Jacob City Florida

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Jacob City occupies three square miles in Jackson County, Florida. Jackson County itself was the third county formed in Florida by Governor Jackson. There were no towns in Jackson County when it was formed and even today, in the heart of Northwest Florida’s panhandle, towns like Jacob City exemplify the southern charm of pristine surroundings and warm local hospitality.

Home to less than three hundred people, of which 95% are of African American origin, Jacob City has had no recent immigrants. There are very few people of Hispanic origin and most of the people have lived here most of their lives. People live the simple traditional life of old Florida making the most of the gifts of nature in this rural setting and enjoy life at a leisurely pace. The average age of the population is thirty-five years with an average income that is below state level. The nearest large towns are in the states of Alabama and Texas

The city’s name has a curious origin. The Jacob Community Development Council received a grant to weatherize houses throughout Jackson County. When the grant expired, the founder, Ms. Cora Beechem, did not renew the program but worked toward the formation of Jacob City that was established as an independent municipality in the mid 1980s. The small local congregation prays at the town’s Saint Mary’s Church.

There are no full time government employees in Jacob City. The local officials are trying to get a $1 million U.S.D.A. Rural Development grant to upgrade water lines, buy a larger water storage tank, and to filter the water system. The water has higher iron content in the water than recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection. A filtering system would help lower the iron content of water consumed by the population. The DEP also wants the city to erect a larger water-storage tank to meet the usage levels though there have been complaints supply problems. The Jackson County Public Library System serves the Jacob City readers. The mission of the County Library is to meet the library needs of every Jackson County resident.

Patrons of the library have the facility to use their library card to check out books, video cassettes, audio cassettes, filmstrips, audio-visual kits, and audio-visual equipment. The two locations of the library also provide reference materials, newspapers, magazines, and microfilm for use within the library.

There are other facilities available to Jackson County residents who live far from the library, as those in Jacob City. The library offers a free interlibrary loan service, Internet through the Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System, a literacy program, and excellent children’s programming. A state of the art Bookmobile travels throughout the county to service those outside of the Marianna and Graceville areas according to a predetermined schedule.

Jackson County's Learning Center offers county residents classes on GED preparation, English as a Second Language, basic computer skills, workforce development skills, and basic literacy. It functions with the assistance of a core staff and volunteers.

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