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Welcome to Winter Haven ...

The city of Winter Haven is located in Polk County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Winter Haven, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1884.

A typical abbreviation for Winter Haven: Winter Hvn. (or less commonly used: Winter Havn.)

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Winter Haven has a population of 44,993 people<2> (see below for details).

Winter Haven is 150 feet [46 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The area code for Winter Haven: (863)

The ZIP codes for Winter Haven: 33880-33885, 33888<4>

Websites for Winter Haven ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Winter Haven had an population of 44,993 people. This is an increase of 32.82% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 69.87% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Winter Haven had a population of 33,874 people (or 5.63% of the total population of Polk County). This makes Winter Haven the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Winter Haven represents 0.18% of the total population of Florida (which has 18,801,310 people), making it the state's 78th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 33,874 people, the population of Winter Haven increased 27.89% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 26,487 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Winter Haven.

Communities Also Named Winter Haven ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found another community named Winter Haven - it's located in Texas.

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

Communities near Winter Haven ...

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

  • Lakeland
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
  • Haines City
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Bartow
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Lake Wales
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Davenport
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Fort Meade
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
  • Dundee
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
  • Mulberry
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
  • Polk City
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Lake Hamilton
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Winter Haven. See our Newspapers Page for Winter Haven.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Winter Haven ...

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

Adding Winter Haven to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Winter Haven 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 Winter Haven was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Winter Haven post office opened in 1884.

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

For more details, see References and Mentions for Winter Haven.

The official website for Winter Haven:

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 Winter Haven.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Winter Haven - 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 Winter Haven). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Winter Haven or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Winter Haven includes: 33880, 33881, 33882, 33883, 33884 & 33885.
<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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