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Jefferson County Florida Demographics

As a rural county, Jefferson has a low population density. With 22 people per square mile, the county population density is less than one-tenth Florida's density.

Because of its low cost of living, quick access to I10 and Highway 90 and natural, rural environment, it is developing into a 'bedroom community' to Tallahassee. Almost one half of the non-farm workforce commutes outside the county for employment, many to professional, academic, state government, service and trade jobs.

In like manner, consumers in Jefferson County depend on Tallahassee and Thomasville, Georgia (20 miles north of Monticello) for hospitals and specialized health care, consumer durables, automobiles, sports and entertainment, and specialized retail purchases.

Agriculture has long been the traditional base of the economy, but the community is in transition. Over 90% of non-farm private employment is in small business, double the state rate.

The population is roughly 56% white, 44% black, with the percentages reversed in the age group under age 18 years.

Office of Economic & Development Research

The Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) is a research arm of the Legislature principally concerned with forecasting economic and social trends that affect policy making, revenues, and appropriations.

EDR provides objective information to committee staffs and members of the legislature in support of the policy making process. They publish all of the official economic, demographic, revenue, and agency workload forecasts that are developed by Consensus Estimating Conferences and makes them available to the Legislature, state agencies, universities, research organizations, and the general public.

Data from United States Census Bureau

Jefferson County, FL

2016 Population Estimates 13,906
Median Household Income $43,355
Persons in poverty, percent 19.4%
Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher 79.9%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent 14.1%
Median Housing Value $135,200
Total Housing Units 6,602
Number of Companies 1,097
Veterans 1,479

Monticello, FL

Monticello is the County Seat, and the only incorporated city in Jefferson County.

2015 Population Estimate 2,411
Median Household Income $34,152
Persons in poverty, percent 18.0 %
Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher 80.9%
Persons without health insurance, percent 17.4%
Median Housing Value $117,300
Total Housing Units 1,285
Number of Companies 401
Male Median Income $30,952
Female Median Income $18,675
Veterans 124