Flagler County, Florida
Flagler County is a county on the east coast of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 95,696. Its county seat is Bunnell. Created in 1917 from portions of Saint Johns and Volusia Counties, it was named for Henry Morrison Flagler, who built the Florida East Coast Railway.
|Flagler County, Florida|
Flagler County Courthouse in Bunnell
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
|Founded||April 28, 1917|
|Named for||Henry Morrison Flagler|
|Largest city||Palm Coast|
|• Total||571 sq mi (1,479 km2)|
|• Land||485 sq mi (1,256 km2)|
|• Water||85 sq mi (220 km2), 15.0%|
|• Density||228/sq mi (88/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC−5/−4|
Flagler County is included in the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach, FL metropolitan statistical area, and is also included in the Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach, FL Combined Statistical Area.
In 1998, when two brush fires threatened to become one huge brush fire in Flagler County, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the entire county. This was the first and so far the only time a whole county was evacuated in Florida.
Parks and gardensEdit
- Belle Terre Park
- Betty Steflik Preserve
- Bings Landing
- Bird of Paradise Nature Reserve
- Bull Creek Campground
- Bulow Creek State Park
- Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
- Central Park in Town Center
- Children's Memorial Garden
- Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
- Graham Swamp Preserve
- Haw Creek Preserve / Russell Landing
- Heroes Memorial Park
- Herschel King Park
- Hidden Trails Park
- James F. Holland Memorial Park
- Jungle Hut Park
- Lehigh Trail
- Longs Landing Estuary
- Malacompra Park
- Moody Homestead Park
- Old Dixie Park
- Old Salt Park
- Palm Coast Community Center & Park
- Palm Coast Linear Park
- Princess Place Preserve
- Ralph Carter Park
- River to Sea Preserve
- Seminole Woods Neighborhood Park
- Shell Bluff Park
- Silver Lake Park
- St. Joe Walkway
- Varn Park
- Veteran's Park
- Wadsworth Park
- Washington Oaks State Gardens
- Waterfront Park
- Wickline Park
Rivers and WaterwaysEdit
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 49,832 people, 21,294 households, and 15,672 families residing in the county. The population density was 103 people per square mile (40/km²). There were 24,452 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.27% White, 8.83% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. 5.09% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 90.1% spoke English, 5.0% Spanish and 1.2% German as their first language.
1.8% of the population identified themselves as being of non-Hispanic West Indian Ancestry.
In 2000 there were 21,294 households out of which 21.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 21.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.67.
In the county, the population was spread out with 17.90% under the age of 18, 4.80% from 18 to 24, 20.30% from 25 to 44, 28.30% from 45 to 64, and 28.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $40,214, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $31,184 versus $24,865 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,879. About 6.70% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.70% of those under age 18 and 4.40% of those age 65 or over.
Flagler county was ranked the fastest-growing county in the nation by the US Census Bureau from 2000 to 2005, boasting a 53.3% change, with a July 1, 2005 population estimate at 76,410.
- Interstate 95 
- U.S. 1
- SR A1A
- SR 11
- SR 20
- SR 100
- The Florida East Coast Railway provides rail freight services in the county.
- The Flagler County Airport does not provide commercial air services but does serve private, student and business aviation.
- The Intracoastal Waterway runs just in from the coast in eastern Flagler County and provides for freight shipping and recreational boating.
According to the Secretary of State's office, Republicans are a plurality of registered voters in Flagler County.
|Flagler County Voter Registration & Party Enrollment as of September 30, 2015|
|Political Party||Total Voters||Percentage|
|2014||52.82% 19,996||42.25% 15,994||4.93% 1,868|
|2010||52.91% 17,711||43.11% 14,430||3.98% 1,335|
|2006||51.81% 15,376||45.79% 13,589||2.40% 714|
|2002||55.97% 14,407||43.25% 11,133||0.77% 199|
|1998||54.01% 9,779||45.99% 8,326|
|1994||47.37% 7,160||52.63% 7,954|
Flagler County Public Schools enroll approximately 13,000 students. The system includes two public high schools, Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas High School. The county also has five elementary schools and two middle schools. All elementary schools will be Pre-K to 6th grade and middle schools 7th and 8th. Flagler County schools are:
- Belle Terre Elementary K-6th
- Bunnell Elementary K-6th
- Rymfire Elementary K-6th
- Old Kings Elementary K-6th
- Wadsworth Elementary K-6th
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Pre K-8th
- Buddy Taylor Middle School 7th-8th
- Indian Trails Middle School 7th-8th
- Matanzas High School 9th-12th
- Flagler Palm Coast High School 9th-12th
- Pathways Academy (alternative school)
- iFlagler Virtual School 7th-12th
- Imagine School at Town Center (charter)
- Academies of Excellence's Heritage Academy (charter) (closed after the 2011-2012 school year)
In addition, Daytona State College maintains a branch campus in Palm Coast.
Flagler County Library System consists of two branches with over 57,000 borrowers. The Main Branch is located at 2500 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast and the Bunnell Branch is located at 103 E Moody Blvd, Bunnell. The Flagler County Library system currently employees eighteen staff, with fourteen full-time employees and four part-time employees with an annual operating budget of $1 million.
The Flagler County Public Library was created by the County Commission in 1987, but as early as 1937, a room of the County Courthouse in Bunnell was set aside for a small library, which was sponsored by the Colony Club. The current library director is Holly Albanese.
The Flagler County Library System offers a wide variety of services beyond traditional library services. They have an e-book collection through Overdrive and Axis360. The library system will assist patrons in filing taxes, and applying for some government programs, as well as with passport applications. Both libraries offer fax services, and the Main Branch also offers scanning services.
In 2001, the Flagler County Library System began a local oral history project called the "Flagler County Memories Project". This project is currently being recorded and then preserved on compact discs. The project mission states, "This collection of oral life histories seeks to sample the common themes and unique stories of selected local residents."
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- Flagler County Sheriff's Office
- Flagler County Tax Collector
- Flagler County Clerk of Courts
- Public Defender, 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida serving Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, and Volusia counties
- Office of the State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Circuit and County Court for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida