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Gadsden County FL
Gadsden County is in the central panhandle of Florida and is distinctive in its being the state’s only county with a predominantly African-American residents accounting for 56 percent of the population as of 2017. This county was established in 1823 and was named after James Gadsden, the Florida aide-de-camp of Andrew Jackson.
Gadsden has a total area of 529 square miles, 516 of which is land spreading 19 miles west of state capital Tallahassee. The county’s western boundary is defined by the Apalachicola River, while the Ochlockonee River borders Gadsden to the east. Lake Talquin bounds the county to the southeast, while the State of Georgia bordering Gadsden to the north.
Gadsden has strong agricultural base that traces back to the county’s tobacco farming history. These farms, however, have been now replaced principally by corn and cotton plantations as well as livestock farming.
Businesses in search of new and lucrative growth opportunities will find a robust base in Gadsden. The county has a well-connected road network to support sales and marketing of products. Various options are likewise available for shipping and transport of goods by air, rail and river.
The county, moreover, boasts of five business parks offering a wide selection of sites suitable not only for light and heavy industries but also for office and commercial uses as well as for logistics and warehousing. As important, Gadsden has developed abundant, reliable and affordable utilities with a capacity to meet the current and future needs of business and industry.
The county, in addition, enjoys proximity and access to Florida suppliers of vital commodities from the region’s agriculture and forestry sectors as well as other market players. It also draws strength from the wide-ranging state and county incentives for business locators. Gadsden flexes its muscle too with its well-honed regional and local workforce of over quarter of a million.
Robust Market Base
With a consumer base of nearly 48,000 residents, Gadsden has a growth potential indeed hard to ignore. More so that thousands of tourists visit the county each year, drawn by its many travelers’ attractions which are likewise magnets to would-be residents.
Whether it’s an hour, a day or a lifetime, Gadsden is a great place to be. The county offers myriads of outdoor destinations for camping, hunting, boating/kayaking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. The county also takes prides in its historic homes and architecture, art exhibits and museums. Small-town shopping is quite experience as well, particularly in its quaint town of Havana, where three square blocks could yield precious finds from some 30 antique shops.
Available housing is plentiful in Gadsden, where prospective home buyers can pick from options on contemporary homes to historical houses. An economical lifestyle is likewise a come-on for this county which has a lower cost of living compared to most of Florida’s home-buying destinations.
But while Gadsden provides a laid-back community living, its residents can easily partake of many urban delights as the state capital, Tallahassee, is less than 30 minutes’ drive from the county.