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Welcome to Lake Wales ...

The city of Lake Wales is located in Polk County<1>.

A typical abbreviation for Lake Wales: Lk. Wales

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lake Wales has a population of 16,766 people<2> (see below for details).

Lake Wales is 120 feet [37 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Lake Wales is within the (863) area code.

The ZIP codes for Lake Wales: 33853, 33859<4>

Websites for Lake Wales ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lake Wales had an population of 16,766 people. This is an increase of 17.86% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 64.47% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lake Wales had a population of 14,225 people. This makes Lake Wales the county's 5th most populous community.

The population of Lake Wales represents 0.08% of the total population of Florida (which has 18,801,310 people), making it the state's 127th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 14,225 people, the population of Lake Wales increased 39.54% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 10,194 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lake Wales.

Communities near Lake Wales ...

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

  • Winter Haven
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Haines City
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
  • Bartow
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
  • Auburndale
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Davenport
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
  • Lake Alfred
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Fort Meade
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Dundee
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
  • Frostproof
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
  • Eagle Lake
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)

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 Lake Wales. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lake Wales.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lake Wales. 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 Lake Wales.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Wales. Our list includes 9 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Lake Wales.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lake Wales ...

Looking for more information about Lake Wales? 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 Lake Wales, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lake Wales.

The official website for Lake Wales:

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 Lake Wales.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lake Wales - 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 Lake Wales). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lake Wales or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.


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