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In 1821, there were only two counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two counties were formed 67 today.

This is a list of 67 counties in the U.S. state of Florida.

Alachua County[]

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Seat: Gainesville Established: 1824 Origin: Formed from Duval and St. Johns Counties Etyomlogy: From a native word for the watering holes in the area Population: 217955 Area: 874 square miles

Baker County[]

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Seat: Macclenny Established: 1861 Origin: Formed from Bradford County Etymology: James McNair Baker Population: 22259 Area: 585 Square miles

Bay County[]

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Seat: Panama City Established: 1913 Origin: Formed from Calhoun and Washington Counties Etyomology: St. Andrew's Bay, the central geographic feature of the county Population: 148,217 Area: 764 Square miles

Bradford County[]

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Seat: Starke Established: 1858 Origin: Formed from Columbia County (but called New River County until 1861) Etymology: Capt. Richard Bradford Population: 26088 Area: 293 Square miles

Brevard County[]

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Seat: Titusville Established: 1844 Origin: Formed from Orange County (but called St. Lucia County until 1855) Etymology: Thomas Washington Brevard, former state comptroller Population: 476,230 Area: 1,018 Square miles

Broward County[]

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Seat: Fort Lauderdale Established: 1915 Origin: Formed from Dade and Palm Beach Counties Etymology: Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, former governor of Florida Population: 1,623,018 Area: 1,209

Calhoun County[]

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Seat: Blountstown Established: 1838 Origin: Formed from Franklin, Jackson, and Washington Counties Etymology: John C. Calhoun Population: 13,017 Area: 567

Charlotte County[]

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Seat: Punta Gorda Established: 1921 Origin: Formed from DeSoto County Etymology: Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of King George III Population: 141,627 Area: 694

Citrus County[]

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Seat: Inverness Established: 1887 Origin: Formed from Hernando County Etymology: The county's citrus trees Population: 118,085 Area: 584

Clay County[]

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Seat: Green Cove Springs Established: 1858 Origin: Formed from Duval County Etyomology: Henry Clay Population: 140,814 Area: 601 Squares miles

Collier County[]

Seat: Naples 
Established: 1923 
Origin: Formed from Lee County 
Etymology: Advertising mogul Barron Collier  
Population: 251,377 
Area: 2026 Square miles

Columbia County[]

Seat= Lake City 
Established: 1832  
Origins: Formed from Alachua County 
Etymology: Christopher Columbus
Population: 56,513 
Area: 797 Square miles

DeSoto County[]

Seat: Arcadia 
Established: 1887
Origin: Formed from Manatee County 
Etymology: Hernando de Soto 
Population: 32,209 
Area: 637 sq miles

Dixie County[]

Seat: Cross City 
Established: 1921  
Origin: Formed from Lafayette County 
Etymology: Dixie is a common nickname for the Southern United States  
Population: 13,827 
Area: 704 sq miles

Duval County[]

Seat: Jacksonville 
Established: 1822 
Origin: Formed from St. Johns County 
Etymology: William Pope Duval, former territorial governor 
Population: 778,879 
Area: 774

Escambia County[]

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Flagler County[]

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Franklin County[]

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Gadsen County[]

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Gilcrest County[]

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Glades County[]

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Gulf County[]

Seat: Port St. Joe 
Established: 1925  
Origin: Formed from Calhoun County 
Etymology: The Gulf of Mexico 
Population: 13,332 
Area: 565 sq miles

Hamilton County[]

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Hardee County[]

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Hendry County[]

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Hernando County[]

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Highlands County[]

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Hillsborough County[]

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Holmes County[]

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Indian River County[]

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Jackson County[]

Seat: Marianna 
Established: 1822  
Origin: Formed from Escambia County 
Etymology: Andrew Jackson 
Population: 46,755 
Area: 916 sq miles

Jefferson County[]

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Lafayetee County[]

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Lake County[]

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Lee County[]

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Leon County[]

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Levy County[]

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Liberty County[]

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Madison County[]

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Manatee County[]

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Marion County[]

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Martin County[]

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Miami-Dade County[]

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Monroe County[]

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Nassau County[]

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Okaloosa County[]

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Okeechobee County[]

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Orange County[]

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Osceola County[]

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Palm Beach County[]

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Seat: West Palm Beach 
Established: 1909  
Etyomology: The county's two main geographic features
Origin: Formed from Dade County  
Population: 1131184 
Area: 2034 Square miles

Notes: The biggest county in Florida

Pasco County[]

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Pinellas County[]

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Polk County[]

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Putnam County[]

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Saint Johns County[]

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Saint Lucie[]

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Santa Rosa County[]

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Sarasota County[]

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Seminole County[]

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Sumter County[]

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Suwanne County[]

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Taylor County[]

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Union County[]

Seat: Lake Butler, Florida
Established: 1921 
Origin: Formed from Bradford County 
Etymology: A common name for the Northern side in the American Civil War 
Population: 13,442 
Area: 240
notes: Florida smallest county

Volusia County[]

Seat: De Land, Florida 
Established: 1854 
Origin: Formed from Orange County 
Etymology: The port of Volusia, whose etymology is unknown       
Population: 443,343 
Area: 1,106

Wakulla County[]

Seat: Crawfordville, Florida 
Established: 1843  
Origin: Formed from Leon County 
Etymology: The Wakulla River, itself named for a  Spanish corruption of a Timucuan word of unknown origin  
Population: 22,863 
Area: 607 sq miles

Walton County[]

Seat: DeFuniak Springs, Florida 
Established: 1824  
Origin: Formed from Escambia and Jackson Counties  
Etymology: George Walton, first Secretary of Florida Territory 
Population: 40,601 
Area: 1,058}}

Washington County[]

Seat: Chipley 
Established: 1825 
Origin: Formed from Jackson and Walton Counties  
Etymology: George Washington  
Population: 20,973 
Area: 580 sq miles

Former Counties of Florida[]

  • Benton (1721-1850) — Name changed from Hernando and then back to Hernando.
  • Fayette (1832-1834) — Formed from Jackson and then merged back into Jackson.
  • Mosquito (1824-1845) — Name changed to Orange.
  • New River (1858-1861) — Name changed to Bradford.
  • Saint Lucia (1844-1855) — Name changed to Brevard. Part of Brevard became Saint Lucie in 1917.

References[]

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