Gadsden County, Florida

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Gadsden County is a county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2000 census, the population was 45,087. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 46,428 [1]. Its county seat is Quincy, Florida[1]. Gadsden County is the only predominantly African-American county in Florida. Gadsden county is home to two high schools - West Gadsden High School (merged from the former Chattahoochee High and Greensboro High) located on the western outskirts of Quincy near Greensboro, and East Gadsden High School (merged from the former James A. Shanks High and Havana Northside High) located on Hwy 90 East of Quincy.

The county is part of the Tallahassee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Gadsden County was created in 1823. It was named for James Gadsden of South Carolina, who served as Andrew Jackson's aide-de-camp in Florida in 1818. There were once only two high schools that blacks in Gadsden County could attend: Carter-Parramore (which is now a middle school) and Stevens High Schools.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 528 square miles (1,367.5 km2), of which 516 square miles (1,336.4 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31.1 km2) (2.34%) is water.

Gadsden County is part of the Tallahassee Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gadsden County is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. Its western border with Jackson County forms the boundary in this area between the Eastern Standard and Central Standard Time Zones.

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