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Population (year 2000): 10,194. Estimated population in July 2005: 12,964 (+27.2% change)
Males: 4,791 (47.0%), Females: 5,403 (53.0%)

Zip codes:

Median resident age: 36.9 years
Median household income: $26,884 (year 2000)
Median house value: $69,900 (year 2000)

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Races in Lake Wales:

  • White Non-Hispanic (53.8%)
  • Black (34.6%)
  • Hispanic (9.9%)
  • Other race (3.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • American Indian (0.5%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (11.3%), English (8.7%), German (7.9%), Irish (7.9%), Italian (2.5%), French (2.4%).

New! Wales, Florida forum

Elevation: 147 feet

Land area: 13.3 square miles

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For population 25 years and over in Lake Wales

  • High school or higher: 73.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.2%
  • Unemployed: 7.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 23.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lake Wales city

  • Never married: 24.7%
  • Now married: 46.9%
  • Separated: 2.8%
  • Widowed: 13.2%
  • Divorced: 12.4%

7.9% Foreign born (6.7% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: -201 (-1.9%).




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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: FL Lakeland, (27.4 miles pop. 78,452).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: FL Tampa, (60.7 miles pop. 303,447).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: PA Philadelphia, (946.2 miles pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Park, FL (3.0 miles Highland Lake Park, FL (5.1 miles Crooked FL (5.1 miles Waverly, Park, FL Babson (6.4 miles Heights, FL (6.6 miles Hillcrest FL Dundee, (8.4 miles Gardens, FL (10.0 miles Cypress Hamilton, FL (10.2 miles Lake


Single-family new house construction building permits:
  • 1996: 40 buildings, average cost: $58,900
  • 1997: 32 buildings, average cost: $56,100
  • 1998: 62 buildings, average cost: $52,700
  • 1999: 54 buildings, average cost: $132,100
  • 2000: 63 buildings, average cost: $65,100
  • 2001: 70 buildings, average cost: $60,400
  • 2002: 196 buildings, average cost: $88,500
  • 2003: 214 buildings, average cost: $104,300
  • 2004: 290 buildings, average cost: $119,400
  • 2005: 408 buildings, average cost: $118,400

Latitude: 27.90 N, Longitude: 81.58 W

Area code: 863


Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (19.1%), Retail trade (13.8%), Manufacturing (12.3%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: +4,203 (+41.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,576 (41.4%)


 

Crime in Lake Wales by Year

Type 1999 2001 2002 2003
Murders 1 0 0 1
    per 100,000 9.8 0.0 0.0 9.8
Rapes 8 4 6 2
    per 100,000 78.5 39.2 58.9 19.6
Robberies 44 44 33 25
    per 100,000 431.6 431.6 323.7 245.2
Assaults 84 64 47 52
    per 100,000 824.0 627.8 461.1 510.1
Burglaries 190 230 253 203
    per 100,000 1863.8 2256.2 2481.9 1991.4
Thefts 803 768 814 586
    per 100,000 7877.2 7533.8 7985.1 5748.5
Auto thefts 116 93 95 63
    per 100,000 1137.9 912.3 931.9 618.0
872.1 803.0 780.6 612.0


Average climate in Lake Wales, Florida

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Lake Wales-area historical tornado activity is above Florida state average. It is 106% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/22/1998, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 23.6 miles away from the Lake Wales city center killed 25 people and injured 150 people and caused $55 million in damages.

On 2/19/1963, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 0.4 miles away from the city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.


Birthplace of: Amare Stoudemire - NBA player (Phoenix Suns, born: Nov 16, 1982), Vin Baker - NBA player (Houston Rockets, born: Nov 23, 1971), Derrick Simmons - College basketball player (Fla Atlantic Owls).


Hospitals/medical centers near Lake Wales:
  • WINTER HAVEN HOSPITAL (about 13 miles; WINTER HAVEN, FL)
  • BARTOW MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 17 miles; BARTOW, FL)
  • HEART OF FLORIDA REGIONAL MED CENTER (about 23 miles; DAVENPORT, FL)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Lake Wales:
  • LAKELAND LINDER RGNL (about 31 miles; LAKELAND, FL; ID: LAL)
  • ORLANDO INTL (about 41 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: MCO)
  • ORLANDO SANFORD (about 65 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: SFB)
Other public-use airports nearest to Lake Wales:
  • LAKE WALES MUNI (about 3 miles; LAKE WALES, FL; ID: X07)
  • CHALET SUZANNE AIR STRIP (about 4 miles; LAKE WALES, FL; ID: X25)
  • BARTOW MUNI (about 14 miles; BARTOW, FL; ID: BOW)

Amtrak station near Lake Wales:
  • 13 miles: WINTER HAVEN (1800 7TH ST. S.W.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, taxi stand.

Local government website:

Local government employment and payroll (March 2002)

Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Firefighters 21 $75,887 $43,364 0 $0
Streets and Highways 5 $9,582 $22,996 0 $0
Sewerage 9 $22,472 $29,962 0 $0
Parks and Recreation 14 $30,199 $25,884 1 $994
Water Supply 18 $47,499 $31,666 0 $0
Local Libraries 11 $21,392 $23,336 1 $560
Other and Unallocable 21 $54,148 $30,941 1 $463
Other Government Administration 7 $28,897 $49,537 0 $0
Police Protection - Officers 42 $135,802 $38,800 0 $0
Police - Other 13 $25,893 $23,901 0 $0
Financial Administration 6 $16,131 $32,262 0 $0
Totals for Government 167 $467,902 $33,621 3 $2,017


College/University in Lake Wales:
  • WARNER SOUTHERN COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 928; Location: 5301 US HWY 27 S; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.warner.edu)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lake Wales:
  • POLK COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 15 miles; WINTER HAVEN, FL; Full-time enrollment: 3,028)
  • TRAVIS TECHNICAL CENTER (about 27 miles; LAKELAND, FL; FT enrollment: 2,057)
  • VALENCIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 46 miles; ORLANDO, FL; FT enrollment: 15,792)
  • ROLLINS COLLEGE (about 51 miles; WINTER PARK, FL; FT enrollment: 2,899)
  • UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (about 51 miles; ORLANDO, FL; FT enrollment: 26,717)
  • UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-ORLANDO CAMPUS (about 53 miles; MAITLAND, FL; FT enrollment: 3,992)
  • SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY (about 56 miles; ST LEO, FL; FT enrollment: 6,597)
Public high school in Lake Wales:
  • LAKE WALES SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,375; Location: #1 HIGHLANDER WAY; Grades: 09 - 12)
Private high school in Lake Wales:
  • THE VANGUARD SCHOOL (Students: 129; Location: 2249 HIGHWAY 27 NORTH; Grades: 6 - 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Lake Wales:
  • MCLAUGHLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 892; Location: 800 S 4TH STREET; Grades: 06 - 08)
  • JANIE HOWARD WILSON SCHOOL (Students: 588; Location: 306 FLORIDA AVENUE; Grades: PK - 05)
  • HILLCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 571; Location: 1051 STATE ROAD 60, EAST; Grades: PK - 05)
  • SPOOK HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 530; Location: 321 E NORTH AVENUE; Grades: PK - 05)
  • POLK AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 449; Location: 110 E POLK AVENUE; Grades: PK - 05)
  • ROOSEVELT ACADEMY (Students: 343; Location: 115 E STREET; Grades: PK - 12)
  • LAKE WALES B.E.S.T. (Students: 21; Location: 800 S FOURTH STEET; Grades: KG - 05)
Private primary/middle school in Lake Wales:
  • LAKE WALES LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 112; Location: 640 S. SCENIC HWY.; Grades: PK - 8)

Notable location: Lake Wales Public Library (A).

Cemetery: Garden Cemetery (1).

Lakes and swamps: Serena, Lake (A), Twin Lakes (B), Alta, Lake (C), Altamaha, Lake (D), Cooper, Lake (E), Crystal Lake (F), North Lake Wales (G), Edward, Lake (H).


Lake Wales compared to Florida state average:
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Population density below state average for cities.

Strongest AM radio stations in Lake Wales:
  • WIPC (1280 AM; 1 kW; LAKE WALES, FL; Owner: SIBER MEDIA GROUP INC)
  • WFLF (540 AM; 50 kW; PINE HILLS, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WQTM (740 AM; 50 kW; ORLANDO, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHNR (1360 AM; 5 kW; CYPRESS GARDENS, FL; Owner: GB ENTERPRISES COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WHOO (1080 AM; daytime; 35 kW; KISSIMMEE, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS I, INC.)
  • WDYZ (990 AM; 50 kW; ORLANDO, FL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WQYK (1010 AM; 50 kW; SEFFNER, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF TAMPA)
  • WONQ (1030 AM; 45 kW; OVIEDO, FL; Owner: FLORIDA BROADCASTERS)
  • WIXC (1060 AM; 50 kW; TITUSVILLE, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS I, INC.)
  • WMGG (820 AM; 50 kW; LARGO, FL; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF ST. PETERSBURG LICENSEE)
  • WTWB (1570 AM; 5 kW; AUBURNDALE, FL; Owner: CARPENTER'S HOME CHURCH, INC.)
  • WWBF (1130 AM; 3 kW; BARTOW, FL; Owner: THOMAS N. THORNBURG, THORNBURG COMM.)
  • WTLN (950 AM; 12 kW; ORLANDO, FL; Owner: TM2, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Lake Wales:
  • WPCV (97.5 FM; WINTER HAVEN, FL; Owner: HALL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WSJT (94.1 FM; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WWRZ (98.3 FM; FORT MEADE, FL; Owner: HALL COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • WXXL (106.7 FM; TAVARES, FL; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WWRM (94.9 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.)
  • WPOI (101.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WFLZ-FM (93.3 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WMTX (100.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WQYK-FM (99.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF FLORIDA)
  • WTBT (103.5 FM; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WHPT (102.5 FM; SARASOTA, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WWOJ (99.1 FM; AVON PARK, FL; Owner: COHAN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WLVF-FM (90.3 FM; HAINES CITY, FL; Owner: LANDMARK BAPTIST CHURCH, INC.)
  • WLAZ (89.1 FM; KISSIMMEE, FL; Owner: CAGUAS EDUCATIONAL TV, INC.)
  • WYFO (91.9 FM; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • W291AG (106.1 FM; HIGHLAND CITY, FL; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Lake Wales:
  • WMOR-TV (Channel 32; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY)
  • WLWA-LP (Channel 14; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: TRI-MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WOPX (Channel 56; MELBOURNE, FL; Owner: PAXSON ORLANDO LICENSE, INC.)
  • WZXZ-CA (Channel 11; ORLANDO, ETC., FL; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • WEDU (Channel 3; TAMPA, FL; Owner: FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRDQ (Channel 27; ORLANDO, FL; Owner: WFTV-TV HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WXPX (Channel 66; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATION LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WFLA-TV (Channel 8; TAMPA, FL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFTS-TV (Channel 28; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TAMPA BAY TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WTOG (Channel 44; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.)
  • WTVT (Channel 13; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TVT LICENSE, INC.)
  • WUSF-TV (Channel 16; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA)
  • WTTA (Channel 38; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: BAY TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WFTT (Channel 50; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TELEFUTURA TAMPA LLC)
  • WTGL-TV (Channel 52; COCOA, FL; Owner: GOOD LIFE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCLF (Channel 22; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CHRISTIAN TELEVISION CORPORATION, INC.)
  • WBCC (Channel 68; COCOA, FL; Owner: BREVARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WTAM-LP (Channel 6; TAMPA, FL; Owner: U.S. INTERACTIVE, L.L.C.)

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