Lake Wales, Florida Population 2024

16,956

Lake Wales is a city located in Polk County Florida. Lake Wales has a 2024 population of 16,956. Lake Wales is currently growing at a rate of 0.54% annually and its population has increased by 2.35% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 16,567 in 2020.

The average household income in Lake Wales is $62,927 with a poverty rate of 20.32%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Lake Wales is 43.1 years, 37.9 years for males, and 49.2 years for females.

Lake Wales Demographics

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

  • White: 58.83%
  • Black or African American: 19.6%
  • Two or more races: 13.22%
  • Other race: 7.74%
  • Native American: 0.46%
  • Asian: 0.09%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
State
Florida
Land Area (mi²)
18.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
899.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
2.35% (389)
The current population of Lake Wales, Florida is 16,956 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 16,567.

Lake Wales, Florida Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White9,68158.83%
Black or African American3,22619.6%
Two or more races2,17613.22%
Other race1,2737.74%
Native American760.46%
Asian140.09%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander90.05%
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Lake Wales Population by Race

Lake Wales Population Pyramid 2024

Lake Wales Median Age

43.1

Total

37.9

Male

49.2

Female

Lake Wales Adults

There are 13,110 adults, (4,330 of whom are seniors) in Lake Wales.

Lake Wales Age Dependency

87.4

Age Dependency Ratio

49.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Lake Wales Sex Ratio

Female8,53351.86%
Male7,92248.14%

Lake Wales Population by Age

Lake Wales Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All6,7342.3859.840.2
Married3,0812.974.725.3
Non Family2,5581.2448.751.3
Female1,0133.5342.957.1
Male824.2847.652.4
showing: 5 rows

2.98

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

59.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Lake Wales Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Lake Wales Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lake Wales Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

Lake Wales Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$35,231

Average Earnings

$38,112

Average Male

$32,833

Average Female

Lake Wales Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lake Wales Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Lake Wales Language

77.48% of Lake Wales residents speak only English, while 22.52% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 20.94% of the population.

Lake Wales Language

Lake Wales Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black3,1881,27339.93%
Hispanic4,4921,00322.33%
White7,90195912.14%
Multiple2,17628413.05%
Other1,27319415.24%
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20.32%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.69%

Male Poverty Rate

20.92%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lake Wales

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lake Wales is Black, with 39.93% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lake Wales is White, with 12.14% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.3%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.33%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.62%.

Lake Wales Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.19%
Some College18.78%
High School16.34%
Bachelors or Greater9.3%
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Lake Wales Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed36.52%
Male Unemployed15.34%
Male Employed12.87%
Female Employed8.82%
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Lake Wales Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lake Wales Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Lake Wales Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.5%

Male Marriage Rate

44.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Lake Wales Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Lake Wales Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Lake Wales Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Lake Wales Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,359

Number of Veterans

1,293

Male Veterans

66

Female Veterans

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Lake Wales Veterans by War

count

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Lake Wales Veterans by Age

count

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Lake Wales Veterans by Race

Lake Wales Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.67%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.65%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lake Wales Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

48%

Labor Force Participation

45.3%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Lake Wales Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Lake Wales Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Lake Wales Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

38.97%

Born in Lake Wales

89.78%

Native Born

10.22%

Foreign Born

5.89%

Non Citizen

4.32%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.78% of Lake Wales residents were born in the United States, with 38.97% having been born in Florida. 5.89% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202917,411910.53%
202817,320910.53%
202717,229910.53%
202617,138910.53%
202517,047910.54%
202416,956910.54%
202316,865910.54%
202216,774910.55%
202116,6831160.7%
202016,567-199-1.19%
201916,7662661.61%
201816,5005163.23%
201715,9843502.24%
201615,6343202.09%
201515,3143482.33%
201414,9662461.67%
201314,7201350.93%
201214,5852761.93%
201114,3091400.99%
201014,1693,97538.99%
200010,1945245.42%
19909,6701,20414.22%
19808,4662262.74%
19708,240-106-1.27%
19608,3461,52522.36%
19506,8211,79735.77%
19405,0241,62347.72%
19303,401
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Lake Wales Population by Year