Most rural counties in Florida

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November 30, 2021
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Most rural counties in Florida

A surprising number of U.S. counties have 100% rural land-702, in fact. Stacker compiled a list of the most rural counties in Florida using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the percent of land area that is rural, as of the 2010 Census, with ties broken by residents per square mile, according to 2019 5-year population estimates.

According to the Census Bureau, rural land encompasses any land that isn't an urban area. To be considered an urban area, a place has to have a densely settled core of census tracts or blocks and count at least 2,500 people, at least 1,500 of whom must be residents of non-institutional buildings. Areas with 50,000 people or more are considered urbanized areas, while areas with between 2,500 and 50,000 people are considered urban clusters.

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#50. Leon County

- Rural area: 80.8% (539 square miles)
- Urban area: 19.2% (128 square miles)
- Total land area: 667 square miles
--- #37 largest county in state, #1,410 nationwide

- Population density: 434.5 people / square mile (289,770 residents)
--- #51 lowest density county in state, #2,849 nationwide

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#49. Clay County

- Rural area: 82.1% (496 square miles)
- Urban area: 17.9% (108 square miles)
- Total land area: 604 square miles
--- #43 largest county in state, #1,611 nationwide

- Population density: 349.8 people / square mile (211,405 residents)
--- #46 lowest density county in state, #2,778 nationwide

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#48. Citrus County

- Rural area: 82.1% (478 square miles)
- Urban area: 17.9% (104 square miles)
- Total land area: 582 square miles
--- #48 largest county in state, #1,691 nationwide

- Population density: 249.6 people / square mile (145,169 residents)
--- #40 lowest density county in state, #2,675 nationwide

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#47. Polk County

- Rural area: 82.2% (1,477 square miles)
- Urban area: 17.9% (321 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,798 square miles
--- #4 largest county in state, #327 nationwide

- Population density: 381.7 people / square mile (686,218 residents)
--- #48 lowest density county in state, #2,810 nationwide

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#46. Charlotte County

- Rural area: 82.7% (563 square miles)
- Urban area: 17.3% (118 square miles)
- Total land area: 680 square miles
--- #36 largest county in state, #1,380 nationwide

- Population density: 266.2 people / square mile (181,067 residents)
--- #42 lowest density county in state, #2,693 nationwide

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#45. Lake County

- Rural area: 82.9% (777 square miles)
- Urban area: 17.2% (161 square miles)
- Total land area: 938 square miles
--- #18 largest county in state, #756 nationwide

- Population density: 368.6 people / square mile (345,867 residents)
--- #47 lowest density county in state, #2,791 nationwide

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#44. Indian River County

- Rural area: 83.3% (419 square miles)
- Urban area: 16.7% (84 square miles)
- Total land area: 503 square miles
--- #59 largest county in state, #2,066 nationwide

- Population density: 306.2 people / square mile (153,989 residents)
--- #45 lowest density county in state, #2,743 nationwide

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#43. St. Johns County

- Rural area: 84.2% (505 square miles)
- Urban area: 15.9% (95 square miles)
- Total land area: 601 square miles
--- #44 largest county in state, #1,625 nationwide

- Population density: 407.3 people / square mile (244,674 residents)
--- #50 lowest density county in state, #2,836 nationwide

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#42. Martin County

- Rural area: 86.1% (468 square miles)
- Urban area: 13.9% (75 square miles)
- Total land area: 543 square miles
--- #54 largest county in state, #1,917 nationwide

- Population density: 292.7 people / square mile (159,065 residents)
--- #43 lowest density county in state, #2,725 nationwide

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#41. Bay County

- Rural area: 87.1% (661 square miles)
- Urban area: 12.9% (98 square miles)
- Total land area: 758 square miles
--- #29 largest county in state, #1,156 nationwide

- Population density: 240.2 people / square mile (182,161 residents)
--- #39 lowest density county in state, #2,662 nationwide

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#40. Marion County

- Rural area: 89.2% (1,413 square miles)
- Urban area: 10.9% (172 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,585 square miles
--- #5 largest county in state, #383 nationwide

- Population density: 223.1 people / square mile (353,526 residents)
--- #36 lowest density county in state, #2,627 nationwide

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#39. Flagler County

- Rural area: 89.2% (433 square miles)
- Urban area: 10.8% (53 square miles)
- Total land area: 485 square miles
--- #60 largest county in state, #2,137 nationwide

- Population density: 226.2 people / square mile (109,801 residents)
--- #37 lowest density county in state, #2,636 nationwide

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#38. Alachua County

- Rural area: 89.4% (782 square miles)
- Urban area: 10.7% (93 square miles)
- Total land area: 875 square miles
--- #22 largest county in state, #925 nationwide

- Population density: 303.4 people / square mile (265,443 residents)
--- #44 lowest density county in state, #2,739 nationwide

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#37. Osceola County

- Rural area: 89.5% (1,187 square miles)
- Urban area: 10.6% (140 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,327 square miles
--- #6 largest county in state, #448 nationwide

- Population density: 265.1 people / square mile (351,955 residents)
--- #41 lowest density county in state, #2,690 nationwide

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#36. Okaloosa County

- Rural area: 90.2% (839 square miles)
- Urban area: 9.8% (91 square miles)
- Total land area: 930 square miles
--- #19 largest county in state, #771 nationwide

- Population density: 219.1 people / square mile (203,794 residents)
--- #35 lowest density county in state, #2,621 nationwide

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#35. Santa Rosa County

- Rural area: 90.4% (915 square miles)
- Urban area: 9.6% (97 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,012 square miles
--- #16 largest county in state, #666 nationwide

- Population density: 172.8 people / square mile (174,755 residents)
--- #33 lowest density county in state, #2,544 nationwide

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#34. Collier County

- Rural area: 91.1% (1,820 square miles)
- Urban area: 8.9% (178 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,998 square miles
--- #1 largest county in state, #287 nationwide

- Population density: 185.9 people / square mile (371,453 residents)
--- #34 lowest density county in state, #2,568 nationwide

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#33. Sumter County

- Rural area: 93.6% (512 square miles)
- Urban area: 6.4% (35 square miles)
- Total land area: 547 square miles
--- #53 largest county in state, #1,907 nationwide

- Population density: 228.6 people / square mile (125,044 residents)
--- #38 lowest density county in state, #2,641 nationwide

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#32. Highlands County

- Rural area: 93.6% (952 square miles)
- Urban area: 6.4% (65 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,017 square miles
--- #14 largest county in state, #654 nationwide

- Population density: 101.7 people / square mile (103,437 residents)
--- #31 lowest density county in state, #2,267 nationwide

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#31. Nassau County

- Rural area: 93.7% (608 square miles)
- Urban area: 6.3% (41 square miles)
- Total land area: 649 square miles
--- #39 largest county in state, #1,453 nationwide

- Population density: 128.1 people / square mile (83,098 residents)
--- #32 lowest density county in state, #2,396 nationwide

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#30. Putnam County

- Rural area: 94.7% (689 square miles)
- Urban area: 5.3% (38 square miles)
- Total land area: 728 square miles
--- #32 largest county in state, #1,217 nationwide

- Population density: 100.7 people / square mile (73,252 residents)
--- #30 lowest density county in state, #2,259 nationwide

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#29. Monroe County

- Rural area: 96.2% (946 square miles)
- Urban area: 3.8% (38 square miles)
- Total land area: 983 square miles
--- #17 largest county in state, #698 nationwide

- Population density: 77.1 people / square mile (75,798 residents)
--- #26 lowest density county in state, #2,060 nationwide

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#28. Okeechobee County

- Rural area: 96.8% (744 square miles)
- Urban area: 3.2% (25 square miles)
- Total land area: 769 square miles
--- #27 largest county in state, #1,127 nationwide

- Population density: 53.5 people / square mile (41,144 residents)
--- #21 lowest density county in state, #1,748 nationwide

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#27. Columbia County

- Rural area: 96.9% (773 square miles)
- Urban area: 3.1% (25 square miles)
- Total land area: 798 square miles
--- #25 largest county in state, #1,072 nationwide

- Population density: 87.7 people / square mile (69,968 residents)
--- #27 lowest density county in state, #2,159 nationwide

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#26. Gadsden County

- Rural area: 97.5% (503 square miles)
- Urban area: 2.5% (13 square miles)
- Total land area: 516 square miles
--- #57 largest county in state, #2,016 nationwide

- Population density: 89.0 people / square mile (45,945 residents)
--- #28 lowest density county in state, #2,171 nationwide

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#25. Wakulla County

- Rural area: 97.5% (591 square miles)
- Urban area: 2.5% (15 square miles)
- Total land area: 606 square miles
--- #42 largest county in state, #1,603 nationwide

- Population density: 53.3 people / square mile (32,321 residents)
--- #20 lowest density county in state, #1,744 nationwide

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#24. Walton County

- Rural area: 97.6% (1,013 square miles)
- Urban area: 2.4% (25 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,038 square miles
--- #12 largest county in state, #636 nationwide

- Population density: 65.8 people / square mile (68,262 residents)
--- #25 lowest density county in state, #1,920 nationwide

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#23. Bradford County

- Rural area: 97.9% (288 square miles)
- Urban area: 2.1% (6 square miles)
- Total land area: 294 square miles
--- #65 largest county in state, #2,817 nationwide

- Population density: 92.9 people / square mile (27,317 residents)
--- #29 lowest density county in state, #2,201 nationwide

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#22. Union County

- Rural area: 98.0% (239 square miles)
- Urban area: 2.0% (5 square miles)
- Total land area: 244 square miles
--- #67 largest county in state, #2,922 nationwide

- Population density: 62.8 people / square mile (15,303 residents)
--- #23 lowest density county in state, #1,882 nationwide

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#21. DeSoto County

- Rural area: 98.2% (625 square miles)
- Urban area: 1.8% (12 square miles)
- Total land area: 637 square miles
--- #41 largest county in state, #1,496 nationwide

- Population density: 57.9 people / square mile (36,903 residents)
--- #22 lowest density county in state, #1,818 nationwide

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#20. Baker County

- Rural area: 98.4% (576 square miles)
- Urban area: 1.7% (10 square miles)
- Total land area: 585 square miles
--- #46 largest county in state, #1,679 nationwide

- Population density: 48.2 people / square mile (28,211 residents)
--- #17 lowest density county in state, #1,658 nationwide

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#19. Hardee County

- Rural area: 98.4% (628 square miles)
- Urban area: 1.6% (10 square miles)
- Total land area: 638 square miles
--- #40 largest county in state, #1,493 nationwide

- Population density: 42.5 people / square mile (27,131 residents)
--- #16 lowest density county in state, #1,525 nationwide

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#18. Hendry County

- Rural area: 98.7% (1,138 square miles)
- Urban area: 1.3% (15 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,153 square miles
--- #8 largest county in state, #534 nationwide

- Population density: 35.3 people / square mile (40,732 residents)
--- #12 lowest density county in state, #1,345 nationwide

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#17. Jackson County

- Rural area: 99.1% (909 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.9% (9 square miles)
- Total land area: 918 square miles
--- #20 largest county in state, #799 nationwide

- Population density: 52.2 people / square mile (47,945 residents)
--- #19 lowest density county in state, #1,728 nationwide

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#16. Suwannee County

- Rural area: 99.2% (683 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.8% (6 square miles)
- Total land area: 689 square miles
--- #35 largest county in state, #1,359 nationwide

- Population density: 64.0 people / square mile (44,046 residents)
--- #24 lowest density county in state, #1,902 nationwide

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#15. Holmes County

- Rural area: 99.3% (475 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.8% (4 square miles)
- Total land area: 479 square miles
--- #61 largest county in state, #2,160 nationwide

- Population density: 40.6 people / square mile (19,432 residents)
--- #14 lowest density county in state, #1,484 nationwide

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#14. Calhoun County

- Rural area: 99.3% (563 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.7% (4 square miles)
- Total land area: 567 square miles
--- #50 largest county in state, #1,803 nationwide

- Population density: 25.3 people / square mile (14,362 residents)
--- #8 lowest density county in state, #1,077 nationwide

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#13. Taylor County

- Rural area: 99.3% (1,036 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.7% (7 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,043 square miles
--- #11 largest county in state, #627 nationwide

- Population density: 21.0 people / square mile (21,870 residents)
--- #4 lowest density county in state, #926 nationwide

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#12. Washington County

- Rural area: 99.4% (579 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.6% (4 square miles)
- Total land area: 583 square miles
--- #47 largest county in state, #1,687 nationwide

- Population density: 42.5 people / square mile (24,764 residents)
--- #15 lowest density county in state, #1,523 nationwide

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#11. Gilchrist County

- Rural area: 99.5% (348 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.6% (2 square miles)
- Total land area: 350 square miles
--- #63 largest county in state, #2,680 nationwide

- Population density: 51.3 people / square mile (17,953 residents)
--- #18 lowest density county in state, #1,714 nationwide

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#10. Franklin County

- Rural area: 99.5% (532 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.5% (3 square miles)
- Total land area: 535 square miles
--- #56 largest county in state, #1,953 nationwide

- Population density: 22.1 people / square mile (11,811 residents)
--- #5 lowest density county in state, #964 nationwide

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#9. Gulf County

- Rural area: 99.5% (561 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.5% (3 square miles)
- Total land area: 564 square miles
--- #51 largest county in state, #1,825 nationwide

- Population density: 27.6 people / square mile (15,576 residents)
--- #10 lowest density county in state, #1,137 nationwide

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#8. Dixie County

- Rural area: 99.5% (702 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.5% (3 square miles)
- Total land area: 705 square miles
--- #33 largest county in state, #1,312 nationwide

- Population density: 23.5 people / square mile (16,589 residents)
--- #6 lowest density county in state, #1,022 nationwide

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#7. Hamilton County

- Rural area: 99.6% (512 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.4% (2 square miles)
- Total land area: 514 square miles
--- #58 largest county in state, #2,025 nationwide

- Population density: 27.9 people / square mile (14,326 residents)
--- #11 lowest density county in state, #1,151 nationwide

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#6. Glades County

- Rural area: 99.7% (803 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.3% (3 square miles)
- Total land area: 806 square miles
--- #24 largest county in state, #1,051 nationwide

- Population density: 16.8 people / square mile (13,516 residents)
--- #3 lowest density county in state, #791 nationwide

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#5. Madison County

- Rural area: 99.7% (694 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.3% (2 square miles)
- Total land area: 696 square miles
--- #34 largest county in state, #1,337 nationwide

- Population density: 26.5 people / square mile (18,460 residents)
--- #9 lowest density county in state, #1,110 nationwide

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#4. Levy County

- Rural area: 99.7% (1,115 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.3% (3 square miles)
- Total land area: 1,118 square miles
--- #9 largest county in state, #562 nationwide

- Population density: 36.1 people / square mile (40,403 residents)
--- #13 lowest density county in state, #1,371 nationwide

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#3. Jefferson County

- Rural area: 100.0% (598 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.0% (0 square miles)
- Total land area: 598 square miles
--- #45 largest county in state, #1,633 nationwide

- Population density: 23.7 people / square mile (14,161 residents)
--- #7 lowest density county in state, #1,025 nationwide

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#2. Lafayette County

- Rural area: 100.0% (543 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.0% (0 square miles)
- Total land area: 543 square miles
--- #55 largest county in state, #1,918 nationwide

- Population density: 15.9 people / square mile (8,637 residents)
--- #2 lowest density county in state, #763 nationwide

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#1. Liberty County

- Rural area: 100.0% (836 square miles)
- Urban area: 0.0% (0 square miles)
- Total land area: 836 square miles
--- #23 largest county in state, #1,003 nationwide

- Population density: 10.0 people / square mile (8,345 residents)
--- #1 lowest density county in state, #577 nationwide

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