Place:St. Johns, Florida, United States

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NameSt. Johns
Alt namesSaint Johnssource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Saint Johns countysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
St. Johnssource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates29.883°N 81.417°W
Located inFlorida, United States     (1821 - )
See alsoFlagler, Florida, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
Putnam, Florida, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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St. Johns County is a county of the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2010 United States Census, the county's population was 190,039. The county seat and largest incorporated city is St. Augustine. The county was established in 1821. It is one of the first counties created when Florida was ceded to the United States, and it was named after the St. Johns River, which runs along its western border.

St. Johns County is included in the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is primarily made up of residential bedroom communities. Tourism, primarily associated with St. Augustine and the many golf courses in the area, is the chief economic industry.

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History

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St. Johns County’s history begins in 1821, when Colonel Robert Butler received Spanish East Florida from Captain General Colonel Jose Coppinger. Butler represented Major General Andrew Jackson, Governor of the Provinces of the Floridas, exercising the powers of the Captain General and the Intendents of the Island of Cuba and the Governors of the said provinces, respectively, who ordained that all of that country lying east of the river Suwannee should be designated as the County of St. Johns.

St. Johns was established along with Escambia County on July 21, 1821, just eleven days after Butler received Florida for the United States, and only five days from the time St. Augustine was incorporated. The name St. Johns was created from the Spanish Mission (1590) San Juan del Puerto/St. John’s of the Harbor. The apostrophe was dropped in 1932 by the Department of the Interior because the apostrophe showed ownership.

It was a huge county, encompassing more than 39,000 square miles, 475 miles long by 165 miles wide. Further, except for Maine, St. Johns County was larger than all eleven states of the Union at that time. Much of the county was uninhabited. St. Augustine was the oldest European permanent settlement, and there were Native Americans in the county as well.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1821 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1821 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1821 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1823 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1844 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1920 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1830 2,538
1840 2,694
1850 2,525
1860 3,038
1870 2,618
1880 4,535
1890 8,712
1900 9,165
1910 13,208
1920 13,061
1930 18,676
1940 20,012
1950 24,998
1960 30,034
1970 30,727
1980 51,303
1990 83,829

Research Resources

NOTE: See also St. Augustine

Governmental Resources

The main county administration center is located north of St. Augustine just off U.S. 1 on Lewis Speedway (see |map). Below are links to several useful county agencies and activities.


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