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Escambia CountySanta Rosa CountyOkaloosa CountyWalton CountyHolmes CountyWashington CountyJackson CountyBay CountyCalhoun CountyGulf CountyFranklin CountyFranklin CountyLiberty CountyGadsden CountyLeon CountyWakulla CountyJefferson CountyTaylor CountyMadison CountyHamilton CountyNassau CountyColumbia CountyBaker CountySuwannee CountyLafayette CountyDuval CountyUnion CountyBradford CountyGilchrist CountyDixie CountyClay CountySt. Johns CountyAlachua CountyPutnam CountyFlagler CountyLevy CountyMarion CountyVolusia CountyBrevard CountyCitrus CountySumter CountyLake CountySeminole CountyOrange CountyHernando CountyPasco CountyPinellas CountyHillsborough CountyPolk CountyOsceola CountyIndian River CountyManatee CountyHardee CountyDeSoto CountySarasota CountyHighlands CountyOkeechobee CountySt. Lucie CountyMartin CountyGlades CountyCharlotte CountyLee CountyHendry CountyPalm Beach CountyCollier CountyBroward CountyMiami-Dade CountyMiami-Dade CountyMonroe CountyMonroe CountyMonroe CountyMonroe CountyA map of Florida's counties with counties labeled. Florida is shaped liked an "L" rotated 180 degrees. Many of the county borders follow the winding courses of river, some are straight. Some of larger counties tend to be in the center of the State.
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There are 67 counties in the state of Florida. It became a territory of the U.S. in 1821 with two counties complementing the provincial divisions retained as a Spanish territory: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east, divided by the Suwanee River. All of the other counties were apportioned from these two original counties. Florida became the 27th U.S. state in 1845, and its last county was created in 1925 with the formation of Gilchrist County from a segment of Alachua County.[1] Florida's counties were originally subdivisions of the state government. In 1968, counties gained the power to develop their own charters.[2] All but one of Florida's county seats are incorporated municipalities. The exception is Crawfordville, county seat of rural Wakulla County.[3]

The names of Florida's counties reflect its diverse cultural heritage. Some are named for Southern political leaders and Spanish explorers, marking the influence of Spanish sovereignty, while others are named for Spanish saints, Native American placenames used by the Spanish, and political leaders of the United States. Natural features of the region, including rivers, lakes, and flora, are also commonly used for county names. Florida has counties named for participants on both sides of Second Seminole War: Miami-Dade County is partially named for Francis L. Dade, a Major in the U.S. Army at the time; Osceola County is named for a Native American resistance leader during the war.[4]

Population figures are based on the 2010 United States Census. The population of Florida is 18,801,310, an increase of 17.6% from 2000. The average population of Florida's counties is 280,616; Miami-Dade County is the most populous (2,496,435) and Liberty County is the least (8,365). The average land area is 805 sq mi (2,085 km2). The largest county is Palm Beach County (2,034 sq mi, 5,268 km2) and the smallest is Union County (240 sq mi, 622 km2). The total area of the state is 65,795  sq miles; of this, the land area of the state constitutes 53,927 square miles (139,670 km2) while the water area constitutes 11,868  sq miles.[5][6]

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) is used by the U.S. government to uniquely identify counties, and is provided for each entry. These codes link to the United States Census Bureau's "quick facts" for each county. Florida's FIPS code of 12 is used to distinguish from counties in other states. For example, Alachua County's unique nationwide identifier is 12001.[7]

CountiesEdit

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Alachua County 001 Gainesville 1824 St. Johns County Derived from the native name of a chasm located northwest of Gainesville &&&&&&&&&0249365.&&&&&0249,365 &&&&&&&&&&&&0874.&&&&&0874 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02264.&&&&&02,264 km2)
A state map highlighting Alachua County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Baker County 003 Macclenny 1861 Bradford County James McNair Baker (1821–1892), a Confederate senator and later a judge in the fourth judicial district &&&&&&&&&&027154.&&&&&027,154 &&&&&&&&&&&&0585.&&&&&0585 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01515.&&&&&01,515 km2)
A state map highlighting Baker County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Bay County 005 Panama City 1913 Washington County St. Andrew's Bay, the central geographic feature of the county &&&&&&&&&0169856.&&&&&0169,856 &&&&&&&&&&&&0764.&&&&&0764 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01979.&&&&&01,979 km2)
A state map highlighting Bay County in the panhandle part of the state. It is medium in size.
Bradford County 007 Starke 1858 Columbia and Alachua counties Richard Bradford, the first officer from Florida to die in the Civil War; he was killed during the Battle of Santa Rosa Island &&&&&&&&&&028255.&&&&&028,255 &&&&&&&&&&&&0293.&&&&&0293 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0759.&&&&&0759 km2)
A state map highlighting Bradford County in the corner part of the state. It is small in size.
Brevard County 009 Titusville 1855 Orange County Thomas Washington Brevard, early settler and later state comptroller from 1853 to 1861 &&&&&&&&&0543566.&&&&&0543,566 &&&&&&&&&&&01018.&&&&&01,018 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02637.&&&&&02,637 km2)
A state map highlighting Brevard County in the southeastern part of the state. It is medium in size and narrow in shape.
Broward County 011 Fort Lauderdale 1915 Miami-Dade County Napoleon Bonaparte Broward (1857–1910), 19th Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909 &&&&&&&&01780172.&&&&&01,780,172 &&&&&&&&&&&01209.&&&&&01,209 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03131.&&&&&03,131 km2)
A state map highlighting Broward County in southern part of the state. It is medium in size and shaped like a rectangle.
Calhoun County 013 Blountstown 1838 Escambia County John C. Calhoun (1782–1850) leading Southern politician from South Carolina &&&&&&&&&&014750.&&&&&014,750 &&&&&&&&&&&&0567.&&&&&0567 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01469.&&&&&01,469 km2)
A state map highlighting Calhoun County in the northwestern part of the state. It is small in size.
Charlotte County 015 Punta Gorda 1921 DeSoto County Probably a corruption of the name of the Calusa, a group of Native Americans from the area &&&&&&&&&0160511.&&&&&0160,511 &&&&&&&&&&&&0694.&&&&&0694 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01797.&&&&&01,797 km2)
A state map highlighting Charlotte County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Citrus County 017 Inverness 1887 Hernando County The county's citrus trees &&&&&&&&&0140031.&&&&&0140,031 &&&&&&&&&&&&0584.&&&&&0584 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01513.&&&&&01,513 km2)
A state map highlighting Citrus County in the middle part of the state. It is medium in size.
Clay County 019 Green Cove Springs 1858 Duval County Henry Clay (1777–1852), Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829 under John Quincy Adams 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".192,370 &&&&&&&&&&&&0601.&&&&&0601 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01557.&&&&&01,557 km2)
A state map highlighting Clay County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Collier County 021 Naples 1923 Lee County Barron Collier (1873–1939), an advertising entrepreneur who developed much of the land in southern Florida &&&&&&&&&0328134.&&&&&0328,134 &&&&&&&&&&&02026.&&&&&02,026 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&05247.&&&&&05,247 km2)
A state map highlighting Collier County in the southern part of the state. It is large in size.
Columbia County 023 Lake City 1832 St. Johns County Christopher Columbus (c. 1451–1506), explorer of the Americas &&&&&&&&&&067485.&&&&&067,485 &&&&&&&&&&&&0797.&&&&&0797 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02064.&&&&&02,064 km2)
A state map highlighting Columbia County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size and narrow in shape.
DeSoto County 027 Arcadia 1887 Manatee County Hernando de Soto (c. 1496/1497–1542), a Spanish explorer and conquistador &&&&&&&&&&034894.&&&&&034,894 &&&&&&&&&&&&0637.&&&&&0637 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01650.&&&&&01,650 km2)
A state map highlighting DeSoto County in the southern part of the state. It is small in size and rectangular in shape.
Dixie County 029 Cross City 1921 Lafayette County Dixie, the common nickname for the Southern United States &&&&&&&&&&016486.&&&&&016,486 &&&&&&&&&&&&0704.&&&&&0704 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01823.&&&&&01,823 km2)
A state map highlighting Dixie County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Duval County 031 Jacksonville 1822 St. Johns County William Pope Duval (1784–1854), the first governor of the Florida Territory &&&&&&&&&0870709.&&&&&0870,709 &&&&&&&&&&&&0774.&&&&&0774 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02005.&&&&&02,005 km2)
A state map highlighting Duval County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Escambia County 033 Pensacola 1821 One of the two original counties of Florida Disputed origin; possibly from the Native American word Shambia, meaning "clear water" &&&&&&&&&0299114.&&&&&0299,114 &&&&&&&&&&&&0664.&&&&&0664 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01720.&&&&&01,720 km2)
A state map highlighting Escambia County in the westernmost part of the state. It is medium in size and narrow in shape.
Flagler County 035 Bunnell 1917 St. Johns and Volusia counties Henry Morrison Flagler (1830–1913), founder of the Florida East Coast Railway &&&&&&&&&&097376.&&&&&097,376 &&&&&&&&&&&&0485.&&&&&0485 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01256.&&&&&01,256 km2)
A state map highlighting Flagler County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Franklin County 037 Apalachicola 1832 Escambia County Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America &&&&&&&&&&011596.&&&&&011,596 &&&&&&&&&&&&0534.&&&&&0534 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01383.&&&&&01,383 km2)
A state map highlighting Franklin County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Gadsden County 039 Quincy 1823 Jackson County James Gadsden (1788–1858), American diplomat and namesake of the Gadsden Purchase &&&&&&&&&&046151.&&&&&046,151 &&&&&&&&&&&&0516.&&&&&0516 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01336.&&&&&01,336 km2)
A state map highlighting Gadsden County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Gilchrist County 041 Trenton 1925 Alachua County Albert W. Gilchrist (1858–1926), the 20th Governor of Florida &&&&&&&&&&017004.&&&&&017,004 &&&&&&&&&&&&0349.&&&&&0349 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0904.&&&&&0904 km2)
A state map highlighting Gilchrist County in the corner part of the state. It is small in size.
Glades County 043 Moore Haven 1921 DeSoto County The Florida Everglades &&&&&&&&&&012635.&&&&&012,635 &&&&&&&&&&&&0774.&&&&&0774 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02005.&&&&&02,005 km2)
A state map highlighting Glades County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Gulf County 045 Port St. Joe 1925 Calhoun County The Gulf of Mexico &&&&&&&&&&015844.&&&&&015,844 &&&&&&&&&&&&0565.&&&&&0565 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01463.&&&&&01,463 km2)
A state map highlighting Gulf County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Hamilton County 047 Jasper 1827 Escambia County Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804), the first United States Secretary of the Treasury and a Founding Father &&&&&&&&&&014671.&&&&&014,671 &&&&&&&&&&&&0515.&&&&&0515 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01334.&&&&&01,334 km2)
A state map highlighting Hamilton County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Hardee County 049 Wauchula 1921 DeSoto County Cary A. Hardee (1876–1957), governor of Florida at the time of creation of Hardee County &&&&&&&&&&027887.&&&&&027,887 &&&&&&&&&&&&0637.&&&&&0637 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01650.&&&&&01,650 km2)
A state map highlighting Hardee County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size and shaped like a rectangle.
Hendry County 051 La Belle 1923 Lee County Francis A. Hendry (1833–1917), early Floridian pioneer and politician &&&&&&&&&&039089.&&&&&039,089 &&&&&&&&&&&01153.&&&&&01,153 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02986.&&&&&02,986 km2)
A state map highlighting Hendry County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Hernando County 053 Brooksville 1843 Hillsborough, Mosquito, and Alachua counties Hernando de Soto (c.1496/1497–1542), a Spanish explorer and conquistador &&&&&&&&&0173094.&&&&&0173,094 &&&&&&&&&&&&0478.&&&&&0478 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01238.&&&&&01,238 km2)
A state map highlighting Hernando County in the middle part of the state. It is medium in size.
Highlands County 055 Sebring 1921 DeSoto County Named for the county's hilly terrain &&&&&&&&&&098630.&&&&&098,630 &&&&&&&&&&&01028.&&&&&01,028 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02663.&&&&&02,663 km2)
A state map highlighting Highlands County in the southern part of the state. It is large in size.
Hillsborough County 057 Tampa 1834 St. Johns County Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire (1718–1793), former Secretary of State of the American Colonies &&&&&&&&01267775.&&&&&01,267,775 &&&&&&&&&&&01051.&&&&&01,051 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02722.&&&&&02,722 km2)
A state map highlighting Hillsborough County in the middle part of the state. It is large in size.
Holmes County 059 Bonifay 1848 Jackson and Walton counties Holmes Creek, which forms the eastern boundary of the county &&&&&&&&&&019873.&&&&&019,873 &&&&&&&&&&&&0482.&&&&&0482 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01248.&&&&&01,248 km2)
A state map highlighting Holmes County in the northwestern part of the state. It is small in size.
Indian River County 061 Vero Beach 1925 St. Lucie County The Indian River Lagoon, which flows through the county &&&&&&&&&0138894.&&&&&0138,894 &&&&&&&&&&&&0503.&&&&&0503 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01303.&&&&&01,303 km2)
A state map highlighting Indian River County in the eastern part of the state. It is small in size.
Jackson County 063 Marianna 1822 Escambia County Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), the seventh President of the United States &&&&&&&&&&049292.&&&&&049,292 &&&&&&&&&&&&0916.&&&&&0916 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02372.&&&&&02,372 km2)
A state map highlighting Jackson County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Jefferson County 065 Monticello 1827 Escambia County Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), the third President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence 0Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ",".14,658 &&&&&&&&&&&&0598.&&&&&0598 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01549.&&&&&01,549 km2)
A state map highlighting Jefferson County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Lafayette County 067 Mayo 1856 Madison County Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), French aristocrat and general in the American Revolutionary War &&&&&&&&&&&08942.&&&&&08,942 &&&&&&&&&&&&0543.&&&&&0543 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01406.&&&&&01,406 km2)
A state map highlighting Lafayette County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Lake County 069 Tavares 1887 Orange and Sumter counties Named for the many lakes in the region &&&&&&&&&0301019.&&&&&0301,019 &&&&&&&&&&&&0953.&&&&&0953 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02468.&&&&&02,468 km2)
A state map highlighting Lake County in the middle part of the state. It is large in size and narrow in shape.
Lee County 071 Fort Myers 1887 Monroe County Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War &&&&&&&&&0631330.&&&&&0631,330 &&&&&&&&&&&&0804.&&&&&0804 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02082.&&&&&02,082 km2)
A state map highlighting Lee County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Leon County 073 Tallahassee 1824 Escambia County Juan Ponce de León (1474–1521), Spanish explorer who named Florida &&&&&&&&&0277971.&&&&&0277,971 &&&&&&&&&&&&0667.&&&&&0667 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01728.&&&&&01,728 km2)
A state map highlighting Leon County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Levy County 075 Bronson 1845 Alachua County David Levy Yulee (1810–1886), one of the state's original United States Senators &&&&&&&&&&040156.&&&&&040,156 &&&&&&&&&&&01118.&&&&&01,118 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02896.&&&&&02,896 km2)
A state map highlighting Levy County in the corner part of the state. It is large in size.
Liberty County 077 Bristol 1855 Gadsden County The patriotic ideal of liberty &&&&&&&&&&&08314.&&&&&08,314 &&&&&&&&&&&&0836.&&&&&0836 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02165.&&&&&02,165 km2)
A state map highlighting Liberty County in the northwester part of the state. It is large in size.
Madison County 079 Madison 1827 Jefferson County James Madison (1751–1836), fourth President of the United States &&&&&&&&&&019115.&&&&&019,115 &&&&&&&&&&&&0692.&&&&&0692 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01792.&&&&&01,792 km2)
A state map highlighting Madison County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Manatee County 081 Bradenton 1855 Hillsborough and Orange counties The Manatee, or sea cow, is native to Floridian waters &&&&&&&&&0327142.&&&&&0327,142 &&&&&&&&&&&&0741.&&&&&0741 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01919.&&&&&01,919 km2)
A state map highlighting Manatee County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Marion County 083 Ocala 1844 Alachua and Orange counties Francis Marion (c. 1732–1795), military officer during the American Revolution &&&&&&&&&0332529.&&&&&0332,529 &&&&&&&&&&&01579.&&&&&01,579 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&04090.&&&&&04,090 km2)
A state map highlighting Marion County in the corner part of the state. It is large in size.
Martin County 085 Stuart 1925 Saint Lucie and Palm Beach counties John W. Martin (1884–1958), governor of Florida at time of creation of the county &&&&&&&&&0147495.&&&&&0147,495 &&&&&&&&&&&&0556.&&&&&0556 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01440.&&&&&01,440 km2)
A state map highlighting Martin County in the southern part of the state. It is small in size and shaped like a rectangle.
Miami-Dade County 086 Miami 1836 St. Johns County City of Miami and Francis L. Dade (c. 1793–1835), Major in the United States Army during the Second Seminole War &&&&&&&&02554766.&&&&&02,554,766 &&&&&&&&&&&01945.&&&&&01,945 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&05038.&&&&&05,038 km2)
A state map highlighting Miami-Dade County in the southernmost part of the state. It is large in size.
Monroe County 087 Key West 1823 St. Johns County James Monroe (1758–1831), fifth President of the United States &&&&&&&&&&073873.&&&&&073,873 &&&&&&&&&&&&0997.&&&&&0997 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02582.&&&&&02,582 km2)
A state map highlighting Monroe County in the southernmost part of the state. It is medium in size.
Nassau County 089 Fernandina Beach 1824 St. Johns County Duchy of Nassau in Germany &&&&&&&&&&074195.&&&&&074,195 &&&&&&&&&&&&0652.&&&&&0652 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01689.&&&&&01,689 km2)
A state map highlighting Nassau County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Okaloosa County 091 Crestview 1915 Santa Rosa and Walton counties A native word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or "beautiful place" &&&&&&&&&0183482.&&&&&0183,482 &&&&&&&&&&&&0936.&&&&&0936 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02424.&&&&&02,424 km2)
A state map highlighting Okaloosa County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size and shaped like a narrow rectangle.
Okeechobee County 093 Okeechobee 1917 Osceola and Brevard counties Lake Okeechobee, which was in turn is from the Hitchiti words for "big water" &&&&&&&&&&040140.&&&&&040,140 &&&&&&&&&&&&0774.&&&&&0774 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02005.&&&&&02,005 km2)
A state map highlighting Okeechobee County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Orange County 095 Orlando 1824 St. Johns County The fruit that was the county's main product &&&&&&&&01169107.&&&&&01,169,107 &&&&&&&&&&&&0908.&&&&&0908 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02352.&&&&&02,352 km2)
A state map highlighting Orange County in the middle part of the state. It is medium in size.
Osceola County 097 Kissimmee 1887 Brevard and Orange counties Osceola (1804–1838), a leader of the Seminole during the Second Seminole War &&&&&&&&&0276163.&&&&&0276,163 &&&&&&&&&&&01322.&&&&&01,322 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03424.&&&&&03,424 km2)
A state map highlighting Osceola County in the middle part of the state. It is large in size.
Palm Beach County 099 West Palm Beach 1909 Miami-Dade County The county's large amounts of palm trees &&&&&&&&01335187.&&&&&01,335,187 &&&&&&&&&&&02034.&&&&&02,034 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&05268.&&&&&05,268 km2)
A state map highlighting Palm Beach County in the southern part of the state. It is large in size.
Pasco County 101 Dade City 1887 Hernando County Samuel Pasco (1834–1917), United States Senator at the time of creation of the county &&&&&&&&&0466457.&&&&&0466,457 &&&&&&&&&&&&0745.&&&&&0745 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01930.&&&&&01,930 km2)
A state map highlighting Pasco County in the middle part of the state. It is medium in size.
Pinellas County 103 Clearwater 1911 Hillsborough County From the Spanish Punta Piñal, or "Point of Pines" &&&&&&&&&0917398.&&&&&0917,398 &&&&&&&&&&&&0280.&&&&&0280 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0725.&&&&&0725 km2)
A state map highlighting Pinellas County in the middle part of the state. It is small in size.
Polk County 105 Bartow 1861 Brevard and Hillsborough counties James K. Polk (1795–1849), the 11th President of the United States &&&&&&&&&0609492.&&&&&0609,492 &&&&&&&&&&&01875.&&&&&01,875 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&04856.&&&&&04,856 km2)
A state map highlighting Polk County in the middle part of the state. It is large in size.
Putnam County 107 Palatka 1849 Alachua and St. Johns counties Benjamin A. Putnam (1801–1869), soldier during the Second Seminole War and Floridian legislator &&&&&&&&&&074041.&&&&&074,041 &&&&&&&&&&&&0722.&&&&&0722 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01870.&&&&&01,870 km2)
A state map highlighting Putnam County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
St. Johns County 109 Saint Augustine 1821 One of the two original counties Name derived from the St. Johns River, which in turn derives its name from San Juan del Puerto &&&&&&&&&0195823.&&&&&0195,823 &&&&&&&&&&&&0609.&&&&&0609 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01577.&&&&&01,577 km2)
A state map highlighting St. Johns County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
St. Lucie County 111 Fort Pierce 1905 Brevard County Saint Lucy (283–304), the Christian martyr &&&&&&&&&0280379.&&&&&0280,379 &&&&&&&&&&&&0572.&&&&&0572 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01481.&&&&&01,481 km2)
A state map highlighting St. Lucie County in the southern part of the state. It is small in size.
Santa Rosa County 113 Milton 1842 Escambia County Santa Rosa Island, which is in turn named for Saint Rosa de Viterbo (1235–1252), a saint born in Viterbo, Italy &&&&&&&&&0154104.&&&&&0154,104 &&&&&&&&&&&01016.&&&&&01,016 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02631.&&&&&02,631 km2)
A state map highlighting Santa Rosa County in the northwestern part of the state. It is large in size.
Sarasota County 115 Sarasota 1921 Manatee County Native American word, of uncertain meaning, for the area &&&&&&&&&0382213.&&&&&0382,213 &&&&&&&&&&&&0572.&&&&&0572 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01481.&&&&&01,481 km2)
A state map highlighting Sarasota County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Seminole County 117 Sanford 1913 Orange County The Seminole Native American tribe &&&&&&&&&0425071.&&&&&0425,071 &&&&&&&&&&&&0308.&&&&&0308 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0798.&&&&&0798 km2)
A state map highlighting Seminole County in the middle part of the state. It is small in size.
Sumter County 119 Bushnell 1853 Orange County Thomas Sumter (1734–1832), general in the American Revolution &&&&&&&&&&097756.&&&&&097,756 &&&&&&&&&&&&0546.&&&&&0546 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01414.&&&&&01,414 km2)
A state map highlighting Sumter County in the middle part of the state. It is medium in size and narrow in shape.
Suwannee County 121 Live Oak 1858 Columbia County The Suwannee River, a 266-mile long river in northern Florida &&&&&&&&&&041972.&&&&&041,972 &&&&&&&&&&&&0688.&&&&&0688 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01782.&&&&&01,782 km2)
A state map highlighting Suwannee County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Taylor County 123 Perry 1856 Madison County Zachary Taylor (1784–1850), 12th President of the United States &&&&&&&&&&022691.&&&&&022,691 &&&&&&&&&&&01042.&&&&&01,042 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02699.&&&&&02,699 km2)
A state map highlighting Taylor County in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.
Union County 125 Lake Butler 1921 Bradford County Named for the area's residents united desire to split into a separate county &&&&&&&&&&015388.&&&&&015,388 &&&&&&&&&&&&0240.&&&&&0240 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0622.&&&&&0622 km2)
A state map highlighting Union County in the corner part of the state. It is small in size.
Volusia County 127 DeLand 1854 Orange County The port of Volusia, whose etymology is uncertain; possibly derived from the Native American word for "Land of the Euchees," the term for the area's native inhabitants &&&&&&&&&0494804.&&&&&0494,804 &&&&&&&&&&&01106.&&&&&01,106 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02865.&&&&&02,865 km2)
A state map highlighting Volusia County in the middle part of the state. It is large in size.
Wakulla County 129 Crawfordville 1843 Leon County The Wakulla River, itself named for a Spanish corruption of a Timucuan word used to describe the body of water, but that is of uncertain meaning &&&&&&&&&&030978.&&&&&030,978 &&&&&&&&&&&&0607.&&&&&0607 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01572.&&&&&01,572 km2)
A state map highlighting Wakulla County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size.
Walton County 131 DeFuniak Springs 1824 Escambia County George Walton, first Secretary of Florida Territory &&&&&&&&&&055793.&&&&&055,793 &&&&&&&&&&&01058.&&&&&01,058 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02740.&&&&&02,740 km2)
A state map highlighting Walton County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size and narrow in shape.
Washington County 133 Chipley 1825 Jackson and Walton counties George Washington (1732–1799), first President of the United States &&&&&&&&&&024935.&&&&&024,935 &&&&&&&&&&&&0580.&&&&&0580 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01502.&&&&&01,502 km2)
A state map highlighting Washington County in the northwestern part of the state. It is medium in size.

Renamed countiesEdit

Five counties in Florida have been renamed. Most renamings occurred between 1845 and 1861, during the first sixteen years of Florida's statehood. One occurred in 1997, when Dade County changed its name to Miami-Dade County.

County[4] Dates[4] Etymology[4] Fate[4]
Benton County 1844–1850 Thomas Benton (1782–1858), U.S. Senator from Missouri who supported the Armed Occupation Act of 1842 that many Floridians wanted in order to evict Native Americans Original name of county was Hernando County, and the name was changed back to that in 1850
Dade County 1836–1997 Francis L. Dade (c. 1793–1835), Major in the United States Army during the Second Seminole War Changed to Miami-Dade County in 1997 in order to have a more recognizable name
Mosquito County 1824–1845 Taken from the name the Spanish had given the entire coast, "Los Mosquitos" Changed to Orange County in 1845
New River County 1858–1861 The New River Changed to Bradford County in 1861
St. Lucia County 1844–1855 Saint Lucy (283–304), the Christian martyr Changed to Brevard County in 1855

Proposed countiesEdit

Two counties were proposed in Florida's state legislature, but neither actually became counties. A bill was passed by the legislature to create Bloxham County, but residents did not vote to approve it. See Leigh Read County, Florida for the events surrounding the proposed county.

County[4] Proposal date[4] Etymology[4]
Bloxham County 1914 William D. Bloxham (1835–1911), 13th and 17th Governor of Florida
Leigh Read County 1842 Leigh Read, legislator
Ocean County 1991 Atlantic Ocean

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
  • Atlas of Florida, revised edition. Edward A. Fernald & Elizabeth D. Purdum, editors (University Press of Florida, 1996). "Evolution of Counties," pp. 98–99
Specific
  1. ^ "A Guide to Alachua County's History". Alachua County Florida. http://www.alachua.fl.us/government/history/?era=2500. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "About Florida's Counties". Florida Association of Counties. http://www.fl-counties.com/Pages/About_Floridas_Counties.aspx. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Demographics". Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce. http://wakullacountychamber.com/living-in-wakulla/demographics/. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Florida County Maps". Florida Center for Instructional Technology – University of South Florida. http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/galleries/county/index.htm. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Florida QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/maps/florida_map.html. Retrieved April 23, 2008.  (2008 Census estimates)
  6. ^ "Population Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. December 2009. Archived from the original on February 23, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100223204727/http://www.census.gov/popest/states/states.html. Retrieved March 13, 2010.  (updated 2008 population estimate)
  7. ^ a b "United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) County FIPS Code Listing". United States Environmental Protection Agency. http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/codes/fl.html. Retrieved April 24, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "NACo – Find a county". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/state.cfm&state.cfm&statecode=FL. Retrieved April 24, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Florida QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12000.html. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 


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