Freeport, Florida

Freeport is a city in Walton County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau was 1,787. The 2018 population estimate, also according to the U.S. Census Bureau was 2,472.[6]

Freeport, Florida
Freeport City Hall, September 2014.
Freeport City Hall, September 2014.
Location in Walton County and the state of Florida
Location in Walton County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°30′9″N 86°7′49″W / 30.50250°N 86.13028°W / 30.50250; -86.13028Coordinates: 30°30′9″N 86°7′49″W / 30.50250°N 86.13028°W / 30.50250; -86.13028
Country United States
State Florida
County Walton
Government
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorRussell "Russ" Barley[1]
 • City Council
Area
 • Total19.00 sq mi (49.21 km2)
 • Land18.94 sq mi (49.06 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
Elevation
33 ft (10 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,787
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
2,566
 • Density135.45/sq mi (52.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
32439
Area code(s)850
FIPS code12-24825[4]
GNIS feature ID0282806[5]
Websitewww.freeportflorida.gov

GeographyEdit

Freeport is located at 30°30′09″N 86°07′49″W / 30.502430°N 86.130255°W / 30.502430; -86.130255.[7] The city is located along U.S. Route 331 and Florida State Road 20. U.S. 331 runs from north to south to the east of the city, leading north 17 mi (27 km) to DeFuniak Springs, the Walton County seat, and south 11 mi (18 km) to U.S. Route 98 near Santa Rosa Beach. FL-20 runs from west to east through the main part of the city, leading east 17 mi (27 km) to Ebro and west 24 mi (39 km) to Niceville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.0 km2 (10.8 sq mi), of which 10.8 square miles (28 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.28%) is water.

Freeport is situated at the junction of Four Mile Creek and Lafayette Creek which empty out into LaGrange Bayou, which is connected to the Choctawhatchee Bay.

HistoryEdit

Freeport is said to have been established circa 1830. The settlement was originally known as Genoa, later Four Mile Landing, and finally Freeport. It was supposedly named Freeport because there was no charge to use the dock ('free port') at the junction of Four Mile Creek and Lafayette Creek.[8]

Historically, the economy of Freeport was largely dependent on the local timber industry through sawmills and logging, as well as the processing of turpentine.[9]

After the introduction of the railroad in Defuniak Springs, Freeport lost its position as the economic powerhouse in Walton County. Today it has a sizeable population of people who serve at Eglin AFB.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970518
198066929.2%
199084326.0%
20001,19041.2%
20101,78750.2%
Est. 20192,566[3]43.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2000 CensusEdit

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,190 people, 500 households, and 327 families living in the city. The population density was 110.4 people per square mile (42.6/km2). There were 563 housing units at an average density of 52.2/sq mi (20.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.77% White, 2.35% African American, 2.18% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 500 households, out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,735, and the median income for a family was $33,214. Males had a median income of $31,375 versus $19,219 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,114. About 18.0% of families and 21.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.0% of those under age 18 and 23.2% of those age 65 or over.

2010 CensusEdit

As of the census of 2010,[11] there were 1,787 people, 702 households, and 472 families living in the city. The population density was 110.4 people per square mile (42.6/km2). There were 563 housing units at an average density of 52.2/sq mi (20.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.6% White, 2.9% African American, 1.8% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.1% of the population.

Racial composition 2010[11] 2000[4]
White 87.6% 92.8%
Black or African American 2.9% 2.4%
Asian 1.7% 0.1%
Hispanic or Latino 9.1% 1.1%
American Indian 1.8% 2.2%

SchoolsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Russ Barley Mayor | Freeport Florida". www.freeportflorida.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ Bureau, U. S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2019-06-25.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ https://www.freeportflorida.gov/community/page/history
  9. ^ "History of South Walton". www.visitsouthwalton.com. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Bureau, U. S. Census. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2019-06-26.