Health and Nutrition of Lake Wales, FL Residents

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Forty nine percent of Lake Wales residents report that their diet is generally healthy. People here have milk to drink or on their cereal 21 times per month. This includes chocolate and other flavored milks, as well as hot cocoa made with milk, and does not count small amounts of milk added to coffee or tea. People living here eat an average of three meals (breakfasts, lunches or dinners) per week that were prepared away from home in places such as restaurants, fast food places, food stands, grocery stores or from vending machines. They get two of these meals from a fast-food or pizza place. People here eat two "ready to eat" foods such as salads, soups, chicken, sandwiches and cooked vegetables per month. They also eat three frozen meals or frozen pizzas on average monthly.

Summary

Diet health (%)

  • Lake Wales 49.2%
  • County 50.2%
  • State 50.9%

Milk product consumption (# of products/month)

  • Lake Wales 20.7
  • Polk County 21.2
  • State 20.8

Meals not home prepared (#/week)

  • Here 3.3
  • County 3.4
  • Florida 3.5

Meals from fast food or pizza place (#/week)

  • Here 1.8
  • County 1.7
  • State 1.7

Ready-to-eat foods (#/month)

  • Lake Wales 1.7
  • Polk County 1.7
  • State 1.8

Frozen meals/pizza (#/month)

  • Here 3.1
  • County 3.3
  • Florida 3.1

The average Lake Wales resident last visited a dentist two years ago (including all types of dentists, such as, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and all other dental specialists, as well as dental hygienists). Fifteen percent of people living here 30 years of age and older, are embarrassed because of their teeth, mouth or dentures. Twenty percent think they might have gum disease (might have swollen gums, receding gums, sore or infected gums or loose teeth). Lake Wales residents rate the overall health of their teeth and gums on average at 45 percent. People living here aged 30 years and older, aside from brushing their teeth with toothbrush, use dental floss or any other device that clean between teeth on average three days per week. They also use mouthwash or other dental rinse products to treat dental disease or dental problems an average of three days per week. The average person living here (including children) has 22 teeth.

Summary

Average years since last visit a dentist

  • Lake Wales 2.1
  • County 2.0
  • State 1.9

People embarrassed because of mouth (%)

  • Lake Wales 14.8%
  • County 15.3%
  • State 14.1%

People with gum disease (%)

  • Lake Wales 19.9%
  • Polk County 20.6%
  • Florida 19.9%

General health of teeth and gums (%)

  • Lake Wales 45.5%
  • County 46.7%
  • State 48.5%

Average days a week using dental floss/device

  • Here 2.7
  • Polk County 2.8
  • Florida 3.0

Average days a week using mouthwash for dental problem

  • Here 3.1
  • Polk County 2.9
  • State 2.9

Average number of teeth

  • Here 21.6
  • Polk County 22.0
  • State 22.9

The average height of Lake Wales residents 16 years and older is 66 inches. The average weight is 180 pounds. Their average BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29. Forty percent of people living here are obese. Fifty two percent have ever been obese. Thirty three percent have ever tried to lose weight.

Summary

Average height (inches)

  • Here 66.2
  • Polk County 66.6
  • State 66.4

Average weight (pounds)

  • Here 179.8
  • Polk County 179.9
  • State 179.0

Average BMI

  • Lake Wales 29.0
  • Polk County 28.7
  • Florida 28.7

People that are obese (%)

  • Lake Wales 39.9%
  • County 37.8%
  • Florida 37.8%

People that ever were obese (%)

  • Here 51.5%
  • County 49.8%
  • State 49.0%

People trying to lose weight (%)

  • Lake Wales 33.1%
  • County 34.2%
  • State 36.1%

Sixty two percent of Lake Wales residents have ever used marijuana or hashish. Twenty one percent of people living here have ever used cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Nineteen percent have ever used any form of cocaine, such as powder, 'crack', 'free base', and coca paste. Three percent have ever used heroin. Nine percent have ever used methamphetamines.

Summary

People that ever used marijuana or hashish (%)

  • Lake Wales 61.7%
  • County 63.9%
  • State 61.5%

Ever used hard drugs (%)

  • Lake Wales 20.7%
  • County 23.2%
  • Florida 21.2%

Ever used any form of cocaine (%)

  • Here 19.1%
  • Polk County 21.2%
  • Florida 19.5%

Ever used heroin (%)

  • Lake Wales 2.9%
  • County 2.9%
  • State 2.5%

Ever used methamphetamine (%)

  • Lake Wales 9.3%
  • Polk County 12.0%
  • State 10.4%

Twelve percent of people living in Lake Wales have ever been told by a doctor or health professional that they have diabetes. Fifty percent of people had a blood test for high sugar or diabetes within the past three years. Four percent of city residents are currently taking insulin.

Summary

Diabetics (%)

  • Lake Wales 12.2%
  • County 11.3%
  • State 10.7%

Had a blood test for high blood sugar (%)

  • Lake Wales 49.6%
  • County 49.1%
  • State 49.6%

People taking insulin (%)

  • Lake Wales 3.7%
  • County 3.3%
  • State 3.2%

Lake Wales residents 20 years and older on average get up to urinate one time at night (from time they go to bed at night until the time they get up in the morning).

Summary

Avg. # of times urinating at night

  • Here 1.3
  • Polk County 1.2
  • Florida 1.1

Eleven percent of Lake Wales residents above the age of 40 have problems with their ability to smell, such as not being able to smell things or things not smelling the way they are supposed to. Six percent have been having problems with their ability to taste sweet, sour, salty or bitter foods and drinks. Sixty six percent of people above the age of 40 have ever had wisdom teeth removed. Twenty six percent have ever had their tonsils removed. Thirteen percent have lost consciousness because of a head injury. Eighteen percent have ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull. Thirty five percent have had two or more sinus infections.

Summary

People 40+ having problems with smell (%)

  • Here 10.9%
  • County 11.7%
  • State 11.3%

People 40+ having problems with taste (%)

  • Lake Wales 6.3%
  • County 5.8%
  • Florida 5.5%

People 40+ that ever had wisdom teeth removed (%)

  • Lake Wales 66.1%
  • Polk County 68.7%
  • Florida 67.4%

People 40+ that ever had tonsils teeth removed (%)

  • Here 26.4%
  • Polk County 30.2%
  • Florida 29.7%

People 40+ that ever had a loss of consciousness because of a head injury (%)

  • Lake Wales 13.5%
  • County 15.8%
  • State 15.1%

People 40+ that ever had a broken nose or other serious injury to face or skull (%)

  • Lake Wales 17.8%
  • Polk County 20.9%
  • State 19.8%

People 40+ that ever had two or more sinus infections (%)

  • Here 35.3%
  • County 39.6%
  • Florida 38.2%

Seventy six percent of people living in Lake Wales are covered by health insurance or some other kind of health care plan.

Summary

People covered by health insurance (%)

  • Here 76.0%
  • Polk County 76.2%
  • Florida 76.8%

Twenty nine percent of people living in Lake Wales have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had hypertension (also called high blood pressure). Twenty seven percent of people take their blood pressure at home. Forty seven percent of people in Lake Wales frequently check their blood cholesterol. Twenty three percent of people have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that their blood cholesterol level was high.

Summary

Has high blood pressure (%)

  • Lake Wales 28.6%
  • County 26.3%
  • State 25.1%

Checking blood pressure at home (%)

  • Lake Wales 26.7%
  • County 26.5%
  • State 25.3%

Frequently checking blood cholesterol (%)

  • Here 47.4%
  • Polk County 45.9%
  • State 46.0%

Has high cholesterol level (%)

  • Lake Wales 22.7%
  • County 22.3%
  • State 20.7%

Twenty seven percent of people living in Lake Wales use sunscreen.

Summary

People using sunscreen (%)

  • Here 27.3%
  • County 33.8%
  • Florida 35.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Twenty six percent of Lake Wales residents 18 years old and older have usually little interest or pleasure in doing things. Twenty seven percent often feel down, depressed, or hopeless. Thirty nine percent of people living here have trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleep too much. Fifty percent of people often feel tired or have little energy. Twenty eight percent are bothered by poor appetite or overeating. Twenty percent often feel badly about themselves, that they are a failure or have let themselves or their families down. Eighteen percent have trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching TV. Fourteen percent of people living here move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed, or the opposite - being so fidgety or restless that they have been moving around a lot more than usual. Four percent have thoughts that they would be better off dead or of hurting themselves in some way.

Summary

People who have little interest in doing things (%)

  • Lake Wales 26.4%
  • County 25.8%
  • Florida 25.2%

People feeling down, depressed, or hopeless (%)

  • Here 26.8%
  • Polk County 26.9%
  • Florida 26.1%

People who have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much (%)

  • Here 39.0%
  • County 40.9%
  • State 39.8%

People feeling tired or having little energy (%)

  • Here 49.9%
  • Polk County 50.6%
  • Florida 49.9%

People with poor appetite or overeating (%)

  • Here 28.1%
  • Polk County 27.3%
  • State 26.2%

People feeling bad about themself (%)

  • Lake Wales 20.2%
  • Polk County 20.8%
  • Florida 19.9%

People who have trouble concentrating on things (%)

  • Lake Wales 17.6%
  • County 18.4%
  • State 18.1%

People moving or speaking slowly or too fast (%)

  • Lake Wales 14.3%
  • County 13.7%
  • Florida 12.7%

People having thoughts they would be better off dead (%)

  • Lake Wales 4.4%
  • Polk County 4.5%
  • State 4.1%

Lake Wales residents on average take two prescription medicines.

Summary

Average number of prescription medicines taking

  • Here 2.3
  • Polk County 2.3
  • Florida 2.1

Seventy six percent of people living in Lake Wales have at least one alcoholic drink per month. Thirteen percent of people living here do not drink alcohol at all. People living here drink alcohol 4.7 days per month on average. They have 5.5 drinks per week. On average people living here have 5 or more drinks on 22 days a year.

Summary

People drinking some alcohol every month (%)

  • Lake Wales 75.9%
  • Polk County 79.5%
  • State 78.9%

People not drinking at all (%)

  • Lake Wales 12.6%
  • Polk County 10.9%
  • State 11.0%

Average days/month drinking alcohol

  • Here 4.7
  • Polk County 5.1
  • State 5.0

Average drinks/week

  • Lake Wales 5.5
  • Polk County 5.8
  • Florida 5.3

Average days/year people drink much

  • Lake Wales 22.4
  • Polk County 23.4
  • State 20.8

Ninety seven percent of Lake Wales residents 18 years and older have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex. Ninety four percent of males have ever had vaginal sex with a woman. Eighty two percent have ever performed oral sex on a woman. Forty six percent have ever had anal sex with a woman. Five percent of males in Lake Wales have ever had any kind of sex with a man, including oral or anal. Ninety seven percent of females have ever had vaginal sex with a man. Seventy seven percent have ever performed oral sex on a man. Thirty four percent have ever had anal sex. Thirteen percent of females have ever had any kind of sex with a woman. People in Lake Wales were 17 years old on average when they had sex for the first time. The average man in his lifetime had any kind of sex with 31 women. He has vaginal sex with 23 women. People living here were on average 22 years old when they first performed oral sex on a woman. In their lifetime they performed oral sex on average on four women. Males in their lifetime have anal or oral sex with 3.7 men on average. They have had 2.2 anal sex partners in their lifetime. People in Lake Wales were 20 years old on average when they first performed oral sex on a man. They performed oral sex on average on five men in their lifetime. Fourteen percent of people use protection, like a condom or dental dam, while performing oral sex. The average person in Lake Wales has vaginal or anal sex 54 times a year. Forty six percent have sex without using a condom. Females in Lake Wales 18 years and older have had any kind of sex with 11 men on average. They have had nine male vaginal sex partners in their lifetimes. Women here have on average 0.6 female sex partners in their lifetimes. Seventy two percent of men 18 years old and older are circumcised.

Summary

People 18+ that ever had sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) (%)

  • Here 97.3%
  • Polk County 97.3%
  • Florida 97.3%

Males 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 94.1%
  • Polk County 94.7%
  • State 94.3%

Males 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a woman (%)

  • Lake Wales 81.7%
  • Polk County 85.7%
  • Florida 85.7%

Males 18+ that ever had anal sex with a woman (%)

  • Lake Wales 45.7%
  • Polk County 47.6%
  • State 46.6%

Males 18+ that ever had any sex with a man (%)

  • Lake Wales 5.5%
  • Polk County 6.2%
  • State 6.9%

Females 18+ that ever had vaginal sex with a man (%)

  • Lake Wales 96.7%
  • Polk County 97.1%
  • State 97.1%

Females 18+ that ever performed oral sex on a man (%)

  • Lake Wales 77.3%
  • County 82.7%
  • Florida 83.0%

Females 18+ that ever had anal sex with a man (%)

  • Lake Wales 34.4%
  • Polk County 37.0%
  • Florida 37.2%

Females 18+ that ever had any kind of sex with a woman (%)

  • Here 12.6%
  • County 11.2%
  • Florida 10.5%

Average age people first had sex

  • Lake Wales 16.6
  • County 16.8
  • Florida 17.0

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 31.4
  • Polk County 30.0
  • State 27.3

Average number of female vaginal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 23.4
  • Polk County 22.0
  • State 20.6

Average age people first performed oral sex on a woman (18+)

  • Here 22.2
  • Polk County 21.7
  • Florida 21.7

Average number of woman performed oral sex on in lifetime (18+)

  • Here 4.3
  • County 5.0
  • State 4.6

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Lake Wales 3.7
  • County 4.0
  • Florida 3.4

Average number of male anal sex partners in lifetime (males 18+)

  • Here 2.2
  • Polk County 2.3
  • Florida 1.9

Average age people first performed oral sex on a man (18+)

  • Here 20.0
  • County 19.8
  • State 19.7

Average number of male oral sex partners in lifetime (18+)

  • Here 5.4
  • County 5.9
  • State 5.0

People using protection when performing oral sex (%)

  • Here 13.8%
  • Polk County 9.7%
  • Florida 9.5%

Average number of times people have vaginal or anal sex a year

  • Here 53.7
  • County 56.3
  • Florida 55.9

People having sex without condom (%)

  • Lake Wales 45.7%
  • County 50.3%
  • Florida 49.9%

Average number of male sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Lake Wales 10.9
  • Polk County 10.4
  • Florida 9.7

Average number of male vaginal sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Lake Wales 8.6
  • Polk County 8.9
  • Florida 8.3

Average number of female sex partners in lifetime (females 18+)

  • Lake Wales 0.6
  • County 0.5
  • State 0.5

Circumcised males 18+ (%)

  • Lake Wales 72.3%
  • County 78.3%
  • Florida 75.4%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Eleven percent of households in Lake Wales use chemical products in their homes to control fleas, roaches, ants, termites or other insects. Four percent use chemical products in their lawns or gardens to kill weeds.

Summary

Households using pesticides to control insects (%)

  • Lake Wales 11.4%
  • Polk County 10.5%
  • State 10.5%

Households using pesticides to kill weeds (%)

  • Lake Wales 4.1%
  • County 4.5%
  • Florida 4.2%

Lake Wales residents 16 years and older usually get seven hours of sleep at night on weekdays or workdays. Twenty eight percent of them have trouble sleeping.

Summary

Average hours sleeping at night

  • Here 6.8
  • Polk County 6.9
  • State 6.9

People that has trouble sleeping (%)

  • Lake Wales 28.1%
  • Polk County 30.6%
  • State 29.4%

Fifty percent of Lake Wales residents currently smoke cigarettes.

Summary

People smoking cigarettes (%)

  • Lake Wales 49.8%
  • Polk County 48.3%
  • Florida 45.5%

Nineteen percent of Lake Wales residents' work involve vigorous-intensity activity that causes large increases in breathing or heart rate, like carrying or lifting heavy loads, digging or construction work for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty three percent of people do moderate-intensity activities at work that cause small increases in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking or carrying light loads for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty percent walk or bicycle for at least 10 minutes continuously to get to and from places. Seventeen percent do any vigorous-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause large increases in breathing or heart rate like running or basketball for at least 10 minutes continuously. Thirty eight percent do any moderate-intensity sports, fitness or recreational activities that cause a small increase in breathing or heart rate such as brisk walking, bicycling, swimming or golf for at least 10 minutes continuously. People living here spend six hours sitting on a typical day (this includes sitting at work, at home, getting to and from places, or with friends, including time spent sitting at a desk, traveling in a car or bus, reading, playing cards, watching television or using a computer). They usually sit and watch TV or videos for about three hours per day. They use a computer or play computer games (including Playstation, Nintendo DS, or other portable video games) outside of work or school for 1.2 hours per day.

Summary

People doing vigorous-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 18.9%
  • County 20.8%
  • Florida 19.6%

People doing moderate-intensity work activities (%)

  • Here 33.3%
  • Polk County 36.8%
  • State 35.7%

People walking or bicycling (%)

  • Lake Wales 29.5%
  • County 29.0%
  • Florida 29.5%

People doing vigorous-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Lake Wales 17.0%
  • Polk County 18.0%
  • State 20.5%

People doing moderate-intensity recreational activities (%)

  • Here 37.6%
  • Polk County 40.8%
  • Florida 42.4%

Average hours a day doing sedentary activities

  • Lake Wales 6.1
  • Polk County 6.1
  • Florida 6.1

Average hours a day watching TV or videos

  • Here 3.0
  • Polk County 2.9
  • State 2.7

Average hours a day using computer

  • Here 1.2
  • County 1.2
  • Florida 1.3

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Ten percent of Lake Wales residents have ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had asthma. Five percent of people living here has anemia, sometimes called "tired blood" or "low blood". Three percent of people 16 years and older have ever been told by a doctor or other health care professional that they had psoriasis. Thirty four percent are overweight. Twenty percent of people 60 years and older have difficulties in thinking or remembering that can make a big difference in everyday activities (this does not refer to occasionally forgetting your keys or the name of someone you recently met). This refers to things like confusion or memory loss that are happening more often or getting worse. Fourteen percent of people living in Lake Wales have ever received a blood transfusion. Twenty one percent have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. Twenty eight percent of people 20 and older have arthritis. Four percent have ever been told they had gout. Four percent have congestive heart failure. Four percent have coronary heart disease. Three percent have angina, also called angina pectoris. Five percent have ever had a heart attack, also called myocardial infarction. Five percent have been ever told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a stroke. Three percent have ever had emphysema. Eight percent have another thyroid problem. Four percent have ever had chronic bronchitis. Three percent of people had any kind of liver condition. Ten percent have ever had cancer or a malignancy of any kind.

Summary

People with asthma (%)

  • Lake Wales 10.5%
  • County 10.3%
  • Florida 9.8%

People with anemia (%)

  • Lake Wales 4.6%
  • Polk County 3.8%
  • State 3.6%

People with psoriasis (%)

  • Lake Wales 3.2%
  • Polk County 3.7%
  • Florida 3.6%

People with overweight (%)

  • Lake Wales 34.3%
  • Polk County 34.4%
  • Florida 34.8%

Elderly people having difficulties in thinking or remembering (%)

  • Here 20.4%
  • County 20.1%
  • Florida 18.4%

People who ever received blood transfusion (%)

  • Lake Wales 13.7%
  • Polk County 13.0%
  • State 12.3%

People having trouble seeing even with glass/contacts (%)

  • Here 20.6%
  • Polk County 19.8%
  • State 18.9%

People with arthritis (%)

  • Lake Wales 28.3%
  • County 28.4%
  • Florida 26.6%

People with gout (%)

  • Lake Wales 4.4%
  • County 4.3%
  • State 4.1%

People with congestive heart failure (%)

  • Lake Wales 4.4%
  • Polk County 4.1%
  • Florida 3.4%

People with coronary heart disease (%)

  • Here 4.0%
  • County 4.0%
  • State 3.6%

People with angina pectoris (%)

  • Here 2.7%
  • Polk County 2.7%
  • Florida 2.4%

People who ever had heart attack (%)

  • Lake Wales 4.6%
  • County 4.6%
  • State 4.1%

People who ever had stroke (%)

  • Lake Wales 5.0%
  • Polk County 4.5%
  • State 3.9%

People with emphysema (%)

  • Lake Wales 3.2%
  • County 3.6%
  • Florida 2.8%

People with thyroid problem (%)

  • Here 7.6%
  • County 8.1%
  • Florida 7.9%

People with chronic bronchitis (%)

  • Here 3.9%
  • County 3.9%
  • State 3.4%

People with any liver condition (%)

  • Here 2.7%
  • Polk County 3.0%
  • State 2.6%

People who ever had cancer or malignancy (%)

  • Lake Wales 9.6%
  • Polk County 10.4%
  • Florida 9.8%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

Sixty six percent of births in Lake Wales were vaginal deliveries. Thirty four percent of deliveries were cesarean. 99.0 percent of deliveries resulted in live births. Sixty one percent of pregnancies resulted in a delivery. Forty nine percent of women breastfeed their children. Twenty six percent of women in Lake Wales have ever had a hysterectomy, including a partial hysterectomy (that is, surgery to remove their uterus or womb). Thirteen percent had both of their ovaries removed (either when they had their uterus removed or at another time). Seventy percent have ever taken birth control pills for any reason. Six percent of women are currently taking birth control pills. Seventeen percent have ever used Depo-Provera or injectable birth control to prevent pregnancy. Nineteen percent have ever used female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, including any forms of female hormones, such as pills, cream, patch and injections, but do not include birth control methods or use for infertility.

Summary

Vaginal deliveries (%)

  • Lake Wales 66.1%
  • County 65.8%
  • Florida 63.8%

Cesarean deliveries (%)

  • Here 33.9%
  • Polk County 34.2%
  • Florida 36.2%

Deliveries resulted in a live birth (%)

  • Lake Wales 99.0%
  • County 99.3%
  • Florida 99.2%

Pregnancies resulted in a delivery (%)

  • Here 60.5%
  • Polk County 59.7%
  • State 59.7%

Women breastfeeding newborns (%)

  • Lake Wales 49.4%
  • Polk County 53.6%
  • State 57.4%

Women that had a hysterectomy (%)

  • Lake Wales 25.5%
  • County 24.5%
  • State 22.8%

Women that had both ovaries removed (%)

  • Here 13.0%
  • Polk County 13.4%
  • State 12.3%

Women that have ever taken birth control pills (%)

  • Here 70.1%
  • County 73.2%
  • Florida 73.1%

Women taking birth control pills (%)

  • Lake Wales 6.2%
  • Polk County 6.9%
  • State 7.0%

Women that have ever used Depo-Provera or injectables (%)

  • Lake Wales 17.1%
  • Polk County 14.9%
  • Florida 15.6%

Women that have ever used female hormones (%)

  • Lake Wales 18.5%
  • Polk County 20.8%
  • State 19.9%

People living in Lake Wales report their general health condition on average at 54 percent. Four percent of them donate blood. Excluding tests they have had as part of blood donations, 40 percent of Lake Wales residents have ever had their blood tested for the AIDS virus infection. Eight percent of people living in Lake Wales are left-handed.

Summary

General health condition (%)

  • Here 53.6%
  • County 55.3%
  • State 56.4%

Blood donors (%)

  • Here 4.0%
  • County 4.5%
  • State 4.9%

Has blood ever tested for HIV virus (%)

  • Here 39.7%
  • County 38.4%
  • State 39.3%

Left-handed people (%)

  • Lake Wales 8.0%
  • Polk County 8.3%
  • Florida 8.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People in Lake Wales spend $348 per month on average on food for their families at supermarkets or grocery stores. This is 25 percent of their income. The average family in Lake Wales spends $69 on food at other stores monthly. This is four percent of their income. They spend $122 on eating out, including cafeterias at work or at school or on vending machines. This is six percent of their income. They also spend $22 monthly on carried out or delivered food. This is one percent of their income.

Summary

Money monthly spent on food at supermarket/grocery store

  • Here $348
  • Polk County $352
  • State $361

Income spent on food at supermarket/grocery store (%)

  • Lake Wales 25.0%
  • County 23.1%
  • Florida 22.3%

Money monthly spent on food at other stores

  • Lake Wales $69
  • County $71
  • State $77

Income spent on food at other stores (%)

  • Lake Wales 4.1%
  • County 4.1%
  • State 4.2%

Money monthly spent on eating out

  • Lake Wales $122
  • County $134
  • State $146

Income spent on eating out (%)

  • Here 6.3%
  • County 6.6%
  • Florida 6.9%

Money monthly spent on carryout/delivered foods

  • Here $22
  • County $23
  • State $26

Income spent on carryout/delivered foods (%)

  • Here 1.2%
  • County 1.2%
  • Florida 1.2%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

People living in Lake Wales report their general condition of hearing on average at 78 percent. Eighty one percent of them can usually hear and understand, without the use of a hearing aid or any other listening devices, what a person says without seeing his or her face if that person whispers to them from across a quiet room. Ninety five percent of people can hear a normal voice across a quiet room. Nineteen percent of Lake Wales population have been bothered by ringing, roaring or buzzing in their ears or head. Forty one percent of people living here have ever had a job where they were exposed to loud sounds or noise. Loud means so loud that they must speak in a raised voice to be heard. Fourteen percent of people in Lake Wales had off-work exposure to loud noise.

Summary

Average condition of hearing (%)

  • Lake Wales 78.1%
  • County 77.7%
  • Florida 78.9%

People that can hear a whisper from across a quiet room (%)

  • Here 81.1%
  • County 78.8%
  • State 81.2%

People that can hear normal voice from across a quiet room (%)

  • Lake Wales 95.3%
  • Polk County 94.6%
  • Florida 95.3%

Ears ringing, roaring, buzzing (%)

  • Lake Wales 18.5%
  • Polk County 20.4%
  • State 18.5%

Had a job exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Lake Wales 40.5%
  • Polk County 43.2%
  • State 39.9%

Had off-work exposure to loud noise (%)

  • Here 14.3%
  • Polk County 15.2%
  • State 14.3%

Thirty percent of Lake Wales residents 40 and older take a low-dose aspirin each day to prevent heart attacks, strokes or cancer.

Summary

Adults 40+ taking low-dose aspirin (%)

  • Here 30.5%
  • Polk County 29.1%
  • Florida 28.1%

Twenty percent of Lake Wales residents 20 or older have limitations caused by a long-term physical, mental or emotional problems or illnesses keeping them from working at a job or business. Twenty six percent are limited in the kind or amount of work they can do because of physical, mental or emotional problems. Eleven percent have difficulty walking without using any special equipment. Eleven percent are limited in any way because of difficulty remembering or because they experience periods of confusion. Eleven percent of people here have health problems that require them to use special equipment, such as a cane, wheelchair, special bed or special telephone.

Summary

People having limitations keeping them from working (%)

  • Here 19.8%
  • County 19.3%
  • State 16.9%

People limited in amount of work they can do (%)

  • Here 26.3%
  • Polk County 25.9%
  • Florida 23.1%

People that need special equipment to walk (%)

  • Here 11.5%
  • Polk County 10.2%
  • Florida 9.3%

People experiencing confusion/memory problems (%)

  • Here 10.8%
  • County 10.3%
  • State 9.2%

People requiring special healthcare equipment (%)

  • Lake Wales 10.9%
  • County 9.4%
  • Florida 8.6%

The biggest differences compared to state averages have been highlighted with a blue background.

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