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Overview

Introduction to Lake Wales, Florida

Lake Wales, Florida, in Polk county, is 24 miles E of Lakeland, Florida (center to center) and 53 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Lakeland-Winter Haven metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Lake Wales History

Sidney Irving Wailes surveyed this area in 1879. He changed the name of the Watts Lake to Lake Wailes. The city itself was founded near this lake in 1911-12. The Lake Wales Land Company planned it. A railroad was built by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1925. It joined the cities of Haines and Everglades, and a depot was established at Lake Wales.

Lake Wales and Nearby Attractions

  • Lake Wales Public Library.
  • Lake Wales Arts Center.
  • Depot Museum.
  • Historic Bok Sanctuary.
  • Florida Skydiving Center.
  • Lake Wales Little Theater.

Things To Do In Lake Wales

Lake Wales is located in the rolling hills of Polk County. It has numerous antique shops and art galleries. People who like hiking and biking would love the excellent 2.25 mile long path that runs beside the shores of Lake Wales. The city also has a huge area dedicated to athletic fields and public parks. The popular activities include boating, fishing, camping, picnicking and bird watching.

Lake Wales Transportation

The city has Lake Wales Municipal Airport to provide air service. Tampa International Airport provides access to national and international flights.

Lake Wales Higher Education

Warner Southern College serves the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,206
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens23.2%
Employed Population 16+5,006
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married47.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.1%
Median Earnings25+$24,267
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,301
Median Earnings With High School Degree$18,759

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,809
% Above Poverty Level76%
% Below Poverty Level24%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone34.5%
Median Gross Rent$752
Median House Value$108,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)37.9%
Irish10.3%
English9.2%
West Indian5.6%
Jamaican3.8%
Italian3.3%
Polish2.2%
Scottish1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Welsh1%
Canadian0.9%
French Except Basque0.8%
Haitian0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Bahamian0.6%
Czech0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
African0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
German0.1%
Finnish0.1%
US/American0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Greek0.1%
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Lake Wales Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes33853, 33859, 33898, 33867
P.O. Box Zip Codes33854, 33856, 33855
Phone Area Codes863
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude27.9
Approximate Longitude-81.58

Lake Wales Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance2.4 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
StationLAKE ALFRED EXP STN
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp47 to 72 F
Apr Temp58 to 84 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp63 to 86 F
Annual Precip50.2 inches
StationBARTOW
Distance16.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dundee3,986$41,141
Eagle Lake2,411$54,271
Frostproof3,100$45,685
Highland Park235$77,813
Lake Hamilton1,205$51,964
Winter Haven36,669$50,158

Lake Wales Hospitals

Lake Wales Medical Center
(Proprietary)
410 S 11th St
(863) 676-1433

Lake Wales Public Schools

Hillcrest Elementary School
1051 State Road 60 E
ZIP: 33853
(863) 678-4216
Primary
Total Enrollment 678
Janie Howard Wilson School
306 Florida Ave
ZIP: 33853
(863) 678-4211
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Lake Wales Senior High School
1 Highlander Way
ZIP: 33853
(863) 678-4222
High
Total Enrollment 1439
Mclaughlin Middle School And Fine Arts Academy
800 4th St S
ZIP: 33853
(863) 678-4233
Middle
Total Enrollment 794
Our Children's Academy
555 Burns Ave
ZIP: 33853
(863) 679-3338
Primary
Total Enrollment 210
Our Childrens Middle Academy
16 3rd St N
ZIP: 33853
(863) 679-7500
Polk Avenue Elementary School
110 Polk Ave E
ZIP: 33853
(863) 678-4244
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Roosevelt Academy
115 E St
ZIP: 33853
(863) 678-4252
Other
Total Enrollment 290
Spook Hill Elementary School
321 Dr Ja Wiltshire Ave E
ZIP: 33853
(863) 678-4262
Primary
Total Enrollment 629
Bok Academy
13895 Hwy 27
ZIP: 33859
(863) 638-1010
Middle
Total Enrollment 590

Lake Wales Private Schools

Candlelight Christian Academy
209 E Sessoms Ave
ZIP: 33853
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 115
Endtime Christian School Of Excellence
200 S 3rd St
ZIP: 33853
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 15
The Vanguard School
22000 Hwy 27
ZIP: 33859
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 100
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