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Polk County, Florida (FL)

County population in 2014: 634,638 (86% urban, 14% rural); it was 483,924 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 98,855
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 61,587
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 137,373
Renter-occupied apartments: 67,043 (it was 49,860 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

33%

Land area: 1874 sq. mi.

Water area: 135.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 339 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Polk County: 86.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (28.8%), Educational, health and social services (17.8%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (11.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 7%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 24%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Polk County, Florida:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (64.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (17.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (14.2%)
  • Asian alone (1.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Florida median age:  40.0 years
Males: 311,274  (49.0%)
Females: 323,364  (51.0%)

Polk County,FL real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Polk County:

2.0 people
Florida:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $42,435 ($36,036 in 1999)

This county:

$42435
Florida:

$46036

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $677 (lower quartile is $517, upper quartile is $862)
This county:

$677
State:

$838


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $101,800 (it was $69,800 in 2000)
Polk:

$101,800
Florida:

$153,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $58,900 - $162,600

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $162,152
Here:

$162,152
State:

$243,181

Townhouses or other attached units: $107,147
Here:

$107,147
State:

$161,350

In 2-unit structures: $98,007
Here:

$98,007
State:

$161,056

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $53,995
Here:

$53,995
State:

$143,318

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $123,747
Here:

$123,747
State:

$215,295

Mobile homes: $47,836
Here:

$47,836
State:

$58,568

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $34,944
Here:

$34,944
State:

$50,225
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,110
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $370

Institutionalized population: 8,097

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 6
  • Rapes: 120
  • Robberies: 191
  • Assaults: 1163
  • Burglaries: 2839
  • Thefts: 5599
  • Auto thefts: 881

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 10
  • Rapes: 67
  • Robberies: 188
  • Assaults: 1186
  • Burglaries: 2798
  • Thefts: 5478
  • Auto thefts: 882
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Health of residents in Polk County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is worse than average.
71.5% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
53.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
99.6% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
57.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is less than average.
Average weight of males is 200 pounds. This is more than average.
Average weight of females is 164 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 3520 buildings, average cost: $78,600
  • 2001: 3839 buildings, average cost: $78,400
  • 2002: 4422 buildings, average cost: $83,700
  • 2003: 6261 buildings, average cost: $86,100
  • 2004: 8715 buildings, average cost: $91,400
  • 2005: 11980 buildings, average cost: $120,900
  • 2006: 7609 buildings, average cost: $125,400
  • 2007: 3854 buildings, average cost: $146,000
  • 2008: 2268 buildings, average cost: $187,500
  • 2009: 1135 buildings, average cost: $176,900
  • 2010: 1112 buildings, average cost: $182,000
  • 2011: 1074 buildings, average cost: $186,900
  • 2012: 1382 buildings, average cost: $197,600
  • 2013: 1994 buildings, average cost: $200,700
  • 2014: 2547 buildings, average cost: $196,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,133 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $844 (1.1%)

Polk County household income distribution in 2009 Polk County home values distribution Polk County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 19.4%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.1% for Black residents, 27.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.7% for American Indian residents, 7.8% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 19.6% for other race residents, 30.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 19.4%
Polk County:

19.4%
Florida:

17.0%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.1% for Black residents, 27.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 12.8% for American Indian residents, 9.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 18.2% for other race residents, 28.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 40 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 32 years old)

Area name: Lakeland, FL MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Polk County is $496 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $571 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $724 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Haines City, Lakeland Highlands, Citrus Ridge, Auburndale, Lake Wales, Winston, Cypress Gardens.

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Zip CodeCityCertified Residential DatabaseMandatory Residential DatabaseMandatory Non-Residential Database
Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)Buildings MeasuredAbove 4 pCi/L (%)
33801Lakeland18228080
33802Lakeland--6060
33803Lakeland325193030
33804Lakeland10----
33805Lakeland1104040
33807Lakeland10----
33809Lakeland10414040
33810Lakeland2917----
33811Lakeland65281010
33813Lakeland43230333333
33815Lakeland50----
33823Auburndale3304040
33827Babson Park301010
33830Bartow829210601060
33837Davenport20----
33839Eagle Lake10----
33841Fort Meade50----
33843Frostproof--1010
33844Haines City702020
33849Kathleen10----
33850Lake Alfred30----
33853Lake Wales1702020
33859Lake Wales301010
33860Mulberry32161010
33868Polk City401010
33880Winter Haven1605050
33881Winter Haven1505050
33884Winter Haven5021010
34759Kissimmee30----

2012 air pollution in Polk County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.027 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 17.1 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Polk County: Simmons Ranch (A), Illahaw (B), Bronson Farms (C), Indigo Lakes Golf Club (D), Indianwood Adult Golf and Country Club (E), Imperial Golf Club (F), Ibis Golf and Country Club (G), Camp Easy (H), K 6 Ranch (I), Kissimmee Park (J), Five T Ranch (K), Lucky L Ranch (L), Storey Crossing (M), Sand Gully (N), Rattlesnake Ranch (O), Nittaw (P), Apoxee (Q), Tohopkee (R), Orlando Ranch (S), Florida Christian College Library (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Kissimmee Manufacturers Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Polk County include: Pinecastle Church of the Nazarene (A), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (B), Souls Harvest Church (C), The Altar Saint Cloud Vineyard Church (D), Friendship Baptist Church (E), Crossroads Baptist Church (F), Ball Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (G), Saint Luke Church (H), Shingle Creek Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Narcoossee Cemetery (1), Mount Carmel Cemetery (2), Barber Cemetery (3), Mount Peace Cemetery (4), Howard Cemetery (5), Pleasant Hill Cemetery (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and swamps: Lake Hatchineha (A), Ajay Lake (B), Alligator Lake (C), Trout Lake (D), Arnold Pond (E), East Lake Tohopekaliga (F), Bay Lake (G), Bee Ponds (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Beef Camp Branch (A), Bonnet Gully (B), Little North Prong (C), Catfish Creek (D), Tyson Creek (E), Turkey Slough (F), Canoe Creek (G), North Fork Taylor Creek (H), Reedy Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Polk County include: Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area (1), Fletcher Park Monument (2), Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Honolulu County, Hawaii , Honolulu County, Hawaii , Hardee County , Calhoun County, Texas , Seminole County , DeWitt County, Texas , Live Oak County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.1%
Florida:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 18,134
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 74.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 33,519 (36% naturalized citizens)

Polk County:

6.9%
Whole state:

16.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 8,208
  • 1990 to 1994: 6,297
  • 1985 to 1989: 4,952
  • 1980 to 1984: 4,148
  • 1975 to 1979: 2,462
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,983
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,321
  • 1965 to 1969: 4,148

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 84.3%

Polk County marital status for males Polk County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 120,928
  • One, attached: 5,732
  • Two: 7,714
  • 3 or 4: 7,278
  • 5 to 9: 5,834
  • 10 to 19: 3,200
  • 20 or more: 7,421
  • Mobile homes: 65,235
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 3,034

Housing units in Polk County with a mortgage: 61,982 (7,897 second mortgage, 5,022 home equity loan, 139 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 30,433

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

71.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Polk County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant148,424504
Catholic45,25113
Mainline Protestant31,34774
Black Protestant10,76146
Other8,63036
Orthodox3073
None357,375-
Polk County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 94
Polk County:

1.64 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 6
Here:

0.10 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 104
This county:

1.82 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 215
Polk County:

3.75 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

3.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 281
This county:

4.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.45 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

9.8%
Florida:

9.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

30.1%
State:

23.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.0%
State:

14.0%

Agriculture in Polk County:

Average size of farms: 201 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $91,454
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1858.54
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 9.93%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 12.48%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $68,578
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 21.40%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 85.14%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $36,440
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 75.21%
Average age of principal farm operators: 60 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 17.26
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.82%
Corn for grain: 3 harvested acres
Vegetables: 757 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 119,927 acres

Tornado activity:

Polk County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Florida state average. It is 9048315.0 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 25 fatalities and 171 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 2/22/1998, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed 25 people and injured 150 people and caused $55 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Polk County-area historical earthquake activity is near Florida state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 323.2 miles away from Polk County center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 352.8 miles away from the county center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 396.1 miles away from the county center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 324.0 miles away from the county center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 409.0 miles away from Polk County center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 363.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • FloridaTropical Storm Fay, Incident Period: August 18, 2008 to September 12, 2008, Emergency Declared (EM-3288): August 21, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3288, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • FloridaTropical Storm Fay, Incident Period: August 18, 2008 to September 12, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1785): August 24, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1785, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Florida53 Big Pine Fire, Incident Period: March 25, 2007 to March 28, 2007, Fire Management Assistance Declared: March 26, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-FM-2684, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • FloridaHurricane Wilma, Incident Period: October 23, 2005 to November 18, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1609): October 24, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1609, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3220): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3220, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Jeanne, Incident Period: September 24, 2004 to November 17, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1561): September 26, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1561, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 13, 2004 to November 17, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1551): September 16, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1551, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Frances, Incident Period: September 3, 2004 to October 8, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1545): September 4, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1545, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • FloridaHurricane Charley and Tropical Storm Bonnie, Incident Period: August 11, 2004 to August 30, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1539): August 13, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1539, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm, Hurricane
  • FloridaLakeland Fire Complex, Incident Period: February 17, 2001, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • 9 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (19) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 8, Fires: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Tropical Storms: 3, Floods: 2, Freeze: 1, Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (15%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (5%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (40%)
  • Haiti (6%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • United Kingdom (5%)
  • Jamaica (5%)
  • Cuba (4%)
  • India (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Polk County (%):

  • United States or American (19%)
  • German (11%)
  • English (10%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

Polk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 161,641 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 28,954 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,381 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 20 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 17 (0%)
  • Railroad: 20 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 4 (0%)
  • Taxi: 62 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 460 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 725 (0%)
  • Walked: 2,850 (1%)
  • Other means: 2,001 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 4,206 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Polk County, Florida in 2000:

  • 2,921 people in nursing homes
  • 2,715 people in state prisons
  • 1,940 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,853 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 1,270 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 505 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 352 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 149 people in halfway houses
  • 130 people in other group homes
  • 108 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 107 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 95 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 94 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 83 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 61 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 49 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 35 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 31 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 23 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 20 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 16 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 7 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 5 people in religious group quarters

People in group quarters in Polk County, Florida in 2010:

  • 3,208 people in state prisons
  • 2,982 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,190 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2,128 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 342 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 311 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 238 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 206 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 186 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 127 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 108 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 105 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 103 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 26 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,641.

7.84% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,912 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.84%
Florida average:

7.97%


0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($229 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.07%
Florida average:

0.11%

4.15% relocated from other counties in Florida ($15,002 average AGI)
3.62% relocated from other states ($15,682 average AGI)
Polk County:

3.62%
Florida average:

3.71%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hillsborough County, FL  1.03% ($27,691 average AGI)
from Orange County, FL  0.70% ($28,675)
from Osceola County, FL  0.49% ($26,726)
from Lake County, FL  0.22% ($30,280)
from Miami-Dade County, FL  0.19% ($25,860)
from Broward County, FL  0.16% ($28,932)
from Pinellas County, FL  0.14% ($24,467)


6.96% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,113 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.96%
Florida average:

7.17%


0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($225 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.07%
Florida average:

0.12%

4.28% relocated to other counties in Florida ($17,813 average AGI)
2.61% relocated to other states ($12,074 average AGI)
Polk County:

2.61%
Florida average:

2.87%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Hillsborough County, FL  1.14% ($26,149 average AGI)
to Orange County, FL  0.65% ($31,231)
to Osceola County, FL  0.53% ($27,511)
to Lake County, FL  0.25% ($30,892)
to Miami-Dade County, FL  0.21% ($22,304)
to Broward County, FL  0.16% ($24,888)
to Pinellas County, FL  0.15% ($30,087)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.5

Births per 1000 population in Polk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Polk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 7.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Polk County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 23.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Polk County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Polk County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 105,284 (87,407 aged, 17,877 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 23,882 (17%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Polk County, Florida in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (11080)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (6730)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (4627)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (4445)
  • Unspecified dementia (3459)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (2489)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (2015)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1635)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (1635)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1442)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.95
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 13360.69
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 276.7
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 47309.34

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1416.990
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1057.630
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4.6

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 26.29
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 51.94

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.53

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 48.6. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 29.7
  • Cut/Pierce - 6.4
  • Other - 12.5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 132.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 71.4
  • Poisoning - 27.2
  • Suffocation - 25.6
  • Other - 7.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 589,834
  • In family households: 503,445 (109,146 male householders, 50,177 female householders)
    116,251 spouses, 163,222 children (147,802 natural, 4,417 adopted, 11,003 stepchildren), 18,854 grandchildren, 6,405 brothers or sisters, 6,307 parents, 10,191 other relatives, 17,912 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 86,389 (31,473 male householders (23,284 living alone)), 36,689 female householders (30,914 living alone)), 18,227 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 12,261 (8,097 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 73,432 2-persons, 33,040 3-persons, 27,157 4-persons, 14,456 5-persons, 6,448 6-persons, 4,790 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 54,198 1-person, 11,432 2-persons, 1,546 3-persons, 576 4-persons, 239 5-persons, 97 6-persons, 74 7-or-more-persons.

69,640 married couples with children.
31,195 single-parent households (6,939 men, 24,256 women).

87.9% of residents of Polk County speak English at home.
8.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
2.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (66% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 32% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (73% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,769,993,000 ($5282 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $134,162,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,488,012,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $656,065,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $14,331,000
Federal grants: $457,217,000
Federal procurement contracts: $67,469,000 ($37,998,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $86,898,000 ($6,331,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $13,351,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $369,881,000
Federal Government insurance: $943,270,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 36,939
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

63 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 27,681
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +6,876
Here:

+13 per 1000 residents
State:

+30 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +43,728
Here:

+81 per 1000 residents
State:

+59 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Polk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 75.49 millions of gallons per day (100% from ground, 0% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

3.8

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 4,964
  • 2000 to 2004: 69,356
  • 1990 to 1999: 46,813
  • 1980 to 1989: 56,717
  • 1970 to 1979: 44,124
  • 1960 to 1969: 23,557
  • 1950 to 1959: 17,113
  • 1940 to 1949: 7,461
  • 1939 or earlier: 9,808
Rooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 168
  • 2 rooms: 1,999
  • 3 rooms: 7,518
  • 4 rooms: 18,677
  • 5 rooms: 36,346
  • 6 rooms: 33,937
  • 7 rooms: 20,879
  • 8 rooms: 10,269
  • 9+ rooms: 7,580
  • 1 room: 1,467
  • 2 rooms: 4,897
  • 3 rooms: 9,223
  • 4 rooms: 15,284
  • 5 rooms: 10,352
  • 6 rooms: 5,225
  • 7 rooms: 2,343
  • 8 rooms: 657
  • 9+ rooms: 412
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Polk County, Florida
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 491
  • 1 bedroom: 6,816
  • 2 bedrooms: 43,798
  • 3 bedrooms: 68,405
  • 4 bedrooms: 15,829
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,034
  • no bedroom: 1,902
  • 1 bedroom: 12,674
  • 2 bedrooms: 22,536
  • 3 bedrooms: 11,155
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,394
  • 5+ bedrooms: 199
Cars and other vehicles available in Polk County, Florida in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 5,129
  • 1 vehicle: 52,475
  • 2 vehicles: 57,839
  • 3 vehicles: 16,600
  • 4 vehicles: 4,100
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,230
  • no vehicle: 8,284
  • 1 vehicle: 25,217
  • 2 vehicles: 13,476
  • 3 vehicles: 2,259
  • 4 vehicles: 357
  • 5+ vehicles: 267

52% of Polk County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 59% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 41% lived in Florida.

Polk County:

52.3%
State average:

51.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 209544
  • Northeast: 67148
  • Midwest: 75160
  • South: 80430
  • West: 9148

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $70,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Polk County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (88.0%)
  • Utility gas (4.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.3%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Electricity (86.9%)
  • Utility gas (5.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.9%)
  • No fuel used (1.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 5,386
Here:

9.7%
Florida:

11.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,614
Here:

6.2%
Florida:

9.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,270
Here:

32.6%
Florida:

21.0%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Polk County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $47,330,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,024,000
    General - Other: $878,000
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $73,414,000
    Police Protection: $63,074,000
    Correctional Institutions: $38,434,000
    Solid Waste Management: $32,346,000
    Health - Other: $30,975,000
    Water Utilities: $30,633,000
    Financial Administration: $26,904,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $26,840,000
    Regular Highways: $23,803,000
    Local Fire Protection: $19,542,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $13,592,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $9,035,000
    Transit Utilities: $8,037,000
    Housing and Community Development: $7,781,000
    Central Staff Services: $6,714,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $5,889,000
    Parks and Recreation: $5,047,000
    Libraries: $2,866,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $11,552,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Health - Other: $6,916,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $3,070,000
    Local Fire Protection: $2,469,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,382,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,148,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,098,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,315,000
    Housing and Community Development: $954,000
    Financial Administration: $898,000
    Health - Other: $809,000
    General - Other: $451,000
    Transit Utilities: $437,000
    Central Staff Services: $71,000
    Solid Waste Management: $48,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $26,000
    Libraries: $13,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $165,309,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $5,492,000

Polk County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $56,896,000
    Solid Waste Management: $42,178,000
    Hospital Public: $3,694,000
    Parks and Recreation: $251,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $8,906,000
    Transit Utilities: $3,527,000
    Public Welfare: $3,521,000
    Highways: $1,648,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $35,266,000
    General Local Government Support: $879,000
    Public Welfare: $211,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $23,840,000
    Special Assessments: $20,719,000
    Interest Earnings: $12,911,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,353,000
    Rents: $2,314,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $561,000
    Sale of Property: $475,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $53,962,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $64,894,000
    All Other: $12,350,000
    Highways: $11,485,000
    Public Welfare: $3,164,000
  • Tax - Property: $153,996,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $30,949,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $21,837,000
    Other Selective Sales: $6,926,000
    Other License: $5,875,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,258,000

Polk County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $269,575,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $235,430,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $190,674,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $180,684,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $72,760,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,615,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $9,990,000

Polk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $43,167,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $375,813,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $180,684,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 15,083
  • Number of aged recipients: 1,368
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 13,715
  • Number of recipients under 18: 4,250
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 8,319
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 2,514
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 4,987
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 6,953
Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Polk County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 110 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,594$130,9821,967$130,3794,498$147,040296$48,5817$3,033,5711,088$109,269662$64,118
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED143$122,937225$134,049607$151,35685$35,5881$168,000140$155,614140$64,643
APPLICATIONS DENIED824$125,115633$106,7273,356$152,477460$41,0783$1,833,333543$118,081451$59,497
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN471$131,359284$121,8201,529$153,67878$79,6540$0183$115,803134$85,843
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS119$114,48784$138,024385$157,07815$109,1330$071$155,42324$93,917
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 79 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED141$179,63841$179,9279$120,3330$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED84$199,94032$185,78118$163,2221$113,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED46$179,73917$170,6479$88,0000$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN18$170,11119$178,1585$164,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$157,3646$162,6673$128,3331$111,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Polk County, FL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3,99974.7 years
William3,71374.7 years
James3,56071.9 years
Mary3,12178.7 years
Robert2,91572.1 years
Charles2,09574.2 years
George1,96675.8 years
Joseph1,52275.0 years
Dorothy1,34677.7 years
Helen1,32679.9 years
Most common last names in Polk County, FL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1,90574.9 years
Johnson1,19573.9 years
Williams1,09473.4 years
Jones1,02874.9 years
Brown99474.5 years
Davis82972.9 years
Miller72775.7 years
Wilson54673.0 years
Taylor53574.6 years
Anderson52875.3 years
Businesses in Polk County, FL
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven18Kmart2
ALDI1Knights Inn1
AMF Bowling1Kohl's2
AT&T8La Quinta2
Ace Hardware6La-Z-Boy3
Advance Auto Parts18Lane Bryant1
Aeropostale2Lane Furniture7
American Eagle Outfitters1LensCrafters2
Ann Taylor1Little Caesars Pizza4
Applebee's4Long John Silver's4
Arby's8Lowe's7
Ashley Furniture1Macy's2
AutoZone11Marriott2
Avenue1Marshalls1
BMW1MasterBrand Cabinets9
Baskin-Robbins4Mazda1
Bath & Body Works3McDonald's28
Baymont Inn1Men's Wearhouse2
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motel 62
Best Western3Motherhood Maternity3
Blockbuster5New Balance4
Budget Car Rental2New York & Co1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Nike22
Burger King12Nissan2
CVS18Office Depot2
Casual Male XL1Old Navy1
Catherines1Olive Garden3
Charlotte Russe2Outback4
Chevrolet5Outback Steakhouse4
Chick-Fil-A4Pac Sun2
Chico's1Panera Bread2
Chipotle1Papa John's Pizza5
Chuck E. Cheese's1Payless9
Church's Chicken1Penske8
Circle K3PetSmart1
Clarion1Pier 1 Imports2
Cold Stone Creamery2Pizza Hut14
Coldwater Creek1Plato's Closet1
ColorTyme1Popeyes3
Comfort Inn1Publix Super Markets21
Comfort Suites1Quality2
Cracker Barrel2Quiznos3
Curves4RadioShack10
DHL7Ramada2
Dairy Queen7Red Lobster3
Days Inn3Rodeway Inn1
Decora Cabinetry2Rooms To Go2
Dennys7Ruby Tuesday3
Discount Tire1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Domino's Pizza8SAS Shoes2
Dunkin Donuts8SONIC Drive-In2
Famous Footwear1Sam's Club2
FedEx80Sears7
Finish Line1Sephora1
Firestone Complete Auto Care3Sleep Inn1
Foot Locker2Spencer Gifts2
Ford5Sprint Nextel8
Fredericks Of Hollywood1Staples4
GNC8Starbucks10
GameStop7Steak 'n Shake3
Goodwill5Subaru1
H&R Block24Suburban1
Hardee's3Super 82
Havertys Furniture1T-Mobile21
Hilton4T.G.I. Driday's2
Hobby Lobby1Taco Bell13
Holiday Inn5Target4
Hollister Co.1The Room Place2
Home Depot4Tire Kingdom5
Honda2Toyota2
Hot Topic1Toys"R"Us3
Houlihan's1Travelodge1
Howard Johnson3True Value2
Hyatt1U-Haul56
Hyundai2UPS97
IHOP5Vans3
JCPenney3Verizon Wireless3
JoS. A. Bank1Victoria's Secret3
Jones New York9Volkswagen1
Journeys2Waffle House3
Justice1Walgreens22
KFC9Walmart9
Kincaid2YMCA7

Polk County on our top lists:

  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"