County Profile

St. Johns County is home to more than 265,000 people that are served by two municipalities and the County Government.

The County is 608 square miles and is surrounded with beaches, riverfront, and dozens of historical landmarks, which makes it ideally positioned to attract visitors and industry.

St. Johns County has two incorporated cities St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. Unincorporated communities include Ponte Vedra, Hastings, Switzerland, Crescent Beach, Tocoi, Bakersville, Picolatta, Orangedale, Fruit Cove, Summer Haven and Vilano Beach. St. Augustine, the county seat, was incorporated under Florida law on December 2, 1924. It has a city manager and an elected commissioners form of government. St. Augustine Beach was incorporated on January 1, 1960 and also has the mayor/council form of government.

A recent study places St. Johns County as the 10th fastest-growing county in the United States. The total population in St. Johns County is an estimated 265,512, a 40% increase in the past 10 years.

The county was created in 1821 when General Andrew Jackson, Governor of the Territory of Florida, divided the State in two Counties. The East was designated St. Johns County and the West was named Escambia County. St. Johns County has since diminished in size to approximately 608 square miles, but remains one of the foremost counties in Florida and, indeed, the Nation.

County Economy

The County's economic base is diverse and primarily tourism-related. We continually promote a better balance of local employment opportunities, including industrial and office-related jobs.

Economic Development initiatives have focused on enhancing the growth of existing businesses and attraction of new business through policies that will establish St. Johns County as a location of choice to conduct business in a flexible business climate that is balanced by vibrant neighborhoods and natural environment.

By working together through strategic partnerships, St. Johns County can welcome and encourage those opportunities that will create jobs and strengthen the County's diverse economy.