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
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Data from United States Census Bureau
|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|
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|