Jefferson County Economic Development Council

Where Florida's Legacy Meets The Future


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Lifestyle in Jefferson County Florida

The qualities you consider when choosing a place to live are the same ones that make good sense for your business: a safe, clean environment, access to health care and education, employees with a good work ethic, affordable housing and the support of good neighbors. You’ll find all that – and more – in Jefferson County.

Better than Beaches!

horses in a pasture with large oak in Jefferson County Florida

"Rural" has new meaning for the people moving here today. Sparse populations, low crime, people living close to the land who have an appreciation for hard work and a neighborly attitude, blend well with greater prosperity and education available to today's workers.

Here in North Florida, the climate and history provide a particular charm for people who enjoy pastoral views of livestock, canopied roads and beautiful southern homes.

Our residents enjoy the best of rural living AND easy access to the “big city” amenities offered by Tallahassee, the nearby state capitol, or Thomasville, Georgia, a well-appointed town to the north.

Monticello is the county seat and is well-known for its historic homes and buildings. The downtown area is designated a National Historic District.

It is also well-known for its festivals and public events. The annual Watermelon Festival, Halloween Haunted House tours and Christmas village re-enactment are examples.

Abundant natural features, including lakes and rivers, First Magnitude springs and forests provide opportunities for outdoor activities.

The County recently designated a 4-loop Heritage Road System, consisting of four distinct trails all beginning and ending in Monticello. Hundreds of bicyclists from across the Southeast are attracted to these and other scenic rides, making the community a true destination for cyclists.

Jefferson County has a moderate climate. Summers are long, warm and humid. Winters are mild to cool. The Gulf of Mexico moderates maximum and minimum temperatures.

Annual rainfall in the county averages about 55 inches. Rainfall is heaviest from June to September; about 44 percent of the annual rainfall occurs during this period. Moderately intense rains of long duration occur in the spring. October and November are the driest months.