Columbia County is a county located in the state of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 67,531. Columbia County was
created on February 4, 1832 from Alachua County. The county
seat is Lake
This county is named for Christopher Columbus (c. 1451-1506), explorer of the Americas.
Columbia County comprises the Lake City, FL Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Gainesville-Lake City, FL Combined Statistical Area.
This county is named for Christopher Columbus (c. 1451-1506), explorer of the Americas. Columbia is a New Latin neologism, based on the surname of the discoverer Christopher Columbus.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
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
As reported by the 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.
Columbia county is located in north Florida. Part of Osceola National
Forest is located in Columbia county.
Bordering counties are as follows:
The Columbia County School District operates public schools.