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Flagler County, Florida

US county information
NameFlagler County
StateFlorida
SeatBunnell
Largest cityPalm Coast
US Area
Total Area570.76 sq mi (1478.3 km2)
Land Area485.00 sq mi (1256.2 km2)
Water Area85.77 sq mi (222.1 km2)
Population95696 (2010)
Density76.19/km2 (197.3/sq mi)
Founded28 April 1917

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Flagler County was created in 1917 from portions of Saint Johns and Volusia counties. It was named for Henry Morrison Flagler, a famous railroad builder who built the Florida East Coast Railway. Bunnell is the county seat of Flagler County.

In 1974, Marco Polo Park, a theme park off Interstate 95 opened. It was never profitable and closed soon after.

In 1998, when two brush fires threatened to become one huge brush fire in Flagler County, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for the entire county. This was the first and so far the only time a whole county was evacuated in Florida. Flagler is also a sports town. Three Flagler baseball teams have made it to the State Tournament in the last 2 years.

Flagler County is coextensive with the Palm Coast, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) designated by the Office of Management and Budget and used for statistical purposes by the Census Bureau and other agencies Palm Coast is designated as the MSA's principal city. The Palm Coast, Florida MSA was first defined as a Metropolitan Statistical Area in 2006. Before that date it was designated a micropolitan statistical area.


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