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The United States has a lot of counties and here, I’ll be taking you through counties in Florida. Florida is a beautiful state with 67 counties, and the capital is Tallahassee in Leon County.

The largest county in Florida is Palm Beach County which is about 2,578 square miles, and the county with the least population is Liberty County with about 8,365 people.

Florida’s population is about 21,477,737 (as of December 31, 2019). It has a landmass of about 170,312 km². It is called the sunshine state because it is subtropical to the tropical climate with an annual average of 230 days of sunshine.

From the famous beautiful South Beach to Daytona, to Panama City Beach, Florida has all the white sand, beautiful skies, and crystal clear water that you can think of. It is simply amazing.

Florida has 360 miles of coastline with at least 189 official beaches. Florida is a state that depends on tourism as such, bank on making people happy.

Florida is famous for its amusement parks, orange plants, winter plants, and the Kennedy Space Center which is a popular destination for retirees.

As earlier mentioned, this article will focus on Florida Counties, and below is a list of the 67 counties in Florida and a little description of them.

 

List of all the counties in Florida

 

1. Alachua County

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this county is where the University of Florida is situated, in a town called Gainesville which is actually the

seat of the county; the county was created in 1824 by Duval and St. Johns. The county has a population of about

249,365 its FIPS code is 001

 

2. Baker County

 

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This is a county in Florida known for its quietness and peace because of the fewer numbers of people living there, and its natural environment. Baker County houses the Osceola national forest and the Okefenokee national wildlife refuge. If you are looking for a place to go hiking or swimming or for a walk then Baker County is where you should thinking of going. The county has MacClenny as its county seat. The county was formed from the new river but was later renamed in 1981 by James McNair Baker. It has a population of about 27,154 people its FIPS code is 003, its official website is www.bakercounty.org 

 

3. Bay County

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This county is another county that is worth taking note of. It has beautiful beaches with plenty of white sand and green waters that have dolphins in them which attracts a lot of tourists. It is located along the gulf coast northwest of the state. It has Panama City as its seat. The county was created in 1913 and it was named after Andrew Bay. It has a population of about 169,856, its official website is https://www.co.bay.fl.us/Bids.aspx  and has 005 as its FIPS code.

4. Bradford County

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this county is well known for its correction facilities. The state Prison is also located in Bradford County. The county has a population of about 28,255, the county’s seat is located at Starke. The county was named after Richard Bradford and was created in 1858. Its FIPS code is 007

 

5. Brevard County

this is one of the counties of Florida located on the east of the state. Its seat is located at Titusville. It was formed in 1844 and has a population of about 543,566, It is one of the biggest and busiest counties. It has very prominent businesses like Harris, GE, NASA, and the Kennedy Space Center, which is the one of the facilities in the world that launches Space Shuttles. It houses Port Canaveral, which is the second-busiest cruise port in the world. The county has about 72 miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches. It is also the home of the largest collection of endangered wildlife and plants in America. It has a small town feel yet, it is a busy place. It has beautiful towns and cities. the county’s website is https://www.brevardfl.gov/egovernment, its FIPS code is 009

6. Broward County

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this county is the second-largest county in Florida and it has about 31 cities. It has a population of about 1,952,778 people which makes it the 17th most populated county. The seat of the county is Fort Lauderdale; the county is very popular because of the wide range of civilization. The county was formed in 1915. Its area code is 754/954,

7.Calhoun County

 

 

 

This county is a homogenous county with a population of 14,750, all people that were formed from Franklin Jackson and Washington. It has a wealth of traditional culture and a longstanding heritage. The county also has a good number of civic and health care centers, libraries, parks, and recreational centers. It has five county commissioners in charge of the five districts and other locally elected officials. The county also has a handful of departments that offer indispensable services and employment to the citizens. Its FIP is 013.

8. Charlotte County

 

 

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This county was established on April 23, 1921, with a population of 159,978 people, which was formed from De Soto with its country seat at Punta Gorda. A Republican county following the Second World War, it is governed by a five-person commission elected for a four-year term. Its top private employers are Publix Supermarkets, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. amongst others. It has a sound educational system and a library which consists of four branches. Its FIP code is 015.

9. Citrus County

 

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This county derived its name from the county’s citrus trees. Its county seat is Inverness and it has a population of 239,780 people. According to an online newsgroup, it is the best place to retire due to its natural attractions and serene environments like the Homosassa Springs and the Crystal River. It also boasts a mall, nice restaurants, and eateries. Its FIP code is 017.

10. Clay County

 

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This county has a population of 32,008 people. Its county seat is Green Cove Springs. The name of the county was brought about by Henry Clay, the Secretary of State under John Quincy. It has a system of public schools with the district at Green Cove Springs and a jail for lawbreakers. Its FIP code is 019.

11. Collier County

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This county is also known as the Paradise Coast. Its county seat is East Naples with a population of 328,134 people. The county was established in 1923. Covering more than 2,000 square miles, Collier County is topographically the largest county in Florida. It boasts of 4 outstanding universities, world-class dining, arts and culture, white sand beaches, and other aesthetic places. Its FIP code is 021. the official website of the county is https://www.colliercountyfl.gov

12. Columbia County

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This county is home to a lot of festivals including the Olustee festival, and the alligator lake spring festival, which celebrates the native flora and fauna. The county’s seat is Lake City. The county has a population of about 328,134 inhabitants. The county manages office works directly with the board of commissioners to provide supports on policies and other plans that will improve the effectiveness and efficacy of the county. its official site is https://www.columbiacountyfla.com, FIPS is 023.

13. De Soto County

 

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This county has a population of 34,862 people as of 2019, its county seat is Arcadia. Before the Spanish immigrants arrived, the county of De Soto was within the territory of the Colusa Indians. The county was named after the Spanish Explorer Hernando De Soto. On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charley made its way through De Soto County, damaging most of the structures in the county and destroying some of them. The county’s FIPS is 027

14. Dixie County

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In 2018 the county was estimated to have a population of 16,700 people. Its county seat is Cross City. The county was founded on April 25, 1921. The county has a library known as the Dixie county library which is part of the three River Regional Library System and is located in Cross City. The county’s FIPS is 029

 

15. Duval County

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the County was named after Andrew Jackson, the seventh US president and first military governor of the Florida territory. Its county seat is Jacksonville and covers more than 840 square miles, it is the seventh most populous county in Florida. It is also military friendly. The crime rate is excellently low and it is an ideal and affordable place to retire. The county’s FIPS is 31

16. Escambia County

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It is the oldest county in the US State of Florida and is situated in the northwestern corner of the state. Its county seat is Pensacola, which is also the largest city. Its population is 318,316 as of 2019. The county’s school district currently oversees 35 elementary schools, 9 middle schools, and 7 high schools with other specialized centers. The city has a proud military heritage and is quite nocturnal due to its lounges, dive bars, late-night eateries, etc. The county’s FIPS is 033

17. Flagler County

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It was created in 1917 from a portion of Saint Johns and Volusia counties. It has a population of 115,081 people. Its county seat is Bunnell. Visitors will enjoy the bubbling life within the boundaries of the Palm Coast. The county boasts of a variety of schools and eateries and is an ideal place to live. Flagler beach is also a good relaxation center to spend one’s afternoon. Official website is flaglercounty.org. The county’s FIPS is 035

18. Franklin County

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This County offers a haven to many young professionals and retirees. Its county seat is Apalachicola and is one of the best places to live in Florida. It has a population of 11,736 people, making it the third-least populous county in Florida. the county’s official website is https://www.franklincountyflorida.com. its FIPS is 037

19. Gadsden County

This County seat is Quincy and it is included in the Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan statistical area. It is the only majority African/American County in Florida with a population of 45,660 people. The Gadsden county public library system has 3 branches and the county’s school district operates public schools with 2 private schools as an exception. Democrats maintain a massive majority in the county. The county’s FIPS is 039. Its official website is https://www.gadsdencountyfl.gov.

20. Gilchrist County

 

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This County was the last county to be formed in the States, as it was organized in 1925 from the Western part of Alachua. its official website is https://gilchrist.fl.us, The county seat is Trenton and it has a population of 18,582 people. It is a rural town; homogenous, safe, and affordable. The county’s FIPS is 041

21. Glades County

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This County is the fourth-least populous county in Florida with Moore Haven as its county seat. the county’s official website is, https://www.myglades.com, It was created in 1921 from De Soto County. The county sponsors one of Florida’s oldest recurring festivals. Glades County has a population of 13,724 people and is mostly Republican. The county’s FIPS is 043

22. Gulf County

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This County’s commission consists of a five-member board, comprising of 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats. The county was created in 1925 and named the Gulf of Mexico. Its county seat is Port Saint Joe, the original name being Saint Joseph, which was used for Florida’s first constitutional convention in 1838. It has a population of 16,164 people. The county’s FIPS is 045 the official website www.gulfcounty-fl.gov.

 

23. Hamilton County

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This County is the only county in Florida entirely north of interstate 10. It was created in 1827 from portions of Jefferson County. The county is mostly Republican and operates public schools. Her official website is https://hamiltoncountyfl.com. It has a population of 14,310 people with Jasper as its county seat. The county’s FIPS is 047

24. Hardee County

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This County is located in what is called, the bone valley. It has an airport called the Wauchula Municipal Airport. Its educational structure consists of 1 high school, 1 junior high, and five elementary schools. Official website https://www.hardeecounty.net. The county is part of the Heartland library cooperative which has seven branches. It has a population of 26,937 people and Wauchula as the county seat. FIPS is 049

25. Hendry County

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This County has a population of 42,022 people with its county seat known as LaBelle.  February, March, and December are the most beautiful months in Hendry County. its official website is https://hendryfla.net. The county boasts of an archaeological site called Tony’s Mound and also has a waterfront and wilderness that offers serenity to residents. The county’s FIPS is 051

26. Hernando County

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This County is home to the largest distribution center in the US called Wal-Mart. Aviation, manufacturing, and distribution businesses also thrive in the area. It has a transportation system of mass transits, railways, and airports, etc. The county also has emergency management systems comprising of fire departments, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies. Its county seat is Brooksville. Its population is 193,920 people. The county’s FIPS is 053

27. Highlands County

The county seat is Sebring and it has a population of 106,221 people. Highlands County is popular for its Avon Park, Sebring, and Lake Placid. The county was named due to the terrain in the area. There are about 15 students per teacher in the county. The recent job growth is positive and the cost of living is lower than the US average. The county is like the others; mostly Republican. The county’s FIPS is 055

28. Hillsborough County

It is located in the west-central position of the US of Florida with a population of 1.472 million people. It was declared the most populous county in Florida and outside the Metropolitan area. The county is well known for the Bob Graham sunshine skyway bridge. The county seat is Tampa. Its educational system is commendable as 12 of its public high schools were ranked in Newsweek’s list of America’s best high schools. Also, in 2012 and 2013, all 27 public high schools were included on the Washington Post’s list of the 2000 most challenging schools in America. The county’s FIPS is 057

29. Holmes County

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This County is the fifth smallest county in Florida by total area. Its county seat is Bonifay. Holmes County has a population of 19,477 people with strong Republican domination. It also offers a perfect atmosphere for relaxation in their legendary dive site, rollercoasters, rural highways, etc. The county’s FIPS is 059

30. Indian River County

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This County is one of the counties that make up the Treasure Coast is a region of the U.S. state of Florida, its county seat is Vero Beach and It has a population of about 138,028 inhabitants It is Florida’s 7th richest county. Vero Beach is one of the best beaches in the whole of the USA. Its FIPS is 061

 

31. Jackson County

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This County’s FIPS code is 063. Its seat is located in Marianna, the county was established in the year  1822  and was formed from Escambia by Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), who was the seventh President of the United States. it has a population of about  49,292.

32. Jefferson County

 

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This County’s seat is Monticello, it was established in  1827 by Leon Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), the third President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. its population is about 14,658. its FIPS is 065, the county’s website is www.jeffersoncountyfl.gov.

33. Lafayette County

 

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This county has Mayo as its county seat, it was established in the year 1856 it was formed from Madison its population is about 8,942 FIPS is 067. its official website is https://lafayettecountyfl.org

 

34. Lake County

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069 is the FIPS of the county. Its seat is located in  Tavares. the county was established in the year 1887 and was carved out of Orange and Sumter. The reason for the name lake county is because of the many lakes in the area. it has a population of about 301,019 inhabitants.

 

35. Lee County

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this county’s seat is Fort Myers, the county was established in the year 1887.  the county was formed from Monroe. the county has a population of about 631,330. the county’s official website is www.leegov.com. Its FIPS is 071

 

36. Leon County

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The county’s FIPS is 073, Tallahassee is the seat of the county and it was formed in the year  1824 it was carved from  Gadsden by Juan Ponce de León, he was the Spanish explorer who named Florida.  They have a population of about  277,971. The official website of the county is www.leoncountyfl.gov.

 

37. Levy County

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This county has 075 as its FIPS and its seat is Bronson. The county was established in 1845. It was formed from  Alachua by David Levy Yulee, who was one of the state’s original United States Senators. It has a population of about  40,156 people it is also a large county. Its official website is https://www.levycounty.org.

 

38. Liberty County

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This county’s seat is Bristol, the county was created in 1855, it was formed from Gadsden county by the patriotic ideal of liberty. Its population is  8,314, while its FIPS is 077. The county’s official website is https://www.libertycountyflorida.com. The county is quite large.

 

39. Madison County

 

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This county’s seat is in Madison. Madison county was created in the year 1827. It was named after Jefferson James Madison who was the fourth President of the United States. It has a population of about 19,115. The county is not very big, its official website is www.madisoncountyfl.com. Its FIPS is 079.

 

40. Manatee County

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The FIPS for the county is 081, its seat is in  Bradenton and was established in the year 1855. It was carved from Hillsborough. The manatee, or sea cow, is native to Florida waters that is why the county is named after it. It has a population of 327,142. official website is https://www.mymanatee.org

41. Marion County

The FIP code for Marion County is 083. Its county seat is  Ocala. It was established in  1844 and formed out of Alachua County, Hillsborough county, and Mosquito. The name was derived from  Francis Marion (c. 1732–1795), a military officer during the American Revolution. The county has a population of  332,529 people.

 

42. Martin County

The county’s FIP code is 085. Its county seat is  Stuart and it was established in the year 1925. The county was carved out from Palm Beach. Its name is derived from  John W. Martin (1884–1958), governor of Florida at the time of the creation of the county. The county has quite an impressive population of  147,495 people. Its official website is  https://www.martin.fl.us

 

43. Miami-Dade County

The FIP code for this county is 086. Its county seat is called  Miami. It was established in the year  1836. Monroe
named Dade until 1997. The name of the city was coined from the  City of Miami and Francis L. Dade (c. 1793–1835), Major in the United States Army during the Second Seminole War. The county has a population of  2,662,874 people.

44. Monroe County

 

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The FIP code for Monroe County is 087. Its county seat is known as Key West. It was established in  1823. The name of the county was derived from  St. Johns James Monroe (1758–1831), fifth President of the United States.  Monroe County has a population of  73,873.

 

45. Nassau County

 

The FIP code of Nassau County is 089. Its county seat is  Fernandina Beach and it was established in  1824. The origin of the name can be traced back to Duval Duchy of Nassau in Germany. Nassau County possesses a population of   74,195 people. A state map highlighting Nassau County is in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.

 

46. Okaloosa County

 

Its county seat is called  Crestview. It was established in  1915 and the county was taken out from  Santa Rosa and Walton. The name Okaloosa is gotten from a  native word meaning “a pleasant place,” “black water”, or “beautiful place”. The county has a population of  183,482 inhabitants. The county’s FIP code is 091.

 

47. Okeechobee County

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It’s county seat is also named Okeechobee. It was established in the year  1917 and carved out from Osceola and St. Lucie Lake. Okeechobee, in turn, is coined from the Hitchiti words meaning “big water” The county has a population of  40,140 people. A state map highlighting Okeechobee County can be found in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.

 

48. Orange County

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This county’s  FIP code is 095 with its county seat at Orlando. The county was established in  1824 and created out of St. Johns. It was named Mosquito until 1845. The name of the county is obviously gotten from the orange fruit which was the county’s main product.  Orange County has a population of  1,169,107 people, covering an area of 2,352 km2.

 

49. Osceola County

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The county’s FIP code is 097. Its county seat is called  Kissimmee. Osceola County was established in the year 1887. It was born out of  Brevard. Its name was coined from  Orange Osceola (1804–1838), a leader of the Seminole during the Second Seminole War. The county has a population of  276,163.

 

50. Palm Beach County

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The FIP code for Palm Beach is 099. Its county seat is called  West Palm Beach. The county itself was established in 1909 and was born out of  Dade. The name of the county is obtained due to a large amount of the county’s palm trees. Palm Beach County has a population of  1,335,187 inhabitants.

 

51. Pasco County

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The FIP code for Pasco County is 101. Its county seat is known as Dade City. The county was established in  1887 and its name is culled from Hernando Samuel Pasco (1834–1917), United States Senator at the time of the creation of the county. It has a population of  466,457 covering an area of 1,930 km2.

 

52. Pinellas County

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The county’s FIP code is 103 and Its seat is  Clearwater. It was established in 1912 and it was carved out from Hillsborough. The name of the county is obtained from the Spanish Punta Piñal, or “Point of Pines”. Its population consists of 917,398 people.

 

53. Polk County

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has a FIP code of 105. Its seat is known as  Bartow and it was established in 1861. Polk County was birthed from Brevard and Hillsborough. The county’s name was coined from James K. Polk who was the 11th President of the United States. The county possesses a population of 609,492 people encompassing an area of 4,856 km2.

 

54. Putnam County

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Its FIP code is 107. Its county seat is  Palatka. Putnam County was established in the year 1849 and formed from Alachua and St. Johns. The name of the county was derived from Benjamin A. Putnam (1801–1869), a soldier during the Second Seminole War, and Floridian legislator. The county records a population of  74,041 people.

55. St. Johns County

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Its county seat is known as St. Augustine and the county itself was established in 1821. One of the two original counties whose names were derived from the St. Johns River, which in turn derives its name from San Juan del Puerto. St Johns County has a population of  195,823  covering an area of 1,577 km2. It is medium in size. Its FIP code is 109.

 

56. St. Lucie County

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The county’s FIP code is 111 and its seat is  Fort Pierce. The county was established in the year 1905. St. Lucie County was created out of  Brevard. Its name was gotten from Saint Lucy (283–304), the Christian martyr. The county has a population of  280,379.

 

57. Santa Rosa County

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The FIP code for Santa Rosa County is 113 and its seat is Milton. The county was established in the year 1842 and was birthed from Escambia. The origin of the name can be traced back to Santa Rosa Island, which is in turn named for Saint Rosa de Viterbo (1235–1252), a saint born in Viterbo, Italy. Santa Rosa boasts of a population of  154,104 people.  A state map highlights Santa Rosa County in the northwestern part of the state. It is large in size.

 

58. Sarasota County

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The FIP code is 115 and its seat is called Sarasota. It was established in 1921 and formed out of  Manatee. The name of the county is gotten from a Native American word, of uncertain meaning. It has a population of  382,213 people.  A state map highlights Sarasota County in the southern part of the state. It is medium in size.

 

59. Seminole County

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The FIP code of the county is 117 and its seat is Sanford. Seminole County was established in the year 1913 and was born out of  Orange. The name of the county was gotten from the  Seminole Native American tribe. The county possesses a population of  425,071 inhabitants. A state map also highlights the  County in the middle part of the state. It is small in size.

 

60.Sumter County

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Sumter County’s FIP code is 119. Its seat is  Bushnell and the county itself was established in 1853. The county was formed from Marion and its name was derived from  Thomas Sumter (1734–1832), general in the American Revolution.   Sumter County records a population of 97,756 people. A state map reveals that the  County is situated in the middle part of the state.

 

61. Suwannee County

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The FIP code for this county is 121. Its seat is Live Oak. The county was established in  1858 and was formed out of Columbia. The county is named after The Suwannee River, a 266-mile long river in northern Florida. It possesses a population of  41,972 inhabitants. A state map shows that  Suwannee County is located in the corner part of the state. It is medium in size.

 

62. Taylor County

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Taylor County’s FIP code is 123 and its seat is called Perry. The county was established in the year 1856, created out of Madison. It is named after  Zachary Taylor (1784–1850), 12th President of the United States and it records a population of   22,691 people. The county is located in the corner part of the state.

63. Union County

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Lake Butler is the seat of Union County. The county was established in the year 1921  and was formed from Bradford. The name of the county was inspired by the area’s residents united desire to split into a separate county. It has a population of  15,388. According to the state map, the county is situated in the corner part of the state. It is small in size and its FIP code is 125.

 

64. Volusia County

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The county’s FIP code is 127 and its seat in DeLand. It was established in 1854  and created from Orange. The name of the county is probably gotten from The port of Volusia, whose etymology is uncertain, it could have been derived from the Native American word for “Land of the Duchess,” the term for the area’s native inhabitants. It has a population of 494,804 people A state map reveals Volusia County in the middle part of the state. It is large in size.

 

65. Wakulla County

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Its FIP code is 129 with its county seat known as Crawfordville. The county was established in 1843 and formed from Leon. It is named after  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. Wakulla County has a population of  30,978 people.  Wakulla County is situated in the northwestern part of the state.

 

66.Walton County

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The FIP code of this county is 131. Its seat is DeFuniak Springs and the county was established in the year 1824. It was carved out from Escambia and Jackson. Its name was culled from George Walton, first Secretary of Florida Territory and the county has a population of  55,793.

67. Washington County

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Its FIP code is 133 and its seat is Chipley. Washington County was established in 1825 and was created from Jackson. The name can be said to have come from Walton George Washington (1732–1799), the first President of the United States. It records a population of  24,935.

 

conclusion:

With this inclusive article on the  counties of Florida, you have detailed information about the counties in Florida. Florida is a beautiful state so you can choose what county you and your family will either like to visit or live in.

 

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