Lake Wales Area Facts & Figures

Average annual rainfall: 48″
Average snowfall: 0″
Average temperature in winter: 60°
Average temperature in summer: 82°
County: Polk
County Seat: Bartow
City of Lake Wales Incorporated: 1917, site surveyed in 1879.
Size: 19 square miles

Distance from Tampa:  55 miles east

Average Commute Time:  20.8 minutes

Largest Industries:  Retail – 1,140 jobs; Health Care & Social Assistance – 676 jobs; Manufacturing – 559 jobs.

Highest Paying Jobs:  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services – $61,121 annually; Public Administration – $56,641 annually; Transportation & Warehousing, Utilities – $55,891 annually

Population in 2017: 16,066

Median resident age:   37.7 years

Health Insurance Coverage:  88% of residents are covered by health insurance (31.9% employer paid, 24.1% Medicaid, 16.2% Medicare, 13.8% non-group plans and 1.98% Military/VA

Average earnings:  $25, 690 per annum per resident

Estimated median household income in 2017: $40,499 (a 5.83% growth over 2016)

Median Property Value:  $134,100

Property Taxes:  residential <$800 annually

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $19,686 (it was $16,106 in 2000)
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Lake-Wales-Florida.html

State Income Tax: No

Crime Statistics (2018):

Calls for Service:  22,912           Arrests:  1,195                Crashes:  548               Traffic Fatalities:  7               Traffic Citations:  3,238

Traffic Warnings:  1.576            Parking Citations:  104

Uniform Crime Report (UCR) crime index:  337                  UCR change:  -33.3%                     UCR Clearance Rate:  44.8%

For the last several years, Lake Wales has ranked in the low 40s out of 132 Florida cities in the Florida’s Safest Cities report.

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