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The Cities and communities of Washington County, Florida *

Chipley (county seat)

Crystal Lake


Live Oak

New Hope

Red Head



*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Washington County, Florida



Soil: gray-brown surface; upland acid soils with yellow to brownish-red subsoil.
Mineral resources: sand, clay and limestone.
Elevation: 125 average feet above sea level
Size: 580 square miles


Washington County is located in the heart of the Florida Panhandle. It is near Interstate 10 and on Highway 231. Airports, railroads and shipping ports are all within a short drive


1980 - 14,509
1981 - 16,919
1982 - 20,043
1999 - 22,155
2005 - 26,500 (projected)
2010 - 30,100 (projected)

Population density in 1997 of about 38 people per square mile



Here is a history page for Washington County. check these two pages to see if they are the same
Here is another county history page.

Washington County was created in 1825

Washington County, Florida, when created, was nearly twice the size of the State of Delaware, stretching all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. After a century of boundary shifts, the county, with over 382,000 acres of rolling hills covered in thick stately pines and mixed hardwood forests, now covers a large portion of the central Florida Panhandle. Over a span of more than 150 years, Washington County has seen Native American, Spanish and English cultural influences. There are numerous Native American Mounds and evidence of strong settlements still being discovered. Many stories of the area have been handed down for generations, particularly those of Andrew Jackson.

The county was named after George Washington. It was first settled by those seeking both economic and political freedoms in this frontier land of vast timber and mineral resources. Inland waterway transportation brought about heavy river settlements. The arrival of railroads in the late 1800's boosted economic, social and political developments.

Vernon, the geographical center of the county, is named for George Washington's Virginia home, Mt. Vernon. The pioneer town was also the site of a major Indian settlement. The county courthouse was located in Vernon during the early part of this century until a railroad town in northeastern Washington County, Chipley, became the new and present county seat in 1927.



Schools in the county
listing basic info plus higher education links.

Organizations & Groups

Washington County Chamber of Commerce
685 7th Street
P.O. Box 457
Chipley, Florida 32428
Phone: 850-638-4157
FAX: 850-638-8770

Attractions & Information

information on Washington County

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