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Lake Wales, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Lake Wales had a population of 15,761 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Lake Wales, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 15,761
Daytime Population: Workers 8,728
Daytime Population: Residents 9,934
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 18,662
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.18
Population in Households 15,522
Population in Familes 12,293
Population in Group Qrtrs 239
Population Density2 832
Diversity Index3 68


Median Household Income $35,049
Average Household Income $48,799
Per Capita Income $20,026


Total Housing Units 7,421 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,419 (46.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,919 (39.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,083 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $126,832
Average Home Value $173,764


Total Households 6,338
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 4,085
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 1.42% 1.31%
Households 1.26% 1.22%
Families 1.08% 1.12%
Median Household Income   1.69%
Per Capita Income   2.82%

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, 2017 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 # 229 75th
Population Density # 626 32nd
Diversity Index # 170 82nd
Median Household Income # 783 15th
Per Capita Income # 697 24th

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