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Bartow, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Bartow is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Polk County at latitude 27.8861 and longitude -81.8217. Polk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 125 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Bartow, but most people and references simply refer to it as Bartow, Florida.

The P1 Census Class Code for Bartow indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Bartow (see map below) encompass a land area of 45.91 sq. miles and a water area of 6.42 sq. miles.

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Bartow, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 17,929
Population in Households 16,689
Population in Familes 13,625
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,240
Population Density1 391
Diversity Index2 65


Total Households 6,441
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 4,361
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,400 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,873 (52.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,568 (34.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 959 (13.0%)
Median Home Value $89,319
Average Home Value $122,534


Median Household Income $41,533
Average Household Income $54,499
Per Capita Income $19,951
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.85% 1.6%
Households 0.7% 1.7%
Families 0.79% 1.57%
Median Household Income   4.02%
Per Capita Income   2.53%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Bartow, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bartow to the other 920 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 196 79th
Population Density1 # 751 19th
Diversity Index2 # 197 79th
Median Household Income # 494 46th
Per Capita Income # 602 35th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Florida Census Data Comparison Tool.