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

The community of Bartow is the Seat for Polk County.

Polk County was founded February 8, 1861. Polk was created by taking area from Brevard and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Polk had a population of 583,403 people. This is an increase of 20.56% since the last Census (which gave a population of 483,924 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Polk represented 3.03% of the total population of Florida, making it the state's 8th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010602,095+24.42%+3.2% since 2009
2009583,403+20.56%+0.54% since 2008
2008580,282+19.91%+1.19% since 2007
2000483,924The Last Census

More information can be found on the Polk County Census Page for Polk County.


Below are some of the communities located in Polk County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Polk County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Lakeland   93,73878,45219.48% increase  
Winter Haven   33,34526,48725.89% increase  
Haines City   18,92013,17443.62% increase  
Bartow   16,95915,34010.55% increase  
Lake Wales   14,24510,19439.74% increase  

Websites for Polk County

Official Website:   www.polk-county.net/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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