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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,938
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens18.8%
Employed Population 16+2,113
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married51.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.3%
Median Earnings25+$30,330
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,470
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,250

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,171
% Above Poverty Level81.2%
% Below Poverty Level18.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone25.1%
Median Gross Rent$716
Median House Value$63,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)47.4%
English9.7%
Irish4.8%
German4.6%
West Indian1.8%
French Except Basque1.8%
Italian1.2%
Haitian1%
Swiss0.9%
Jamaican0.8%
Canadian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Polish0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Lithuanian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
African0.1%
Swedish0.1%
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Fort Meade Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes33841
Phone Area Codes863
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude27.75
Approximate Longitude-81.79

Fort Meade 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
Distance10.7 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
Distance17.6 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
Distance19.5 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
Bartow18,705$57,682
Bowling Green2,885$39,152
Eagle Lake2,453$56,806
Highland Park203$66,875
Mulberry3,993$47,316
Wauchula4,875$51,460

Fort Meade Public Schools

Fort Meade Middle/senior High School
700 Edgewood Dr N
ZIP: 33841
(863) 285-1180
Other
Total Enrollment 737
Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary School
610 Charleston Ave S
ZIP: 33841
(863) 285-1133
Primary
Total Enrollment 667

Fort Meade Private Schools

Ft Meade Academy
211 Ne 8th St
ZIP: 33841
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
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