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Polk County

Polk County is located in central Florida.  The County Seat is Bartow and the largest city is Lakeland.  The Official Web Site is located at  The 2014 population estimate is 634,638 and the 2010 census population was 602,095.  The land area is 1,797.84 square miles and there are 334.9 persons per square mile.

79.9% of the population is White, 15.6% is Black or African American, 19% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.8% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.9% is two or more races.  82.4% have a high school degree or higher, and 18.1% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $111,400, there are 219,540 households, an average of 2.71 persons per household.  The per capita income is $21,285,  the median household income is $43,113, and 18.2% of the persons in Polk County are considered below poverty level.

The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 45,012.  Retail sales (in $1000) were $6,420,144, and sales per capita were $11,195.  The percentage of black-owned firms is 7.1%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 25.4%.

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Business Resources

Explore Polk County Business Resource links and find information and services on building, construction, licenses, permits, inspections, annual bids, and many more

Business Taxes

Search the Tax Collector for business tax records. This was formerly know as the Polk County Occupational Tax Account search.

Businesses- Women & Minority Owned

Browse the Polk County, Florida Women and Minority Business Enterprise register by category and name to find contact information for local businesses.


Online code of ordinances for Polk County from Municode.

Court Records | Civil

Polk County Clerk of Courts Circuit and County civil court records searchable by party name, case number, or filing date.

Court Records | Criminal

Polk County Clerk of Court felony, misdemeanor, criminal traffic, and infraction records.

Court Records | Criminal & Traffic

Polk County online felony, misdemeanor, criminal traffic, ordinance, and infraction records.

Court Records | Traffic

Polk County Clerk & Comptroller online traffic court records search.

Elections - Candidates

Search the Polk County, Florida Supervisor of Elections' database of past and current candidates by election type/year.

Inmates - Past & Present

Search for past & present Polk County inmates through the Polk County Sheriff office database.

Land Development

Search the Polk County online access to Building and Land Development Records.

Meth Charges

This listing was created by the Polk County Sheriff's Office to inform the citizens, landlords, and employers of Polk County about the methamphetamine manufacturing charges occurring within Polk County since 2005.

Missing Persons

Browse this Polk County Sheriff Department missing person listing to view information including name, photo, DOB, circumstances, date and city of disappearance, physical description and contact person/number.

Most Wanted

List of top fugitives listed with the Office of the Sheriff in Polk County, Florida.


In Internet Explorer use this site to check the status of your building permit by permit number.


Search the Polk County, Florida Supervisor of Elections' database of voting precincts by street address.

Property & GIS

Provided by: Polk County, Florida Appraiser. Use this interactive mapping service to search by name, parcel number, address, etc. for property information.

Property - Appraiser

Search the Florida Polk County Appraiser records for property information and maps by owner name, address, account number, or use the advanced search option.

Property - Tax Collector

Search the Tax Collector database for property records in Polk County by account name or account number.

Recorded Documents | Official Records

Polk County Clerk of Courts recorded documents and official records (mortgages, deeds, judgments, liens, lis pendens, assignments, etc.).

Registered Offenders

Search for registered offenders residing in Polk County.

Service of Process

Use this site from the Polk County Sheriff's office to get the current status on a Service of Process, by a Last and First name.

Tax Deed Sales

Polk County properties that available for Tax Deed Sales.

Traffic Tickets

Use this Florida Clerk of Courts service to search and pay for Polk County traffic tickets.


Search the Polk County, Florida Sheriff's Office database for Active Warrants by name, date of birth, race, and/or gender.

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