Santa Rosa County Florida Located in North West Florida
Santa Rosa County Cities
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Land area (rank): 1,024 square miles (16)
Population 1993 (rank): 90,259 (33)
Population density 1993 (rank): 88 persons per square mile (34)
Growth 1980-1990 (rank): 45.8% (19)
Santa Rosa County is in northwest Florida and is bordered by
Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico, and by Escambia and Okaloosa counties.
The county has 120 square miles of water. The average January
temperature is 53.8 degrees F, and the average August temperature
is 80.5 degrees F. The average annual rainfall is 58.85 inches.
Santa Rosa County was established in 1842 from a portion of
Escambia County and named for Santa Rosa Island, which was named
for the Catholic saint St. Rosa de Viterbo.
The majority of the county's acreage is in timber. In 1993,
85% of the county's population was in unincorporated areas. The
incorporated place with the greatest population is Milton, with
a 1993 population of 7,451, followed by Gulf Breeze, with a 1993
population of 5,802. Gulf Breeze has developed from an area of
less than 1,000 in 1960. The unincorporated area with the greatest
population in 1990 was Pace with a population of 6,277. The U.S.
Bureau of the Census has designated Santa Rosa County (with Escambia
County) as the Pensacola Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1993,
94% of Santa Rosa County's population was white and 6% was nonwhite.
In 1990, 1.5% of the population was Hispanic. Of the population
increase between 1980 and 1990, 74.2% was due to net migration.
The 1992 birth rate was 15.0 live births per 1,000 persons and
the 1992 death rate was 6.2 deaths per 1,000 persons. In 1992
the infant mortality rate was 9.2 per 1,000. The leading causes
of death in 1993 were heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Of all 1992 high school graduates, 75.4% planned to continue
their education. The 1992 high school dropout rate was 2.8%. In
1990, 78.5% of persons in the county were high school graduates,
and 18.6% had completed four or more years of college. Colleges
and universities. Served by Pensacola Junior College (Escambia
The per capita income in Santa Rosa County for 1993 was $15,944
(33rd highest in the state). The median household income in 1989
was $24,584. In 1989, 11.5% of families had incomes below the
poverty level. In 1990, 19.0% of personal income in Santa Rosa
County was derived from transfer payments. In 1992 the greatest
numbers of persons in Santa Rosa County were employed in the government,
retail trade, and services sectors. Whiting Field Naval Air Station
and Eglin Air Force Base are major federal government employers.
Employers of the greatest numbers of persons in the retail trade
sector were eating and drinking establishments and food stores.
In the services sector employers of the greatest numbers of persons
were medical and other health services and business services.
Major employers in the manufacturing sector are a large lumber
mill in Bagdad and several chemical plants. In 1992 there were
430 farms in Santa Rosa County, totalling 79,270 acres (12% of
land in the county). In 1991, 18,278 thousand board feet of softwood
logs, 116,547 cords of softwood for pulp, and 8,255 cords of hardwood
for pulp were produced. In 1991, 1,365,291 pounds of fish and
211,978 pounds of shellfish were landed in Santa Rosa County.
Median value of a single-family home 1990: $65,900
Median monthly rent 1990: $285
Mobile homes as a % of total housing: 19.7
Housing starts 1992: 1,390
Housing starts 1993: 1,469
In 1992 the price level index for Santa Rosa County was 91.60
(56th highest in the state).
In 1993, the ad valorem millage rate was 6.9720, and the total
taxable value of property was $2,263,661,785. Taxable sales totalled
$363.70 million in 1992 and $391.60 million in 1993. Lottery sales
totalled $11,005 thousand in 1992-93. In 1990-91 Santa Rosa County's
revenues totalled $48,861 thousand ($582.1 per capita) and its
expenditures $44,871 thousand ($534.6 per capita). Of those 18
years of age and older, 85.0% were registered to vote in 1992.
Of these, 58.8% were registered Democrat and 36.3% were registered
Republican. In the 1992 presidential election 52.9% of the votes
were cast for Bush, 26.8% for Perot, and 20.0% for Clinton.
Events and Places of Interest
Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Gulf Breeze; Thomas Creek Archaeological
District, East of Chumuckla; Scratch Ankle Festival, Milton, March.