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 http://www.polk-county.net/. 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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