Gadsden County

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Gadsden County, Florida

PO Box 1649
Quincy, FL 32353
Phone: (850) 875-8601
Fax: (850) 875-8612
www.gadsdengov.net

On northern border of FL panhandle, west of Tallahassee; organized Jun 24, 1823 (prior to statehood) from Jackson County. Name Origin: For James Gadsden (1788-1858), SC soldier and politician, negotiator of the Gadsden Purchase (1853)

Area (sq mi):: 528.49 (land 516.13; water 12.35) Population per square mile: 90.00
Population 2005: 46,428 State rank: 43 Population change: 2000-20005 3.00%; 1990-2000 9.70% Population 2000: 45,087 (White 35.90%; Black or African American 57.10%; Hispanic or Latino 6.20%; Asian 0.30%; Other 3.90%). Foreign born: 4.10%. Median age: 35.50
Income 2000: per capita $14,499; median household $31,248; Population below poverty level: 19.90% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $19,588-$20,535
Unemployment (2004): 5.10% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.50% Median travel time to work: 29.30 minutes Working outside county of residence: 51.00%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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The contemporary need for more intensive and systematic research on these areas is affirmed by a recent controversy in Gadsden County, FL that may prove to be a common example of contemporary Black Belt political life even in the wake of the Voting Rights Revolution.
In addition, black lawmakers view black political progress over the last decade in the state in much more pessimistic ways than do white lawmakers." (Button and Hedge 1996, 214) Thus, the tale of Gadsden County, FL coupled with research on the views of black leaders in the region prompted this reflection on the meaning of the highly celebrated 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Voting Rights Act (August 6, 2005).