About Bonifay FL
Bonifay, FL is the County Seat of rural Holmes County. It is thought that Holmes County received its name from a Creek Indian chief named Holmes. Originally, the County Seat was located at Hewett’s Bluff when a post office was established in 1848 on a site called Cerro Gordo. The county officially became known as Cerro Gordo in 1861. However, in the years afterward 1861, other towns in Holmes County held the distinction of being the County Seat for short periods of time until Bonifay received that honor permanently in 1905.
Bonifay is a sparsely populated, rural community known for its Southern hospitality and natural beauty. It is surrounded by many creeks and clear springs, rivers and lakes, swamp and wetlands, and forests which can only be described as lush. Many conservation projects are under way to preserve the balance between man and nature to ensure that generations to come can enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Two of the newest features around Bonifay include a new hospital, and 45 miles away to the south in Bay County, a new International Airport. Aside from these new features, there’s fun in the sun on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico just thirty miles to the south. You can stay in town and enjoy some of the craft festivals and all night sing-alongs held throughout the year, and visit the Pro Rodeo in the fall.
The 2000 census stated there were 4,078 people in 2,095 households in Bonifay. Twenty-seven percent of those households had school-age children. There are three public schools in Bonifay: Bonifay Elementary School, Bonifay Middle School, and Holmes County (Bonifay) High to serve those students. A study done in 2004 indicated that nearly 57% of the Bonifay high school graduates go on to pursue further education with nearly 40% completing a Bachelor’s Degree. About 13% of those students go on to post graduate education, earning their Master’s Degree or doctorate degrees.
Bonifay FL Real Estate
Bonifay, FL real estate had increased in value up until lately, due in part to a growth spurt and real estate speculation. Single family homes and manufactured homes range from the 70s to high 100s. Many of the homes are farmhouse or ranch style. There is abundant farm land available as well as smaller acreage. Holmes County is an ideal location for both business and pleasure. Bonifay’s available real estate and economic development incentives allow entrepreneurs to pursue a wide variety of business opportunities.