Crawfordville is the unincorporated county seat of Wakulla County, Florida, United States of America.
Crawfordville is the only unincorporated county seat among Florida’s 67 counties. (Its boosters claim that it is also the only place in the state to have preserved its old wooden courthouse — one that was in use until just after WWII). With rapid development and growth of this place 20 miles from Tallahassee in recent years, it can now also be cited for an extraordinary size and density of a population that doesn’t touch or continue from any municipality. In addition, the county’s having no more than 3 percent of its population in the two tiny municipalities that do exist may make the County seated at Crawfordville one of the most non-municipal in the U.S. Crawfordville, was named after Dr. John L. Crawford who lived in the community and was the town’s doctor.
WAKULLA COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS As of the census² of 2000, there were 22,863 people, 8,450 households, and 6,236 families residing in the county. The population density was 15/km² (38/mi²). There were 9,820 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was White, 11.51% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 1.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 8,450 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.10% were married couples living together, 12.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.99. In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 107.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.80 males. The median income for a household in the county was $37,149, and the median income for a family was $42,222. Males had a median income of $29,845 versus $24,330 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,678. About 9.30% of families and 11.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 15.10% of those age 65 or over.
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Wakulla County stands out in one statistical category: there is a near-absence of any municipal population in this county of perhaps 27,000. Two tiny municipalities hold maybe 3 percent of the population. The county seat, Crawfordville, is the only unincorporated county seat among Florida’s 67 counties, and, lying only 20 miles from Tallahassee, that district has grown dramatically in recent years to an extraordinarily large and dense population for a “rural” place not touching or having any continuity with any incorporated town. The Crawfordville population center may now have 12-18,000 inhabitants in 10-20 square miles.
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