Polk County, Florida Population 2019

Polk County, Florida's estimated population is 685,830 with a growth rate of 2.94% 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
2018708,00922,1793.23%
2017685,83019,5942.94%
2016666,23617,4782.69%
2015648,75814,2382.24%
2014634,52011,8081.90%
2013622,7127,2261.17%
2012615,4865,5430.91%
2011609,9436,8151.13%
2010603,128197,74648.78%
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
White510,554
Black or African American99,355
Two or More Races16,142
Some Other Race12,945
Asian10,945
American Indian and Alaska Native2,037
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander278

Polk County, Florida Population Pyramid 2019

Polk County, Florida Median Age

40.4


Total

39.4


Male

41.5


Female

Polk County, Florida Adults

There are 504,936 adults, (128,991 of whom are seniors) in Polk County, Florida.

Polk County, Florida Age Dependency

73.5

Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Polk County, Florida Sex Ratio

Female

332,481

50.97%

Male

319,775

49.03%

Polk County, Florida Households and Families

Polk County, Florida Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Polk County, Florida Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married79.3%20.7%
All68.3%31.7%
Non Family61.9%38.1%
Male55.5%44.5%
Female46.7%53.3%

68.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All226,6042.8268.3
Married114,1673.2879.3
Non Family70,6641.3161.9
Female30,6844.1646.7
Male11,089455.5

3.4

Average Family Size

2.82

Average Household Size

6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Polk County, Florida Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade28,4336.34%
9th to 12th Grade42,0779.38%
High School Graduate159,14835.47%
Some College93,89920.93%
Associates Degree37,7188.41%
Bachelors Degree58,14712.96%
Graduate Degree29,2586.52%

Polk County, Florida Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White301,947267,62064,397
Hispanic74,58552,28810,153
Black59,79748,0508,419
Asian8,3936,8123,490
Other Race7,9694,968985
Multiple Races6,2165,2691,408
Native American1,6061,270206
Islander24321750

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 89.30%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 41.58%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,152$35,274$27,250
Less Than High School$21,096$24,563$16,767
High School Grad$26,689$31,154$22,297
Some College$31,389$36,244$27,445
Bachelors Degree$43,678$51,652$40,373
Graduate Degree$51,187$61,655$46,872

$31,152

Average Earnings

$35,274

Average Male

$27,250

Average Female

Polk County, Florida Language

Polk County, Florida Language by Age

Polk County, Florida Language

79.44% of Polk County, Florida residents speak only English, while 20.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.62% of the population.

Polk County, Florida Poverty

Polk County, Florida Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White389,62248,29612.40%
Hispanic132,61831,64823.86%
Black95,83727,41928.61%
Multiple15,9574,01025.13%
Other12,8263,23525.22%
Asian10,8621,10210.15%
Native1,97933516.93%
Islander2784415.83%

17.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.92%

Male Poverty Rate

18.63%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Polk County, Florida

The race most likely to be in poverty in Polk County, Florida is Black, with 28.61% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Polk County, Florida is Asian, with 10.15% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.54%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.68%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.69%
High School15.09%
Some College10.62%
Bachelors or Greater5.34%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.31%
Male Unemployed36.69%
Female Employed8.29%
Male Employed6.53%

Polk County, Florida Income

Polk County, Florida Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,988$60,529
Families$53,542$68,513
Married Families$63,581$79,002
Non Families$29,230$39,249

Polk County, Florida Marital Status

Polk County, Florida Marital Status

Marriage Rates

48.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.5%

Male Marriage Rate

46.1%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Polk County, Florida Marital Status by Race

Polk County, Florida Veterans

48,170

Number of Veterans

44,315

Male Veterans

3,855

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam18,993
First Gulf War7,858
Korea5,745
Second Gulf War5,159
World War II2,364
Age Group Veterans
65 to 7414,419
75+13,590
35 to 548,792
55 to 648,639
18 to 342,730

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White42,39410.46%
Black4,3146.07%
Hispanic3,3023.70%
2 or More5316.69%
Asian3824.19%
Other3163.38%
Indian18210.25%
Hawaiian5119.77%

Polk County, Florida Veterans by Education

8.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.67%

Veteran Disability Rate

Polk County, Florida Employment Status

54.7%

Labor Force Participation

50.5%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

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%
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