Lake City, Florida, is in Columbia County and has a population of 67,531. As the county seat, it is also the main city in the Lake City Micropolitan Statistical Area. The town has a total area of 12.4 square miles and its northern Florida location puts it 60 miles east of Jacksonville, 106 miles east of Tallahassee, 46 miles south of Gainesville, and 62 miles northeast of Valdosta, George. Lake City has a strong residential presence, and its availability of lots and lands could trigger more potential for development and growth.
Two festivals are held annually in Lake City. One is the Olustee Battle Festival, which is centered around the reenactment of a battle fought during the American Civil War. Soldiers from both sides of the conflicts are honored with a memorial service and a festival and craft show takes place. Several outdoor activities take place, such as a parade, a museum exhibit, and dancing. Another is the Alligator Warrior Festival, which celebrates Lake City’s historical roots as a former Seminole community, which evolved into a larger public community with Europeans, Africans, and mixed-race settlers. The history and the culture are honored and trade skills, such as blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, and barrel making , are demonstrated. Shopping malls are popular, as are the golf and country club, the farmers markets, and the county historical museum.
Lake City is in a humid, subtropical climate that is common in the southeastern United States. It gets 222 sunny days in a typical year and sees highs of 91 degrees in the summer and lows of 42 degrees in the winter. The suburb gets 53 inches of rain annually but no snow. Lake City expects around 115 days of measurable precipitation per year. Lake City has a reputation for being known as "The Gateway to Florida" because of Interstate 75 running through it, bringing in commercial traffic and tourists. Besides travelers, Lake County also relies on agricultural products, such as tobacco, peanuts, corn, cotton, timber, melons, and pulpwood to contribute to its economy. The largest employers are the Columbia Country School System and the VA Medical Center. The public school district governs nine elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, and an alternative school. Florida Gateway College is the one higher education institution, offering associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. Peruse through our listings of homes for sale in Lake County and learn more about a new place in Florida to call home.