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Welcome to Bartow ...

The city of Bartow is located in Polk County<1> and is the County Seat for Polk County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Bartow, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1879.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bartow has a population of 20,145 people<2> (see below for details).

Bartow is 90 feet [27 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Bartow lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Bartow lies within the (863) area code.

The ZIP codes for Bartow: 33830-33831<4>

Websites for Bartow ...

Chamber of Commerce:

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Bartow, the following might be of interest:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bartow had an population of 20,145 people. This is an increase of 16.46% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 31.32% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bartow had a population of 17,298 people. This makes Bartow the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of Bartow represents 0.09% of the population of Florida (which has 18,801,310 people), making it the state's 115th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 17,298 people, the population of Bartow increased 12.76% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 15,340 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bartow.

Communities Also Named Bartow ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 4 communities that are also named Bartow - they are located in Georgia (2), New York and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bartow.

Communities near Bartow ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bartow.

  • Lakeland
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Winter Haven
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Plant City
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest)
  • Lake Wales
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the east)
  • Auburndale
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the north)
  • Lake Alfred
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Fort Meade
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
  • Dundee
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Mulberry
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
  • Eagle Lake
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bartow. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bartow.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bartow. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bartow.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bartow. Our list includes 10 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bartow.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bartow ...

Looking for more information about Bartow? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bartow, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bartow.

Adding Bartow to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Bartow in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Bartow was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Bartow post office opened in 1879.

We also found Bartow in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Bartow.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bartow. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Polk County:

The official website for State of Florida:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Florida's counties, including Polk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bartow.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bartow - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bartow). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bartow or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Bartow includes: 33830 & 33831.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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