Lake Wales, FL Profile: Facts & Data


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Lake Wales, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Lake Wales had a population of 15,661 as of July 1, 2018. Lake Wales ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Florida. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lake Wales is located at latitude 27.9207 and longitude -81.5995 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lake Wales (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.93 sq. miles and a water area of 1.26 sq. miles. Polk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 148 feet.

The City of Lake Wales (GNIS ID: 2404869) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Florida is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Lake Wales is located within Lake Wales CCD of Polk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lake Wales population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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Lake Wales, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 15,661
Population in Households 15,411
Population in Familes 12,129
Population in Group Qrtrs 250
Population Density1 827
Diversity Index2 68


Median Household Income $36,845
Average Household Income $52,074
Per Capita Income $21,331


Total Housing Units 7,486 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,494 (46.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,796 (37.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,196 (16.0%)
Median Home Value $148,984
Average Home Value $197,361


Total Households 6,290
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 4,046
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.17% 1.46%
Households 1.01% 1.37%
Families 0.83% 1.27%
Median Household Income   3.13%
Per Capita Income   3.9%

Lake Wales, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lake Wales to the other 919 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 233 75th
Population Density # 629 32nd
Diversity Index # 171 82nd
Median Household Income # 752 18th
Per Capita Income # 669 27th

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