Lake Wales, Florida Population 2022

16,789
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Lake Wales is a city located in Polk County Florida. With a 2020 population of 16,789, it is the 230th largest city in Florida and the 2687th largest city in the United States. Lake Wales is currently growing at a rate of 1.29% annually and its population has increased by 2.62% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 16,361 in 2020. Spanning over 20 miles, Lake Wales has a population density of 891 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lake Wales is $54,701 with a poverty rate of 15.50%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $883 per month, and the median house value is $180,700. 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: 62.61%
  • Black or African American: 23.39%
  • Two or more races: 8.68%
  • Other race: 4.87%
  • Asian: 0.27%
  • Native American: 0.13%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Lake Wales, Florida is 16,789 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 16,361.

Lake Wales, Florida Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White10,34062.61%
Black or African American3,86323.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native210.13%
Asian450.27%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander70.04%
Some Other Race8054.87%
Two or More Races1,4348.68%
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Lake Wales Population by Race

Lake Wales Population Pyramid 2022

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Lake Wales Median Age

38.9


Total

38


Male

44.1


Female

Lake Wales Adults

There are 12,751 adults, (3,968 of whom are seniors) in Lake Wales.

Lake Wales Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

45.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Lake Wales Sex Ratio

Female

8,950

54.19%

Male

7,565

45.81%

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
Married70.7%29.3%
All54.7%45.3%
Male46.7%53.3%
Female44.9%55.1%
Non Family41.1%58.9%

54.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lake Wales Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,3632.5354.7
Married2,7542.9870.7
Male1694.446.7
Female1,092444.9
Non Family2,3481.1841.1

3.2

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

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Lake Wales Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7686.60%
9th to 12th Grade1,0779.26%
High School Graduate3,57830.76%
Some College3,11326.76%
Associates Degree9558.21%
Bachelors Degree1,37411.81%
Graduate Degree7686.60%
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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
Islander777
White6,7105,7771,538
Asian454510
2+ Races704633112
Black2,3872,043353
Hispanic2,4111,843199
Other Race51232936
Native American218

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$33,056$36,196$27,598
Less Than 9th Grade$22,273$23,010$21,455
High School Graduate$31,803$40,263$23,223
Some College$34,990$40,568$26,505
Bachelors Degree$45,666$32,679$47,273
Graduate Degree$49,135$$50,875

$33,056

Average Earnings

$36,196

Average Male

$27,598

Average Female

Lake Wales Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lake Wales Language by Age

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Lake Wales Language

80.07% of Lake Wales residents speak only English, while 19.93% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 18.20% of the population.

Lake Wales Language

Lake Wales Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian453577.78%
Hispanic3,89892723.78%
Black3,80287723.07%
Multiple1,43423816.60%
White8,1417028.62%
Other49NaN%

15.50%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.21%

Male Poverty Rate

15.75%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lake Wales

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lake Wales is Asian, with 77.78% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.91%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.38%.

Lake Wales Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade28.64%
High School18.56%
Some College10.81%
Bachelors or Greater8.34%

Lake Wales Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.34%
Male Unemployed69.33%
Female Employed8.92%
Female Unemployed28.57%

Lake Wales Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lake Wales Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,145$57,812
Families$62,017$70,764
Married Families$67,629-
Non Families$27,745$31,727
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Income by Household Type

Lake Wales Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.7%

Male Marriage Rate

39.6%

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 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is Over 65.

Lake Wales Marital Status by Race

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Lake Wales Marital Status

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1,612

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War87
First Gulf War202
Vietnam913
Korea137
World War II81

Lake Wales Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 3416
35 to 54146
55 to 64327
65 to 74654
75+469

Lake Wales Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,33415.58%
Black1896.75%
Other Race488.70%
2+ Races415.34%
Hispanic953.51%

Lake Wales Veterans by Race

Lake Wales Veterans by Education

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4.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lake Wales Veterans by Education

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52.2%

Labor Force Participation

49.4%

Employment Rate

5.2%

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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39.20%

Born in Lake Wales

91.80%

Native Born

8.20%

Foreign Born

4.55%

Non Citizen

3.65%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.80% of Lake Wales residents were born in the United States, with 39.20% having been born in Florida. 4.55% 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
19303,4010.00%
19405,0241,6233.98%
19506,8211,7973.11%
19608,3461,5252.04%
19708,240-106-0.13%
19808,4662260.27%
19909,6701,2041.34%
200010,1945240.53%
201014,2254,0313.39%
201114,4392141.50%
201214,6532141.48%
201314,8672141.46%
201415,0812141.44%
201515,2952141.42%
201615,5092141.40%
201715,7232141.38%
201815,9372141.36%
201916,1512141.34%
202016,3612101.30%
202116,5752141.31%
202216,7892141.29%

Lake Wales Population by Year