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Welcome to Jackson County

Historic Jackson County

Living in Jackson

Jackson County is a place of abundant natural beauty where rich history of the past meets the dynamic growth of the future. It offers access to a high quality of life including activities for the outdoor and water enthusiast, the historian, the artist, the athlete, and individuals and families seeking a community that offers well-rounded opportunities while maintaining its small-town feel.

We address the needs of the mind, body, and soul. The local school system and institutions of higher learning assure our children a quality education and a bright future. Our local hospital is currently expanding and works diligently to ensure we have a variety of specialists in the area. There are numerous and varied opportunities to worship in our diverse denominations of churches and faith-based organizations.


Andrew Jackson carried a vision when he passed a bill in 1822 to create a third county in Florida, which he named after himself. Our county, Jackson County, was carved from the two existing counties—St. Johns and Escambia—and our leaders soon developed a vision of their own.

Settlers formed the town of Webbville in January 1827, which was located 9 miles northwest of present-day Marianna. Webbville became our new county’s seat.

Robert Beveridge, a Scotland native, created Marianna in September from one of three 80-acre land tracts he purchased. He and other Marianna settlers traveled to Tallahassee and convinced state leaders to make Marianna the new seat of Jackson County with the promise of free land, the construction of a courthouse, and a public square. Florida legislative leaders could not refuse. Marianna and Jackson County became the heart of what would become known as the Florida Panhandle.


Most medical specialties, home healthcare providers, hospice services, chiropractors, podiatrists, and optometrists are available in Jackson County. Jackson County Public Health Unit offers public health care services for eligible county residents. Assisted living facilities are available for individuals seeking those arrangements.

Jackson County has paid and volunteer fire departments. There is an established 911 emergency communications system accessible anywhere in the county. Marianna, Cottondale, Graceville, Grand Ridge and Sneads have police departments. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol field offices are both located on U.S. 90, west of Marianna.

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A great place to retire

Wide-open spaces, lack of congestion, and comfortable distance from the coast make it a great place to retire.

Lower cost of living
No income tax, low housing costs

Natural beauty and
a variety of recreation

Activities and senior communities
for every step of the retirement journey.


Jackson County's climate is mostly sub-tropical in nature.


Average annual rainfall is between 48 and 64 inches, with peak rain season in the early spring and summer.


The average temperature is 68 degrees F, with temperatures averaging 81 in August and 53 in January.

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