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Overview

Introduction to Lake City, Florida

Lake City, Florida, in Columbia county, is 41 miles NW of Gainesville, Florida (center to center) and 59 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida

Lake City History

Lake City was originally a Seminole village known as Alpata Telophka, which meant "Alligator Town." In 1830, a white American town named Alligator was established near the Seminole town. The city was incorporated in 1859, and changed its name to Lake City. It is said that the mayor's wife was responsible for it being christened by its present name because she supposedly "refused to hang her lace curtains" in a town named Alligator. In 1864, the American Civil War Battle of Olustee was fought near the city.

Lake City and Nearby Attractions

  • Olustee Battlefield State Monument.
  • Big Shoals State Park.
  • Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center.
  • Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.
  • Olustee Beach.

Things To Do In Lake City

Lake City offers a variety of recreational opportunities and has many rivers and lakes offering scenic views. Wildlife and birds can be observed by the riverside and people can find opportunities for swimming, water skiing and tubing. The Olustee Battlefield State Monument is a popular historical site nearby. Several parks are also located nearby, such as Big Shoals State Park, Ichetucknee Springs State Park and O'Lena State Park. There are soccer fields, tennis courts, semi-private golf courses, auto race tracks and a variety of other recreational facilities available in Lake City as well.

Lake City Transportation

Gainesville Regional Airport is nearby.

Lake City Higher Education

The closest colleges to Lake City include Lake City Community College, Santa Fe Community College and The University of Florida.

People

Total Population 12,082
Male Share of the Population 50%
Female Share of the Population 50%
Senior Citizens 19.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,456
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 33.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $39,759
% Above Poverty Level 72.6%
% Below Poverty Level 27.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 43.3%
Median Gross Rent $768
Median House Value $101,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.2%
US/American 0%
English 14.4%
Irish 11.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles NW of Gainesville, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 59 miles W of Jacksonville, Florida
County Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 32024, 32025, 32055
P.O. Box Zip Codes 32056
Phone Area Codes 386
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.189
Longitude -82.639

Lake City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LAKE CITY 2 E
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 64 F
Apr Temp 56 to 79 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 81 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches
Station LIVE OAK
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 67 F
Apr Temp 55 to 82 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 59 to 83 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches
Station STARKE
Distance 36.8 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 65 F
Apr Temp 53 to 79 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 59 to 81 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Branford 867 $36,458
Fort White 728 $52,356
Lake Butler 2,224 $31,767
Live Oak 6,920 $29,720
White Springs 961 $33,710
Worthington Springs 616 $30,889

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake City Public Libraries

Library
Columbia County Public Library
308 NW COLUMBIA AVENUE
Lake City, Florida
(386) 758-1018

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Lake City Hospitals

LAKE CITY MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
340 NW COMMERCE DRIVE
(386) 719-9000
Emergency Service: Yes

SHANDS AT LAKE SHORE
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
368 NE FRANKLIN STREET
(386) 754-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lake City High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
RT. 10 BOX 258
386-755-8080
Serves 1,810 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

RICHARDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
646 SE PENNSYLVANIA STREE
386-755-8130
Serves 685 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

CHALLENGE LEARNING CENTER
1301 NW LABONTE LANE
386-755-8296
Serves 92 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.2

COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE
372 W DUVAL STREET
386-755-8000
Serves 55 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.6

DAMASCUS ROAD PROJECT
P. O. BOX 3153
386-755-8849
Serves 25 students.

Lake City Colleges

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