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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population36,669
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens24.6%
Employed Population 16+13,474
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married42.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.9%
Median Earnings25+$30,310
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,286
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,372

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,158
% Above Poverty Level81.3%
% Below Poverty Level18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone32.4%
Median Gross Rent$864
Median House Value$99,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.1%
English7.8%
Irish7.3%
West Indian3.9%
Haitian2.5%
Italian2.4%
French Except Basque2%
Polish1.8%
Scottish1.3%
Swedish0.7%
Jamaican0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Arab0.4%
Greek0.3%
African0.3%
Finnish0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
German0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Winter Haven Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes33881, 33880, 33884
P.O. Box Zip Codes33882, 33883, 33885
Company Zip Codes33888
Phone Area Codes239,863
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude28.04
Approximate Longitude-81.72

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)

StationWINTER HAVEN
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp51 to 74 F
Apr Temp60 to 84 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp66 to 85 F
Annual Precip50.2 inches
StationLAKE ALFRED EXP STN
Distance5.5 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
StationMOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance10.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Auburndale14,638$51,236
Dundee3,986$41,141
Eagle Lake2,411$54,271
Haines City22,138$33,963
Lake Alfred5,353$42,311
Lake Hamilton1,205$51,964

Winter Haven Hospitals

Regency Center For Women & Infants
(Non-profit)
101 Ave O Se
(863) 294-7010
Winter Haven Hospital
(Non-profit)
200 Ave F Ne
(863) 293-1121

Winter Haven Public Schools

Denison Middle School
400 Avenue A Se
ZIP: 33880
(863) 291-5353
Middle
Total Enrollment 842
Frank E. Brigham Academy
601 Avenue C Se
ZIP: 33880
(863) 291-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 527
Inwood Elementary School
2200 Avenue G Nw
ZIP: 33880
(863) 291-5369
Primary
Total Enrollment 412
Lake Shipp Elementary School
250 Camellia Dr
ZIP: 33880
(863) 291-5384
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Wahneta Elementary School
205 4th St E
ZIP: 33880
(863) 291-5392
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Winter Haven Pace
1201 1st St S
ZIP: 33880
(863) 534-0966
Other
Total Enrollment 5
Winter Haven Senior High School
600 6th St Se
ZIP: 33880
(863) 291-5330
High
Total Enrollment 1953
Winter Haven Step Up Academy
600 6th St Se
ZIP: 33880
(863) 291-5330
Chain Of Lakes Collegiate High
999 Avenue H Ne
ZIP: 33881
(863) 298-6800
High
Total Enrollment 291
Elbert Elementary School
205 15th St Ne
ZIP: 33881
(863) 291-5364
Primary
Total Enrollment 638
Fred G. Garner Elementary School
2500 Havendale Blvd Nw
ZIP: 33881
(863) 965-5455
Primary
Total Enrollment 646
Hartridge Academy
1400 Us Highway 92 W
ZIP: 33881
(863) 956-4434
Primary
Total Enrollment 237
Jewett Middle Academy Magnet
601 Avenue T Ne
ZIP: 33881
(863) 291-5320
Middle
Total Enrollment 606
Jewett School Of The Arts
2250 8th St Ne
ZIP: 33881
(863) 291-5373
Primary
Total Enrollment 738
New Beginnings High School
3425 Lake Alfred Rd
ZIP: 33881
(863) 298-5666
High
Total Enrollment 382
Polk State College Collegiate High School
3425 Winter Lk Rd Lac1200
ZIP: 33881
(863) 669-2322
High
Total Enrollment 281
Ridge Career Center
7700 Lucerne Park Rd
ZIP: 33881
(863) 419-3060
High
Total Enrollment 123
Ridge Teen Parent Program
7700 Lucerne Park Rd
ZIP: 33881
(863) 299-2512
Other
Total Enrollment 71
Westwood Middle School
3520 Avenue J Nw
ZIP: 33881
(863) 965-5484
Middle
Total Enrollment 821
Winter Haven Head Start
135 Avenue Y Ne
ZIP: 33881
(863) 298-5631
Primary
Total Enrollment 35
Chain Of Lakes Elementary School
7001 County Road 653
ZIP: 33884
(863) 326-5388
Primary
Total Enrollment 1077
Garden Grove Elementary School
4599 Cypress Gardens Rd
ZIP: 33884
(863) 291-5396
Primary
Total Enrollment 562

Winter Haven Private Schools

All Saints Academy
5001 State Road 540 W
ZIP: 33880
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 565
Grace Lutheran School
320 Bates Ave Se
ZIP: 33880
Elementary
Total Enrollment 234
Heritage Christian Academy
244 Avenue D Sw
ZIP: 33880
Elementary
Total Enrollment 56
Lakeside Private School
825 Sun Ridge Village Dr
ZIP: 33880
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Oasis Christian Academy
2105 King Rd Sw
ZIP: 33880
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 184
Winter Haven Adventist Academy
401 Avenue K Se
ZIP: 33880
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Bethel Christian Academy
515 Ave I Ne
ZIP: 33881
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Beymer United Methodist Preschool & Kindergarten
700 N Lake Howard Dr
ZIP: 33881
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Immanuel Lutheran Church & School
1449 34th St Nw
ZIP: 33881
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Spirit Christian Academy
1154 Havendale Blvd Nw
ZIP: 33881
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 52
St Joseph Catholic School
535 Avenue M Nw
ZIP: 33881
Elementary
Total Enrollment 333
Winter Haven Christian School
1700 Buckeye Loop Rd
ZIP: 33881
Elementary
Total Enrollment 194
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