About Bradford County Florida and Surrounding AreasBradford County was established as New River County in 1858 from portions of Columbia and Alachua counties. It was renamed in 1861 in honor of Captain Richard Bradford, the first Florida officer killed in the Civil War.
In 1993 nearly three-quarters of Bradford County's population was in unincorporated areas. The largest city is Starke with a 2012 population of 5,405. Lawtey, Hampton, and Brooker all had populations less than 1,000 in 2012.
The Bradford County area is also home to the most premier recreational lake in the world ... Kingsley Lake.
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