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Overview

Introduction to Bartow, Florida

Bartow, Florida, in Polk county, is 12 miles SE of Lakeland, Florida (center to center) and 37 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is located in the Lakeland-Winter Haven metropolitan area.

Bartow History

The city was named after General Francis S. Bartow, the first Confederate officer to become a martyr in the American Civil War. It had its first settlers in 1850. They settled near the headwaters of the Peace River and built Fort Blount. Later, in 1861, a government was established at Polk County. After the American Civil War ended, it was decided that the county seat should be named after Francis Bartow.

Bartow and Nearby Attractions

  • The Wonder House.
  • Homeland Heritage Park.
  • Conant House.
  • First Methodist Church.
  • South Florida Military Academy.
  • Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine and Tractor Club Inc.
  • Cypress Gardens Adventure Park.

Bartow Activities

Bartow has a rich history which has been well preserved by its inhabitants. One can relive its history by visiting the various museums and historically significant homes. Apart from that, there are a number of events and activities organized on a regular basis -like the Fourth of July Celebrations, Winter Craft Fair, Antique Fair and Flea Market, Bloomin Arts Festival, Bartow Youth Villa Classic Golf Tournament and the Light Up Bartow Christmas Parade & Promenade.

Bartow Transportation

Tampa International Airport provides access to air travel.

Bartow Higher Education

The city is served by the Polk Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,501
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+7,434
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married44.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.6%
Median Earnings25+$30,934
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,676
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,494

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,835
% Above Poverty Level79.3%
% Below Poverty Level20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone26.5%
Median Gross Rent$821
Median House Value$96,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45.8%
English9.9%
German8.8%
Irish6.4%
Scottish2.1%
Polish1.8%
Italian1.5%
Greek1.4%
French Except Basque1.4%
West Indian1.3%
Haitian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Russian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Trinidad Tobago0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Swedish0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Belizean0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
US/American0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Croatian0.1%
African0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Bartow Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes33830
P.O. Box Zip Codes33831
Phone Area Codes863
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude27.89
Approximate Longitude-81.84

Bartow Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBARTOW
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp52 to 74 F
Apr Temp61 to 84 F
Jul Temp73 to 92 F
Oct Temp66 to 85 F
Annual Precip50.5 inches
StationMOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance15.1 miles
Jan Temp49 to 72 F
Apr Temp58 to 83 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp64 to 84 F
Annual Precip47.7 inches
StationAVON PARK 2 W
Distance27.9 miles
Jan Temp48 to 73 F
Apr Temp59 to 83 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp64 to 84 F
Annual Precip49 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Auburndale14,638$51,236
Eagle Lake2,411$54,271
Fort Meade5,883$52,004
Lakeland102,714$50,686
Mulberry3,925$46,056
Winter Haven36,669$50,158

Bartow Public Libraries

Polk County Library Cooperative
2150 S. BROADWAY AVE.
Bartow, Florida
(863) 519-7958

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Bartow Hospitals

Bartow Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
2200 Osprey Blvd
(863) 533-8111

Bartow Public Schools

Bartow Elementary Academy
590 Wilson Ave S
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7410
Primary
Total Enrollment 464
Bartow Middle School
550 Clower St E
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7415
Middle
Total Enrollment 826
Bartow Senior High School
1270 Broadway Ave S
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7400
High
Total Enrollment 2039
Bartow Youth Academy
2415 Bob Phillips Rd
ZIP: 33830
(863) 499-2954
Other
Total Enrollment 22
Compass Middle Charter School
550 Clower St E
ZIP: 33830
(863) 519-8701
Middle
Total Enrollment 181
Floral Avenue Elementary School
1530 Floral Ave S
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7420
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
Future School
1915 S Floral Ave
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-0521
Gause Academy Of Leadership
1395 Polk St W
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7425
Other
Total Enrollment 240
Gibbons Street Elementary School
1860 Gibbons St E
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7430
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Hospital Homebound
1909 Floral Ave S
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-0930
Other
Total Enrollment 77
James E. Stephens Elementary School
1350 Maple Ave N
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7455
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Jean O'dell Learning Center
1310 Floral Ave S
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7440
Other
Total Enrollment 77
Polk County Sheriff's Central Center
2390 Bob Phillips Rd
ZIP: 33830
(863) 519-3611
High
Total Enrollment 32
Polk County Sheriffs Regional Detention Center
2390 Bob Phillips Rd
ZIP: 33830
(863) 519-3820
Other
Total Enrollment 30
Polk Halfway House
2145 Bob Phillips Rd
ZIP: 33830
(863) 519-3611
Other
Total Enrollment 23
Sheriff's Youth Villa
3350 State Road 60 E
ZIP: 33830
(863) 533-0371
Other
Total Enrollment 7
Spessard L Holland Elementary
2342 Ef Griffin Rd
ZIP: 33830
(863) 648-3031
Primary
Total Enrollment 855
Transition School
1915 Floral Ave S
ZIP: 33830
(863) 519-8169
High
Total Enrollment 59
Union Academy
1795 Wabash St E
ZIP: 33830
(863) 534-7435
Middle
Total Enrollment 389

Bartow Private Schools

First Methodist School
455 S Broadway Ave
ZIP: 33830
Elementary
Total Enrollment 78
Word Of Life Christian School
1555 W Main St
ZIP: 33830
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 57
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