Port St. Joe is a city located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Road 71 in Gulf County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population according to the U.S. Census Bureau is 3,445. This was a decline from 3,644 as of the 2000 census. Port St. Joe became the county seat of Gulf County in 1965.
|Port St. Joe|
|City of Port St. Joe|
|Nickname(s): St. Joe|
Location in Gulf County and the state of Florida
St. Joseph was founded in 1835 by businessmen from nearby Apalachicola, which was troubled by legal conflict over land titles. It was mostly abandoned in 1841 after a yellow fever epidemic; hurricanes in 1843 and 1851 destroyed what structures remained. In the early 20th century a new settlement was founded close to the original after the arrival of the Apalachicola Northern Railroad in 1909. It appears that the more informal "Port St. Joe" was adopted for official use around this time.
Port St. Joe is located at Florida Panhandle and along the Emerald Coast. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land. Port St. Joe averages only 3 feet above sea level. At its highest point it is only 8 feet above sea level. This portion of the town has been dubbed "Highland View". (29.807968, -85.297684), within the