Polk County, Florida Population 2018

Polk County, Florida's estimated population is 686,483 with a growth rate of 7.65% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Polk County, Florida is the 9th largest county in Florida.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017686,48348,7927.65%
2016637,691-29,327-4.40%
2016667,01817,3742.67%
2015649,64414,4922.28%
2014635,15212,1711.95%
2013622,9817,3421.19%
2012615,6395,7150.94%
2011609,9246,7891.13%
2010603,135197,75348.78%
1990405,38283,73026.03%
1980321,65294,43041.56%
1970227,22232,08316.44%
1960195,13971,14257.37%
1950123,99737,33243.08%
194086,66514,37419.88%
193072,29133,63086.99%
192038,66114,51360.10%
191024,14811,67693.62%
190012,4724,56757.77%
18907,9054,724148.51%
18803,181120.38%
18703,1690.00%

Polk County, Florida Population Growth

Population Data via

Population by Race

Race Population
White500,894
Black or African American96,445
Two or More Races16,208
Some Other Race11,232
Asian10,860
American Indian and Alaska Native1,767
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander285

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Polk County, Florida Population Pyramid 2018

0%1%2%3%4%5%6%7% Male Population0%1%2%3%4%5%6%7% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Polk County, Florida Median Age

40.4


Total

39.2


Male

41.7


Female

Polk County, Florida Adults

There are 492,935 adults, (124,350 of which are seniors) in Polk County, Florida.

Polk County, Florida Age Dependency

72.9

Age Dependency Ratio

33.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, Florida Sex Ratio

Female

325,264

51.01%

Male

312,427

48.99%

Polk County, Florida Households and Families

Polk County, Florida Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Polk County, Florida Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.5%20.5%
All68%32%
Non Family61.7%38.3%
Male52%48%
Female46.1%53.9%

68.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Polk County, Florida Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All223,0602.868
Married111,5533.2479.5
Non Family69,9561.3161.7
Female30,6534.1446.1
Male10,8984.0552

3.37

Average Family Size

2.8

Average Household Size

5.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Polk County, Florida Households

Polk County, Florida Education

Polk County, Florida Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade27,6926.33%
9th to 12th Grade42,3029.68%
High School Graduate157,01135.91%
Some College89,16920.39%
Associates Degree35,9658.23%
Bachelors Degree57,13113.07%
Graduate Degree27,9576.39%

Polk County, Florida Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White298,626263,44863,029
Hispanic68,98248,35010,114
Black57,43645,3357,560
Asian8,2946,8273,527
Other Race6,9704,387935
Multiple Races6,3995,5361,583
Native American1,3401,120220
Islander25420540

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 88.22%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 42.52%.

Polk County, Florida Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,555$34,052$26,812
Less Than High School$20,263$23,055$16,229
High School Grad$26,120$30,392$22,253
Some College$31,149$35,942$27,373
Bachelors Degree$42,138$51,000$39,239
Graduate Degree$50,991$62,444$45,364

$30,555

Average Earnings

$34,052

Average Male

$26,812

Average Female

Polk County, Florida Language

Polk County, Florida Language by Age

Polk County, Florida Language

80.09% of Polk County, Florida residents speak only English, while 19.91% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.05% of the population.

Polk County, Florida Poverty

Polk County, Florida Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White386,37548,87012.65%
Hispanic123,99730,36124.49%
Black92,72027,31629.46%
Multiple16,0014,49228.07%
Other11,1122,66223.96%
Asian10,7641,42613.25%
Native1,70736321.27%
Islander2856924.21%

17.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.40%

Male Poverty Rate

18.89%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Polk County, Florida

The race most likely to be in poverty in Polk County, Florida is Black, with 29.46% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Polk County, Florida is White, with 12.65% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.59%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.37%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.52%.

Polk County, Florida Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.03%
High School15.18%
Some College11.11%
Bachelors or Greater5.12%

Polk County, Florida Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.25%
Male Unemployed37.68%
Female Employed8.81%
Male Employed6.76%

Polk County, Florida Income

Polk County, Florida Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,146$57,857
Families$51,636$65,642
Married Families$60,908$75,835
Non Families$27,897$37,532

Polk County, Florida Marital Status

Polk County, Florida Marital Status

Marriage Rates

47.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.1%

Male Marriage Rate

45.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Polk County, Florida Married by Age and Sex

Polk County, Florida Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Polk County, Florida Marital Status by Race

Polk County, Florida Veterans

Polk County, Florida Veterans by War

49,342

Number of Veterans

45,654

Male Veterans

3,688

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam18,603
First Gulf War7,676
Korea6,529
Second Gulf War4,745
World War II3,138

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 7414,317
75+13,676
35 to 549,443
55 to 649,190
18 to 342,716

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White43,75111.02%
Black4,1456.05%
Hispanic3,1243.77%
2 or More6528.01%
Other3293.95%
Asian2923.25%
Indian15710.27%
Hawaiian165.90%

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Education

7.70%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.11%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, Florida Employment Status

Polk County, Florida Employment by Age

54.9%

Labor Force Participation

49.6%

Employment Rate

9.6%

Unemployment Rate

Polk County, Florida Employment by Race

Polk County, Florida Employment by Education

Population of Cities in Polk County, Florida

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Lakeland9740510642090159.26%
Winter Haven3387438953507914.99%
Haines City2057723454287713.98%
Bartow1729819499220112.72%
Lake Wales1420515860165511.65%
Auburndale1350215540203815.09%
Fort Meade564260353936.97%
Lake Alfred5015576675114.98%
Dundee3717420949213.24%
Mulberry382240312095.47%
Davenport28993982108337.36%
Frostproof299131791886.29%
Eagle Lake2255252026511.75%
Polk City1692197328116.61%
Lake Hamilton1231138215112.27%
Hillcrest Heights2542822811.02%
Highland Park2302552510.87%
Data Sources
  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990