Columbia County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 67,531. Its county seat is Lake
Columbia County comprises the Lake City, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Gainesville-Lake City, FL Combined Statistical Area.
Christopher Columbus. Columbia is a New Latin neologism, based on the surname of the discoverer Christopher Columbus.
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Columbia County was established on February 04, 1832 from a portion of Alachua County, as the fifteenth county in
Florida. Columbia County was named in the honor of Christopher Columbus. In 1858 Suwannee County was cut from a portion
of Columbia County. The County Seat for Columbia County, is Lake City, Florida. Lake City was once the location of a
large village established by none other than the famous explorer, Hernando DeSoto. The area now known as Lake City, was
in the early days known as Halpata Telofa, which may have come from the name of a chief of an Indian Village that was
also, at one time, found in the area known today as Lake City. The chief's name was Halpatter Tustenuggee, said to mean
According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 801 square miles (2,075 km2), of which, 797
square miles (2,064 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) of it (0.50%) is water.
The Columbia County School District operates public schools.
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