Liberty County Florida Located in North West Florida
Liberty County Cities
Land area (rank): 837 square miles (23)
Population 1993 (rank): 5,720 (66)
Population density 1993 (rank): 7 persons per square mile (67)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 30.7% (32)
Liberty County is in northwest Florida and is bordered by Calhoun,
Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, and Gadsden counties. The county
has 6 square miles of water. The average January temperature is
53.1 degrees F, and the average August temperature is 81.5 degrees
F . The average annual rainfall is 58.94 inches.
Liberty County was established from Gadsden County in 1855
and named for the concept of "liberty."
Most of Liberty County is part of the Apalachicola National
Forest. In 1993, 83% of Liberty County's population was in unincorporated
areas. Bristol, the only incorporated place in the county, had
a 1993 population of 959. In 1993, 81% of Liberty County's population
was white and 19% was nonwhite. In 1990, 1.9% of the population
was Hispanic. Of the population increase between 1980 and 1990,
85.0% was due to net migration. The 1992 birth rate was 13.6 live
births per 1,000 persons, and the 1992 death rate was 6.9 deaths
per 1,000 persons. In 1992 the infant mortality rate was 13.0
per 1,000. The leading causes of death in 1993 were cancer, heart
disease, and stroke.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 39.7% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 0.3%. In
1990, 56.7% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 7.3% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Served by Chipola Junior College (Jackson County).
The per capita income in Liberty County for 1993 was $13,881
(52nd highest in the state). The median family income in 1989
was $22,253. In 1989, 13.7% of households had incomes below the
poverty level. In 1990, 31.7% of personal income in Liberty County
was derived from transfer payments. In 1992 the greatest numbers
of persons in Liberty County were employed in the government,
services, and manufacturing sectors. In the services sector the
major employers were social services. Lumber and wood products
firms accounted for the most employment in the manufacturing sector.
In 1992 there were 71 farms in Liberty County, totalling 11,738
acres (2% of land in the county). Corn is the county's major agricultural
product. In 1991, 8,987 thousand board feet of softwood logs,
714 thousand board feet of hardwood logs, 55,898 cords of softwood
for pulp, and 3,693 cords of hardwood for pulp were produced.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $39,600
Median monthly rent 1990: $158
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 40.6
Housing starts 1992: 17
Housing starts 1993: 17
In 1992 the price level index for Liberty County was 93.29
(41st highest in the state).
In 1993, the ad valorem millage rate was 10.000, and the total
taxable value of property was $81,926,959. Taxable sales totalled
$18.20 million in 1992 and $10.50 million in 1993. Lottery sales
totalled $693 thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Liberty County's
revenues totalled $4,968 thousand ($884.0 per capita) and its
expenditures $5,079 thousand ($903.7 per capita). Of those 18
years of age and older, 78.3% were registered to vote in 1992.
Of these 97.3% were registered Democrat and 2.5% were registered
Republican. In the 1992 presidential election 43.7% of the votes
were cast for Bush, 31.8% for Clinton, and 24.0% for Perot.
Places of Interest
Torreya State Park, vicinity of Bristol.