Polk County is in central Florida, east of the Tampa-St. Petersburg region, and is bordered by Sumter, Lake, Osceola, Highlands, Hardee, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties. The 1,823 square-mile county has 187 square miles of water. The average January temperature is 61.1 degrees F, the average August temperature is 81.8 degrees F and the average annual rainfall is 49.21 inches.  Polk County offers some exceptional values in both housing and commercial real estate. With a prosperous and diverse local economy, housing starts and sales have been increasing at much faster than national averages. The excellent climate, low cost of living, and convenient central location make Polk County an attractive place to raise a family, start a business, or retire.

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Established in 1861 from real estate portions of Brevard and Hillsborough counties it was named for James Knox Polk, 11th president of the U.S.




photoclearThe County is home to nearly 500,000 residents, of which about 200,000 live in one of 17 municipalities. A single School District operates an extensive system of schools for students from grades K-12. Other county services are funded and directed by the Board of County Commissioners.

buildingsclearAn array of Constitutional Officers, directly elected, control other functions county-wide, including the Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Clerk of Courts, and Sheriff..

lawnsThe municipalities range from Lakeland's population of over 75,000 to Highland Park with about 220 citizens.

Orlando Realtor John Hambrick and Polk County Realtor Angela Chapman can help you find your new home, whether it be a charming condo, a beautiful, luxury estate home or anything sized inbetween.  Visit our Home Search page or call for all your real estate requirements in Lake County, Osceola County, Orange County, Seminole County, Polk County, Brevard County and Volusia County.  Angela and John know you want a return on your investment, so contact them to help you sell your home.

Polk County contains the highest ground on the Florida Peninsula, as well as hundreds of square miles of wetlands. The relatively sharp elevation contrasts give Polk one of the most diverse varieties of plant and animal life in the United States.

The high ground real estate of the Lake Wales Ridge in eastern Polk County was once a chain of islands. When sea levels were much higher than today, about three million years ago, species isolated on this island chain evolved in unique ways, much differently than their mainland relatives.

lake wales ridgeclearToday, this natural history has blessed the Ridge with North America's highest concentration of rare and endangered species, our equivalent of the Galapagos Islands, or South America's tropical rain forests.

Some of the remaining fragments of this unique environment have recently been protected in a scattered network of preserves, owned and managed by Polk County (the CLASAC program), The State of Florida (Preservation 2000), and the US government (the Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge), as well as private groups like The Nature Conservancy, and the Green Horizon Land Trust.

Most of the sites in this preserve network are already open for visitation. Recreational opportunities in the preserve include passive recreation such as hiking, birding, camping, horseback riding, canoeing, and in some areas, active recreation like fishing and hunting.

Polk County offers a wide variety of shopping choices, ranging from exclusive boutiques to regional malls, and including fascinating antiques districts and huge flea markets. Two major regional shopping malls, Lakeland Square in Lakeland, and Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales, offer wide varieties of national department stores like Sears, JC Penney, and Dillards, as well as specialty shops like Victoria's Secret, B. Dalton's, and Barney's Fine Coffees.

Polk County is home to more than 550 significant lakes, which provide rich habitat for a wide variety of species.

golfclearFor golfers, this is prime golfing country, and home to dozens of beautiful and challenging golf courses. Numerous amateur and pro-am tournaments are held here.  And a wide variety of professional and amateur sporting events, from basketball to hockey, fill the calendar at The Lakeland Center.

Famous for some of the world's best Largemouth Bass fishing, tens of thousands come here in search of that trophy "bucketmouth."With more than 550 major lakes, Polk offers enough challenging spots to last a lifetime, and enough lunkers to entertain a fleet of fishermen.

Tennis fans will find dozens of venues, numbering over 100 public courts, or check out the 1700-seat stadium at Grenelefe.

Bicycling enthusiasts will enjoy more than 100 miles of prime biking paths and recommended roadways along the rolling hills of the Lake Wales Ridge. The area is widely acknowledged as Florida's best bicycle destination. Many riders also choose to take part in the annual Florida Bikefest held each year on the last weekend of October. This event draws bicycle enthusiasts from around the state and nation to the areas' prime routes. A number of other events and activities are scheduled in conjunction with this rally

Fans of the most radical sport of all have a chance to see the best skydivers in the world at several events at the The World Skydive Center, located at Lake Wales´ Mid Florida Regional Airport.

imageclearColleges and universities. Landmark Baptist College, Haines City; Polk Community College, Winter Haven; Spurgeon Baptist Bible College, Mulberry; Warner Southern College, Lake Wales; Webber College, Babson Park; Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Center, Florida Southern College, Southeastern College Assemblies of God, Lakeland.





Polk County FloridaclearEvents and Places of Interest

Florida Citrus Festival and Polk County Fair, Winter Haven, January; Black Hills Passion Play, Lake Wales, February; Carillon Festival, Lake Wales, April; Water Skiing Championships, Cypress Gardens, June; Bok Tower, Lake Wales; Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven; Polk Museum of Art, Florida Southern College Architectural District, South Lake Morton Historic District, Lakeland.




Two major league baseball teams make their spring training home here.  The Cleveland Indians play at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven - a 7,000 seat facility - and The Detroit Tigers play at the 8,500-seating-capacity spring training facility, Joker Merchant Stadium in Lakeland.  Winter Haven also hosts the USSSA World Series and other baseball tournaments. 

Polk County's central location offers quick connections to both Tampa and Orlando. It's also handy to major seaports in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Jacksonville. The county is served by several major multi-lane highways, including I-4, US 27, US 98, US 92, US 17, and SR 60. Polk's largest private-sector employers include:



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Polk County School Board
Publix Super Markets
State of Florida
Polk County Government
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
IMC-Agrico
Winter Haven Hospital
Wal-Mart
State Farm Insurance
Geico Insurance
Federal Government



Employees

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lakeviewPolk County Art & Cultural
Explorations V Children's Museum
The Lakeland Center
Lake Wales Arts Council
Lake Wales Depot Museum
Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library
Polk County Library Cooperative
Polk Theatre
Ridge Art Association

Relocating? Angela Chapman and John Hambrick, metro Orlando's No. 1 Realtors, will be happy to help you find just the right location for your new home. Home Search  Or Selling? We understand you would like to see a return on your investment. Find homes for sale in Polk County and other counties in the Metro Orlando area.

Cities in Polk County


Achan
Agricola
Alcoma
Alturas
Armour
Auburndale
Babson Park
Bartow
Bereah
Berry
Bonnie
Bradley
Bradley Junction
Brewster
Carters Corner
Clear Springs
Connersville
Conshal
Cox Corner
Crooked Lake Park
Cypress Gardens
Davenport
Diamond
Dundee
Eagle Lake
Eastwood
Eaton Park
Eloise
Eloise Woods
Eva
Ewell
Fedhaven



Florence Villa
Floritan
Fort Meade
Fountain Heights
Fox Town
Frostproof
Fuller Heights
Fussells Corner
Gall
Galloway
Gibsonia
Gordonville
Green Bay
Griffin
Haines City
Hesperides
Highland City
Highland Park
Hillcrest Heights
Holiday Manor
Homeland
Imperial Lakes
Independent
Indian Lake Estates
Inwood
Jan-Phyl Village
Jones Corner
Pine Dale
Kathleen
Kingsford
Kossuthville
Lake Alfred



Lake Garfield
Lake Hamilton
Lake of the Hills
Lake Wales
Lakeland
Loughman
Lucerne Park
Lyle Corner
Lynchburg
Mammoth
Maxcy Quarters
Medulla
Millard
Mineco
Mountain Lake rderion
Mulberry
Mule Island
Nalcrest
Nichols
Noralyn
Oak Dale
Oak Ridge
Oak Terrace
Orangedale
Pebbledale
Pembroke
Pierce
Winter Haven
Poinciana
Poinsettia Park
Polk City
Poyner



Prairie Junction
Providence
Rawls Park
Ridgewood
Rock Ridge
Rockland
Rockland Junction
Rolling Hills
Roux Quarters
Royster
Sandland
Socrum
South Mulberry
Sunray Deli Estates
Tancrede
Tenoroc
Tiger Bay
Tiote
Tolson
Tranquility Park
Wahneta
Waverly
West Frostproof
West Polk
West Scenic Park
Willow Oak
Winston
Withla
Wolfolk



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