Eastern section of the state in Florence County.
US Highways 378, 52 and SC 341 intersect in Lake City.
Lake City is located only 23 miles south of Florence, 63 miles west of Myrtle Beach, 89 miles north of historic Charleston, and 78 miles east of Columbia, the State's Capitol. Both Interstates 95 and 20 are within 26 miles of Lake City.
According to a Census taken in 2000, the population of Lake City showed 6,478 residents.
Over 57,415 people live within a 15 mile radius of Lake City, and more than 125,7610 live in Florence County.
The Corporate limits of Lake City encompass 1,884 acres of land.
It is the second largest city in Florence County.
Hunting and Fishing- Lake City offers a wide variety of game, fish, and fowl which inhabit the area woodlands and rivers. Ducks, Quail, Deer, and other small game are favorite targets of area hunters. Lake City is within an hour-drive of Myrtle Beach and the Santee Cooper Lakes.
State Parks- Area State Parks include: Lee State Park in Bishopville; Little Pee Dee State Park in Dillon and Woods Bay State Park in Olanta.
Golf- The Lake City Country Club consists of one, 18-hole golf course, a clubhouse, a pool, and tennis courts. A number of other golf courses are located within 30 miles of Lake City. Call Lake City Country Club for information at (843) 394-3415.
Florence County Park- Located on Lynches River in Florence County approxamatily 15 miles north of Lake City. This 669-acre popular day use park features a river swamp with towering cypress trees as well a wide variety of vegitation. Popular activites include river fishing, canoeing, nature trails, picnicing and 50 meter Olymipic-size swimming pool.
Other Activities - Lake City operates
Eight public tennis courts.
Several baseball and softball fields and playgrounds.
Soccer is fast becoming a favorite pastime for area youth.
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Eagle Scouts, and Brownies are offered to area children through local churches, and Ronald E. McNair Junior High School.
Florence County Recreation Department.
Football, Baseball and Softball programs for all ages are sponsored through the Lake City Parks and Recreations Department.
Lake City has 2 karate training schools and 3 dance schools that offer classes to children and adults.
The Lake City Police Department strives for continual quality improvement. Employees are sensitive to the needs of the public, and are sworn to adhere to the highest ethical standards of conduct.
The Lake City Police Department consists of the following: Chief of Police, 3 Captains, 4 Lieutenants, 11 full-time Patrol Officers, 5 Dispatchers, 2 Narcotics Officers, and 2 School Resource Officers at Lake City high School. They also provide Bike Patrol, Community Police Officers, Police Cadets, Explorers, Citizen Police Academy, 3 DARE Officers, Citizen Ride Along Program, and County Wide 911.
The Lake City Police Department operates 30 radio equipped vehicles, and maintains communications with state and county law enforcement agencies.
The Florence County Sheriff's Department has 81 full time deputies, of which 9 are located in Lake City. The Sheriff's Department operates 65 radio equipped patrol cars.
The Florence County Sheriffs Office, strives to maintain the highest level of performance and demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism.
City Community Hospital -
Lake City offers an Emergency Department Advanced Medical Diagnostics, Surgical
Services, Physical Therapy, Swing Bed/Long Term care, and Respite Care Services.
Carolinas Hospital System, Lake City has a full range of Orthopedic Services,
Cardiology, General surgery, Vascular Services, and a Fitness Forum.
Francis Marion University in Florence, has an enrollment of under 4000, offers undergraduate degrees and 25 major and masters degrees in Business Administration, Education, and Applied Biology. Call 1-843-661-1210 for more information.
Florence/Darlington Technical College is a commuter college located between Florence and Darlington. Call 1-843-661-8324 for more information.
Florence/Darlington Tech in Lake City has a campus located at 278 North Cole Road in Lake City. Call 1-843-394-7233 for a listing of courses.
Coker College is a private, liberal arts college founded in 1908. Coker's main campus is located nearby in Hartsville, but night courses are offered at the college's Lake City Site at Lake City High School. For more information about Coker College, call (843) 383-8013, (843) 394-3321 or 1-800-950-1908.
Florence County School District Three, located in lower Florence County, is the second largest of the five school districts in the county. The district is at the midpoint between Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina ? approximately 65 miles east of Columbia and 65 miles west of Myrtle Beach. The district is home to many well-known graduates, such as Challenger astronaut and physicist Dr. Ronald E. McNair and billionaire businesswoman, philanthropist and education activist Darla Moore, as well as many doctors, lawyers, educators, judges and business leaders.
One Catholic church and 60 Protestant churches are located in the Lake City area. Florence and Kingstree both have Jewish Synagogues.
South Carolina Conference of Pentecostal Holiness Churches is located at 620 South Ron McNair Blvd, in Lake City. The Conference is home to the annual Camp Meeting held in the summer. The Conference is also home to the Disaster Preparedness Kitchen that assists the Red Cross in disaster areas.
The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints is located on Malden Drive in Florence.