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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,137
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens19.4%
Employed Population 16+4,553
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married31.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.7%
Median Earnings25+$27,707
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$6,032
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,750

Wealth

Median Family Income$39,821
% Above Poverty Level72.5%
% Below Poverty Level27.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone45.1%
Median Gross Rent$772
Median House Value$100,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.8%
English16.4%
Irish10.1%
German9.9%
African6.9%
Italian5.1%
French Except Basque2.7%
Polish1.7%
West Indian1.5%
Norwegian1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Haitian0.8%
Welsh0.6%
Bahamian0.4%
Nigerian0.4%
Icelander0.3%
Russian0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Greek0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Czech0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Lake City Almanac

CategoryValue
County Columbia County
Standard Zip Codes32024, 32025, 32055
P.O. Box Zip Codes32056
Phone Area Codes386
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude30.09
Approximate Longitude-82.73

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)

StationLAKE CITY 2 E
Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp43 to 64 F
Apr Temp56 to 79 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp60 to 81 F
Annual Precip53.6 inches
StationLIVE OAK
Distance20.6 miles
Jan Temp43 to 67 F
Apr Temp55 to 82 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp59 to 83 F
Annual Precip52.8 inches
StationSTARKE
Distance36.8 miles
Jan Temp40 to 65 F
Apr Temp53 to 79 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp59 to 81 F
Annual Precip50.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Branford796$37,321
Fort White817$53,214
Lake Butler2,185$32,054
Live Oak6,921$33,179
White Springs871$40,694
Worthington Springs550$31,000

Lake City Public Libraries

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 Dr
(386) 719-9010
Va Medical Center - Lake City
(Government - Federal)
619 South Marion Ave
(800) 308-8387
Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center
(Government - District/authority)
368 Ne Franklin St
(386) 292-8120

Lake City Public Schools

Belmont Academy
1476 Sw Walter Ave
ZIP: 32024
(386) 487-0487
Other
Total Enrollment 370
Columbia City Elementary School
7438 Sw State Road 47
ZIP: 32024
(386) 758-4850
Primary
Total Enrollment 596
Pinemount Elementary School
324 Sw Gabriel Pl
ZIP: 32024
(386) 755-8179
Primary
Total Enrollment 492
Westside Elementary School
1956 Sw County Road 252b
ZIP: 32024
(386) 755-8280
Primary
Total Enrollment 769
Columbia High School
469 Se Fighting Tiger Dr
ZIP: 32025
(386) 755-8080
High
Total Enrollment 1914
Eastside Elementary School
256 Se Beech St
ZIP: 32025
(386) 755-8220
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Lake City Middle School
843 Sw Arlington Blvd
ZIP: 32025
(386) 758-4800
Other
Total Enrollment 1047
Melrose Park Elementary School
820 Se Putnam St
ZIP: 32025
(386) 755-8260
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Richardson Middle School
646 Se Pennsylvania St
ZIP: 32025
(386) 755-8130
Other
Total Enrollment 561
Summers Elementary School
1388 Sw Mcfarlane Ave
ZIP: 32025
(386) 755-8250
Primary
Total Enrollment 672
Vocational/adult/community Education
409 Sw Saint Johns St
ZIP: 32025
(386) 755-8190
Other
Challenge Learning Center
1301 Nw Labonte Ln
ZIP: 32055
(386) 755-8296
Other
Total Enrollment 109
Columbia Virtual Franchise
372 W Duval St
ZIP: 32055
(352) 758-4935
Other
Total Enrollment 1
Columbia Virtual Instruction Program
372 W. Duval St
ZIP: 32055
(386) 755-8020
Primary
Total Enrollment 4
Columbia Virtual Instruction Program (district Provided)
372 W Duval St
ZIP: 32055
(386) 158-4935
Primary
Total Enrollment 5
Five Points Elementary School
303 Nw Johnson St
ZIP: 32055
(386) 755-8230
Primary
Total Enrollment 428
Niblack Elementary School
837 Ne Broadway Ave
ZIP: 32055
(386) 755-8200
Primary
Total Enrollment 261
Prek Ese
444 W Duval St
ZIP: 32055
(386) 755-8049
Middle
Total Enrollment 11
Residential Services
444 W Duval St
ZIP: 32055
(386) 755-8049
High
Total Enrollment 8
Shining Star Academy Of The Arts
7443 Us Hwy 90 W
ZIP: 32055
(386) 965-9256
Primary
Total Enrollment 101
Vine Academy Of The Arts
217 Ne Kingston Ln
ZIP: 32055
(386) 438-5786

Lake City Private Schools

Joy Explosion Christian Academy
3134 Sw Pinemount Rd
ZIP: 32024
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 5
Lake City Christian Academy
3035 Sw Pinemount Rd
ZIP: 32024
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 133
New Generation School
159 Sw Spencer Ct Ste 106
ZIP: 32024
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 194
A Plus Learning Academy
810 Sw Faith Rd
ZIP: 32025
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 56
Covenant Community School
2019 Sw Main Blvd
ZIP: 32025
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 77
Epiphany Catholic School
1937 Sw Epiphany Ct
ZIP: 32025
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
Tabernacle Baptist Academy
144 Se Montrose Ave
ZIP: 32025
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 15
Springville Preparatory Academy
787 Ne Broadway Ave
ZIP: 32055
Secondary
Total Enrollment 8
The Blake School Of Lake City
7443 Highway 90 W
ZIP: 32055
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
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