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Overview

Introduction to Winter Haven, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida, in Polk county, is 14 miles E of Lakeland, Florida (center to center) and 44 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is located in the Lakeland-Winter Haven metropolitan area.

Winter Haven History

The Thornhills were the first family to move into the area which is presently known as Winter Haven. They came in the 1860s. They were then followed by several other families. The area was plotted in 1884 by Blount and Whitledge. The name "Winter Haven" was adopted by the people of the area in 1885. It was suggested by an early settler P.D. Eycleshimer, who based it upon the fact that the city had a very pleasant climate during winter. The city was incorporated in 1911.

Winter Haven and Nearby Attractions

  • Cypress Gardens.
  • Water Ski Museum and Hall of Fame.
  • Bok Tower Gardens.
  • Baytree Golf Club.

Things To Do In Winter Haven

Winter Haven has adopted the motto “The Chain of Lakes” for its city, as it has 41 lakes in and around its limits. It is famous as the water skiing capital of the world. It is a great place for boating, fishing and other kinds of water sports. The Cyprus Gardens is a famous theme park which has lush botanical gardens. It has floral festivals, water ski shows and bird and reptile shows arranged on a regular basis. The Boston Red Sox play run their Spring training camp in Winter Haven.

Winter Haven Transportation

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is Winter Park's closest major airport.

Winter Haven Higher Education

Adult education is provided by nearby Polk Community College.

People

Total Population 35,835
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 24.3%
Employed Population 16+ 13,244
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $29,984
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,384
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,485

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,556
% Above Poverty Level 81.6%
% Below Poverty Level 18.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.4%
Median Gross Rent $831
Median House Value $98,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.1%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 6.7%

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

Winter Haven Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles E of Lakeland, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Polk
Metro Area Lakeland - Winter Haven
Standard Zip Codes 33880, 33881, 33884
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33882, 33883, 33885
Company Zip Codes 33888
Phone Area Codes 863
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.021
Longitude -81.733

Winter Haven Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station WINTER HAVEN
Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 51 to 74 F
Apr Temp 60 to 84 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 66 to 85 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Station LAKE ALFRED EXP STN
Distance 5.5 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 84 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 63 to 86 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Station MOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance 10.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Winter Haven, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Eloise (33880)

Florence Villa (33881, 33885)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburndale 14,281 $49,669
Dundee 3,908 $38,536
Eagle Lake 2,486 $52,000
Haines City 21,624 $35,231
Lake Alfred 5,213 $39,938
Lake Hamilton 1,080 $58,889

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

Winter Haven Hospitals

WINTER HAVEN HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
200 AVENUE F NE
(863) 293-1121
Emergency Service: Yes

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Winter Haven High Schools

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WINTER HAVEN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
600 6TH STREET SE
863-291-5330
Serves 1,780 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

RIDGE TEEN PARENT PROGRAM
7700 STE HIGHWAY 544
863-299-3119
A Non-traditional School
Serves 151 students.

RIDGE TECHNICAL CENTER
7700 STE HIGHWAY 544
863-299-2512
A Vocational School
Serves 125 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.4

S.T.A.R. CHARTER SCHOOL
225 AVENUE B NW
863-299-0063
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 108 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.6

WINTER HAVEN B.E.S.T. PROGRAM
2500 HAVENDALE BOULEVARD
863-965-5586
A Non-traditional School
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.3

MARK WILCOX CENTER
611 POST AVENUE SW
863-291-5355
A Non-traditional School
Serves 34 students.

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