Lake Wales, Florida Population 2022

17,578
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Lake Wales is a city located in Polk County Florida. Lake Wales has a 2020 population of 17,578. Lake Wales is currently growing at a rate of 1.58% annually and its population has increased by 24.07% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,168 in 2010.

The average household income in Lake Wales is $54,701 with a poverty rate of 18.11%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $821 per month, and the median house value is $167,400. The median age in Lake Wales is 40.3 years, 38.9 years for males, and 41.8 years for females.

Lake Wales Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lake Waleswas:

  • White: 68.74%
  • Black or African American: 26.04%
  • Two or more races: 3.41%
  • Other race: 1.37%
  • Asian: 0.26%
  • Native American: 0.12%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Lake Wales, Florida is 17,578 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 17,578.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 14,168.

Lake Wales, Florida Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White11,02268.74%
Black or African American4,17626.04%
Two or More Races5473.41%
Some Other Race2201.37%
Asian410.26%
American Indian and Alaska Native200.12%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander90.06%
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Lake Wales Population by Race

Lake Wales Population Pyramid $2022

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Lake Wales Median Age

40.3


Total

38.9


Male

41.8


Female

Lake Wales Adults

There are 12,251 adults, (3,666 of whom are seniors) in Lake Wales.

Lake Wales Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

42.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Lake Wales Sex Ratio

Female

8,802

54.89%

Male

7,233

45.11%

Lake Wales Population by Age

Lake Wales Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lake Wales Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male25%75%
Female36.2%63.8%
Non Family42%58%
All53.8%46.2%
Married73.2%26.8%

53.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lake Wales Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All5,9172.6453.8
Married2,5313.2773.2
Non Family2,2331.1842
Female9733.9836.2
Male1804.5425

3.41

Average Family Size

2.64

Average Household Size

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Lake Wales Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8407.70%
9th to 12th Grade1,18110.82%
High School Graduate3,36730.84%
Some College2,20520.20%
Associates Degree9839.01%
Bachelors Degree1,60114.67%
Graduate Degree7396.77%
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Lake Wales Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lake Wales Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White6,3615,4631,583
Black2,4291,992487
Hispanic1,9741,288179
2+ Races20412017
Other Race17914675
Asian41417
Native American207
Islander999

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Lake Wales Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,540$33,857$25,553
Less Than 9th Grade$21,834$22,908$21,003
High School Graduate$24,853$33,619$22,738
Some College$32,838$38,099$25,028
Bachelors Degree$45,510$38,321$45,980
Graduate Degree$45,395$$42,300

$28,540

Average Earnings

$33,857

Average Male

$25,553

Average Female

Lake Wales Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lake Wales Language by Age

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Lake Wales Language

82.24% of Lake Wales residents speak only English, while 17.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.76% of the population.

Lake Wales Language

Lake Wales Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black4,1261,18228.65%
White8,26999612.04%
Hispanic2,96960720.44%
Multiple54712021.94%
Asian413482.93%
Other28NaN%

18.11%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.18%

Male Poverty Rate

18.06%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lake Wales

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lake Wales is Asian, with 82.93% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lake Wales is Hispanic, with 20.44% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.84%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.12%.

Lake Wales Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.21%
High School23.60%
Some College7.63%
Bachelors or Greater6.71%

Lake Wales Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed62.94%
Female Unemployed29.76%
Female Employed10.23%
Male Employed7.40%

Lake Wales Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lake Wales Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$44,186$54,701
Families$58,299$67,330
Married Families$70,554-
Non Families$27,904$32,118
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Income by Household Type

Lake Wales Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.6%

Male Marriage Rate

37.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Lake Wales Married by Age and Sex

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Lake Wales 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.

Lake Wales Marital Status by Race

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Lake Wales Marital Status

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1,591

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam779
First Gulf War226
Korea163
Second Gulf War106
World War II60

Lake Wales Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+552
65 to 74494
55 to 64354
35 to 54174
18 to 3417

Lake Wales Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,25514.34%
Black2478.35%
Hispanic954.16%
Other Race7240.22%
2+ Races175.88%

Lake Wales Veterans by Race

Lake Wales Veterans by Education

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4.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.11%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lake Wales Veterans by Education

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55.6%

Labor Force Participation

51.3%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Lake Wales Employment by Age

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Lake Wales Employment by Race

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Lake Wales Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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40.77%

Born in Lake Wales

91.94%

Native Born

8.06%

Foreign Born

4.02%

Non Citizen

4.04%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.94% of Lake Wales residents were born in the United States, with 40.77% having been born in Florida. 4.02% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Lake Wales Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202217,5782731.58%
202117,3052731.60%
202017,0322731.63%
201916,7592731.66%
201816,4865153.22%
201715,9713482.23%
201615,6233182.08%
201515,3053462.31%
201414,9592441.66%
201314,7151330.91%
201214,5822741.92%
201114,3081400.99%
201014,1683,9743.35%
200010,1945240.53%
19909,6701,2041.34%
19808,4662260.27%
19708,240-106-0.13%
19608,3461,5252.04%
19506,8211,7973.11%
19405,0241,6233.98%
19303,4010.00%

Lake Wales Population by Year