Lake Wales, Florida Population 2020

17,281
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Lake Wales is a city located in Florida. With a 2020 population of 17,281, it is the 128th largest city in Florida and the 2081st largest city in the United States. Lake Wales is currently growing at a rate of 2.08% annually and its population has increased by 21.48% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,225 in 2010. Spanning over 20 miles, Lake Wales has a population density of 917 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lake Wales is $51,708 with a poverty rate of 21.08%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $803 per month, and the median house value is $146,800. The median age in Lake Wales is 38.7 years, 37.3 years for males, and 41 years for females. For every 100 females there are 88.9 males.

Lake Wales Demographics

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

  • White: 69.92%
  • Black or African American: 23.98%
  • Two or more races: 4.53%
  • Other race: 1.28%
  • Asian: 0.24%
  • Native American: 0.04%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Lake Wales, Florida is 17,281, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 16,577.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 14,225.

Lake Wales, Florida Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White11,00269.92%
Black or African American3,77323.98%
Two or More Races7134.53%
Some Other Race2021.28%
Asian380.24%
American Indian and Alaska Native70.04%
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Lake Wales Population Pyramid 2020

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Lake Wales Median Age

38.7


Total

37.3


Male

41


Female

Lake Wales Adults

There are 11,747 adults, (3,606 of whom are seniors) in Lake Wales.

Lake Wales Age Dependency

93.3

Age Dependency Ratio

44.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49

Child Dependency Ratio

Lake Wales Sex Ratio

Female

8,330

52.94%

Male

7,405

47.06%

Lake Wales Households and Families

Lake Wales Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lake Wales Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.3%24.7%
All55.2%44.8%
Non Family43%57%
Female33.5%66.5%
Male21.9%78.1%

55.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All5,8182.6355.2
Married2,6063.2375.3
Non Family2,1181.2143
Female8523.9233.5
Male2424.0921.9

3.35

Average Family Size

2.63

Average Household Size

7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Lake Wales Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7266.83%
9th to 12th Grade1,27111.95%
High School Graduate3,34231.43%
Some College2,24821.14%
Associates Degree1,06410.01%
Bachelors Degree1,36312.82%
Graduate Degree6195.82%
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Lake Wales Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White6,7095,8701,469
Black2,2201,755352
Hispanic1,596903126
Multiple Races21111913
Other Race1287427
Asian38388
Native American77

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 21.90%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,486$32,335$23,737
Less Than High School$21,760$22,905$16,985
High School Grad$21,208$32,067$14,762
Some College$31,632$34,801$24,922
Bachelors Degree$43,576$58,387$43,207
Graduate Degree$47,639$58,036$47,391

$26,486

Average Earnings

$32,335

Average Male

$23,737

Average Female

Lake Wales Language

Lake Wales Language by Age

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Lake Wales Language

85.20% of Lake Wales residents speak only English, while 14.80% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.95% of the population.

Lake Wales Poverty

Lake Wales Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White8,6661,24214.33%
Black3,7481,22632.71%
Hispanic2,51262524.88%
Multiple71323633.10%
Other2028240.59%
Asian383078.95%

21.08%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.99%

Male Poverty Rate

21.15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lake Wales

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lake Wales is Asian, with 78.95% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lake Wales is White, with 14.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.11%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.84%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.82%
High School26.26%
Some College9.35%
Bachelors or Greater3.48%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed59.62%
Female Unemployed52.31%
Female Employed12.52%
Male Employed8.58%

Lake Wales Income

Lake Wales Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,044$51,708
Families$52,151$61,582
Married Families$66,444-
Non Families$28,525$32,257
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Lake Wales Marital Status

Lake Wales Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.7%

Male Marriage Rate

41.7%

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 Veterans

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1,499

Number of Veterans

1,379

Male Veterans

120

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam723
First Gulf War220
Second Gulf War130
Korea121
World War II58
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Age Group Veterans
75+516
65 to 74502
55 to 64249
35 to 54195
18 to 3437
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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,21013.94%
Black2559.72%
Hispanic904.84%
Other2116.41%
2 or More134.81%

Lake Wales Veterans by Education

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5.10%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.30%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lake Wales Employment Status

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56.6%

Labor Force Participation

50.1%

Employment Rate

11.4%

Unemployment Rate

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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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43.07%

Born in Florida

92.25%

Native Born

7.75%

Foreign Born

4.23%

Non Citizen

3.52%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.25% of Lake Wales residents were born in the United States, with 43.07% having been born in Florida. 4.23% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202017,2813522.08%
201916,9293522.12%
201816,5775453.40%
201716,0323522.24%
201615,6803262.12%
201515,3543512.34%
201415,0032481.68%
201314,7551380.94%
201214,6172771.93%
201114,3401390.98%
201014,2014,0073.37%
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%