St. Johns County is home to more than 190,000 people that are served by three 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 3 incorporated cities St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, and Hastings. Unincorporated communities include Ponte Vedra, 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. Hastings, the potato capital of Florida, was incorporated in 1931 and has a mayor and an elected council type of government. St. Augustine Beach was incorporated on January 1, 1960 and also has the mayor/council form of government.
Between 1990 and 2000 the County's population grew 47 percent, nearly double the growth rate for the rest of the State. A recent study places St. Johns County as one of the fastest growing in the State through the year 2010, including job growth and income growth. The County ranks 23rd in the nation in population growth from 1970 to 1990.
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.
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 attract new business through policies that will establish St. Johns County as a good place to conduct business with a flexible business climate that is balanced by vibrant neighborhoods and mindful stewardship of 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.