Sopchoppy, Florida

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Sopchoppy is a city in Wakulla County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Tallahassee, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 426 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 465 [1]. Ochlockonee River State Park is nearby.

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Geography

Sopchoppy is located at 30°3′36″N 84°29′28″W / 30.06°N 84.49111°W / 30.06; -84.49111 (30.059994, -84.491084)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km².)

History

The town's name is a corruption of "Lockchoppe." Derived from the Muskogee lokchapi (lokcha (acorn) / api (stem)), this was the old name of the nearby river.[4]

Sopchoppy came into existence in 1894. After the CT&G Railroad Company had built a railway through the area, they platted the town on property they already owned in the area, across the river from Greenough. To encourage people to settle there, the railroad engaged in a significant advertising campaign, exaggerating the quality of the soil and climate.[5]

Demographics

As of the 2000 census[1], there were 426 people, 178 households, and 111 families residing in the city. The population density was 280.4 people per square mile (108.2/km²). There were 216 housing units at an average density of 142.2/sq mi (54.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.40% White, 18.08% African American, 1.17% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 1.17% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.99% of the population.

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