Introduction to Fort Meade, Florida

Fort Meade, Florida, is 22 miles SE of Lakeland, Florida and 42 miles E of Tampa, Florida. It is in Polk county. The city is part of the Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area.

Fort Meade History

Fort Meade is one of the oldest cities in Polk County. In 1849, during the Seminole Indian Wars, the area was a military road connecting Tampa to Fort Pierce. The name of the city was kept in honor of an army personnel who explored the area. Fort Meade was first incorporated in 1885, and again in 1915.

Fort Meade and Nearby Attractions

  • Polk Museum of Art.
  • Historic Bok Sanctuary.
  • Paynes Creek State Historic Site.
  • Highlands Hammock State Park.
  • Fort Meade Recreational Area.

Things To Do In Fort Meade

Those interested in history can pay a visit to the Polk County Historical Museum to learn more about the social, political and the cultural history of Polk County and central Florida. Steve Martin's Natural Encounters is a popular wildlife sanctuary. At the Highlands Hammock State Park, camping, biking and horseback riding opportunities are available. The Fort Meade Recreational Area is a popular spot fo canoeing, fishing and hiking.

Fort Meade Transportation

Tampa International is the nearest major airport.

Fort Meade Higher Education

The closest colleges and universities include the Travis Technical Center, Polk Community College, the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College.


Total Population 5,824
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 19.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,061
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,292
% Above Poverty Level 80.3%
% Below Poverty Level 19.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 21.3%
Median Gross Rent $811
Median House Value $67,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.3%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 6.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fort Meade Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles SE of Lakeland, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Polk
Metro Area Lakeland - Winter Haven
Standard Zip Codes 33841
Phone Area Codes 863
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.751
Longitude -81.801

Fort Meade Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BARTOW
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 74 F
Apr Temp 61 to 84 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 66 to 85 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 84 F
Annual Precip 47.7 inches
Station AVON PARK 2 W
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 48 to 73 F
Apr Temp 59 to 83 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 64 to 84 F
Annual Precip 49 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bartow 18,094 $55,290
Bowling Green 2,916 $33,806
Eagle Lake 2,486 $52,000
Highland Park 309 $73,750
Mulberry 3,900 $44,163
Wauchula 4,909 $50,559

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Fort Meade High Schools

Serves 769 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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