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Polk County Profile

County Seat: Bartow
Nearest MSA: Lakeland-Winter Haven MSA
Largest Cities: 1 Lakeland
2 Winter Haven
3 Haines City
Miles* To:
Tallahassee ................................... 232
Orlando ................................... 51
Tampa ................................... 42
Jacksonville ................................... 166
Miami ................................... 178
Atlanta ................................... 434
Chicago ................................... 1021
Dallas ................................... 952
New York ................................... 990
*Miles are calculated from county seat.
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Time Zone: Eastern
Local Area Code(s): 863
Polk
1980: 321,652
1990: 405,382
2007: 574,746
2015(p): 660,500
2030(p): 813,800
(p) Denotes Projected Population
Florida
9,746,961
12,938,071
18,251,243
20,955,900
25,340,700
Average Temperature High Low
January: 70 49
July: 92 73
Florida Mean Annual Precipitation 53
Average Annual Rain Days 107
(2006)
In-Migration 37,468
Out-Migration 23,760
Net-Migration 13,708
*Estimates based on IRS Statistics of Income data
(2007)
Labor Force 269,087
Labor Force % of County Population 46.8
Number in County Unemployed 12,017
Unemployment Rate 4.5%
N/D = No Data Polk Florida
(2006)
Average Annual Employment 257,070 7,952,023
Natural Resources & Mining 2.4% 1.2%
Construction 6.0% 8.0%
Manufacturing 6.9% 5.1%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 18.9% 20.8%
Information 0.9% 2.1%
Financial Activities 4.4% 6.9%
Professional & Business Services 12.7% 17.0%
Education & Health Services 9.9% 18.4%
Leisure & Hospitality 6.5% 11.4%
Other Services 2.0% 3.1%
Public administration 4.8% 5.8%
Unclassified 0.1% 0.1%

Average Annual Wage
(2006)
All Industries $33,530
Construction $36,474
Education & Health Services $36,265
Financial Activities $42,976
Information $42,325
Leisure & Hospitality $14,728
Manufacturing $42,438
Natural Resources & Mining $26,111
Other Services $25,732
Professional & Business Services $33,506
Public administration $38,654
Trade, Transportation and Utilities $31,890
Unclassified $24,165
Polk Florida
2004 $27,696 $32,618
2005 $29,625 $34,798
2006 $31,018 $36,720
Major Private Sector Employers

Publix Super Markets
Business Line: Retail Food
Number of Employees - 9,500

Wal-mart
Business Line: Retail General Merchandise
Number of Employees - 5,100

Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Business Line: Hospital / Medical
Number of Employees - 4,600

MOSAIC
Business Line: Phosphate Mining
Number of Employees - 4,000

Winter Haven Hospital
Business Line: Hospital / Medical
Number of Employees - 2,500

State Farm Insurance
Business Line: Insurance
Number of Employees - 2,000

GEICO
Business Line: Insurance
Number of Employees - 2,000

Watson Clinic
Business Line: Medical
Number of Employees - 1,500

GC Services
Business Line: Call Center
Number of Employees - 1,000

Florida Natural Growers
Business Line: Citrus Processing
Number of Employees - 1,000

Federal Interstates I-4
Federal Highways US-27, US-98
State Highways SR-60
Railroads CSX Rail
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Commerical Airline Service: Tampa International Airport & Orlando International Airport
# Runways 9
Longest Paved Runway(ft.) 11002
General Aviation Airports Lakeland Linder Regional, Bartow Municipal, Winter Haven Gilbert Field, Lake Wales Municipal

Local Deep Water Port Tampa Port Authority
Miles to Closest Port 49
COUNTY
Countywide Ad Valorem Millage Rates:
Government 6.8656
Schools 7.5125
Special 0.0000
Total 14.3781

Ad Valorem Tax Exemption: Yes
Retail Sales Tax (Local Option) 1.00
Federal Enterprise Zone No
State Enterprise Zone Yes
STATE
Corporate Income Tax 5.5%
Personal Income Tax 0.0%
Retail Sales Tax 6.0%
Electric Companies:
  • Tampa Electric Company
  • Lakeland Electric
  • Progress Energy

  • Natural Gas Companies:
  • TECO Peoples Gas Company
  • Central Florida Gas Company

  • Telephone Companies:
  • Verizon

  • Water & Sewer Companies:
  • County/City Service


  • Exisiting Industrial Zoned Land Yes
    Number of Acres 3,000
    Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 500

    Industrial Parks Yes
    Number of Acres 2,500
    Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 800

    Foreign Trade Zones No
    Zone Number(s)
    Public
    Schools
    Teachers Enrollments
    Elementary: 69 2,919 46,621
    Secondary: 42 2,580 47,544
    Totals: 111 5,499 94,165

    Private Schools Available: Yes
    POST SECONDARY EDUCATION SERVING THE COUNTY:

    Colleges/Universities:
  • Webster University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Warner Southern College
  • Webber International University
  • University of South Florida Polytechnic
  • Southeastern University
  • Everest University

  • Junior/Community Colleges:
  • Polk Community College
  • Florida Technical College
  • Keiser College

  • Vocational/Technical Schools:
  • Ridge Technical Center
  • Traviss Technical Center

  • Other Schools:
  • Spurgeon Baptist Bible College

  • Cost of Living
    Price Level Index, (2007)
    Florida State Average = 100
    Sample
    Total 91.56
    Food 99.96
    Housing 83.42
    Medical Care 92.82
    Personal Goods and Services 96.67
    Transportation 98.89
    Medical Services:
  • Bartow Memorial Hospital
  • Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
  • Lake Wales Hospital
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center
  • Watson Clinic
  • Winter Haven Hospital

  • Recreational Opportunities:
  • Golf Courses
  • Lake Kissimmee State Park
  • Pro Baseball Spring Training
  • Van Fleet Bike Trail
  • Youth Sports Leagues

  • Historical Points Of Interest:
  • Bok Tower Gardens
  • Cypress Gardens Adventure Park
  • Homeland Heritage Park
  • Lake Wales Depot Museum
  • Mulberry Phospate Museum
  • Polk County Historical Library

  • Cultural Events/Festivals:
  • Florida Citrus Festival
  • Haven Art Festival
  • Mayfair by the Lake

  • Audrey Rain Rentals, Inc.
    8515 South Tamiami Tr
    Sarasota Florida 34238

    Cell 941-685-6001
    Office 941-487-7162
    Fax 941-487-7164
    Email srqrealtor@gmail.com

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