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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).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Lake Wales.

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

Note: If you travel west from Lake Wales, you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

Lake Wales is within the (863) area code.

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

Websites for Lake Wales ...

Official Website:   www.cityoflakewales.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.lakewaleschamber.com/

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 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 (with 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 [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winter Haven
    • Winter Haven [Polk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Lake Wales
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 46,578 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winter Haven
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winter Haven<6>
  • Haines City [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Haines City
    • Haines City [Polk County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the north of Lake Wales
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,674 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haines City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Haines City<6>
  • Bartow [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bartow
    • Bartow [Polk County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the west of Lake Wales
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,201 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bartow
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bartow<6>
  • Auburndale [Polk County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Auburndale
    • Auburndale [Polk County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Lake Wales
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,204 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburndale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburndale<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Davenport [Polk County]
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      • Davenport [Polk County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the north of Lake Wales
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,301 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Davenport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Davenport<6>
    • Lake Alfred [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Alfred
      • Lake Alfred [Polk County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northwest of Lake Wales
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,331 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Alfred
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake Alfred<6>
    • Fort Meade [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Meade
      • Fort Meade [Polk County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Lake Wales
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,260 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Meade
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Meade<6>
    • Dundee [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dundee
      • Dundee [Polk County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the north of Lake Wales
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,200 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dundee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dundee<6>
    • Frostproof [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frostproof
      • Frostproof [Polk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Lake Wales
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,273 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frostproof
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frostproof<6>
    • Eagle Lake [Polk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagle Lake
      • Eagle Lake [Polk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Lake Wales
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,105 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagle Lake<6>

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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lake Wales: www.cityoflakewales.com/

The official website for Polk County: www.polk-county.net/

The official website for State of Florida: www.myflorida.com/

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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lake Wales) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Lake Wales. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lake WalesOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lake Wales. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 27.9012, Longitude: -81.5863    
<6>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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