Starke is a city in Bradford County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,593 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 5,769 http://www. census. gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2004-04-12. xls. It is the county seat of Bradford County. Starke, Florida may have been named in honor of developer George W. Cole's fiancée or in honor Madison Starke Perry, fourth Governor of the State of Florida and a Confederate States Army colonel.