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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.

People

Total Population 18,094
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 6,997
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,290
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.6%
Median Gross Rent $785
Median House Value $94,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.5%
US/American 0%
English 10.2%
Irish 6.9%

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

Bartow Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SE of Lakeland, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Polk
Metro Area Lakeland - Winter Haven
Standard Zip Codes 33830
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33831
Phone Area Codes 863
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 27.896
Longitude -81.843

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)

Station BARTOW
Distance 0.5 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
Station MOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance 15.1 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 27.9 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
Auburndale 14,281 $49,669
Eagle Lake 2,486 $52,000
Fort Meade 5,824 $51,292
Lakeland 101,302 $47,929
Mulberry 3,900 $44,163
Winter Haven 35,835 $48,556

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

Bartow Public Libraries

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

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Bartow Hospitals

BARTOW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2200 OSPREY BLVD
(863) 533-8111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bartow High Schools

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BARTOW SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1270 S BROADWAY AVENUE
863-534-7400
Serves 1,184 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE
P. O. BOX 391
863-534-0521
Serves 323 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

GAUSE ACADEMY OF LEADERSHIP
1395 W POLK STREET
863-534-7425
A Non-traditional School
Serves 299 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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1270 S BROADWAY AVENUE
863-534-7400
Serves 248 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

POLK REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER
2155 BOB PHILLIPS ROAD
863-519-3611
A Non-traditional School
Serves 115 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

POLK BOOT CAMP/TRANSITION PATH
2390 BOB PHILLIPS ROAD
863-534-0263
A Non-traditional School
Serves 88 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

POLK LIFE AND LEARNING CENTER
1310 S FLORAL AVENUE
863-534-7440
A Special Education School
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.2

POLK ACHIEVEMENT CENTER
2155 BOB PHILLIPS ROAD
863-519-3611
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

CENTRAL FLORIDA MARINE INSTITUTE
103 BARTOW MUNICIPAL
863-519-0111
A Non-traditional School
Serves 40 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

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