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Lake Wales is a city in Polk County, in the Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area.

The community is believed named for Sidney Irving Wailes, surveyor

The latitude of Lake Wales is 27.901N. The longitude is -81.586W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 148 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 11,194.


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Median household income
Local
$26,884
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Lake Wales demographic reports
Community boasts the highest elevation in Florida - 295 feet

The lake and the town are spelled differently. The body of water is Lake Wailes

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 80. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 7.6 per 1,000 people.
Nearby parks & recreation: Lake Kissimmee State Park
Lake Wales attractions: Bok Tower Gardens
Historic sites and museums: Lake Wales Museum
Colleges and universities: Warner Southern College

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9% of Lake Wales residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lake Wales ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lake Wales was $16,106, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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18% of Lake Wales residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Lake Wales include Lake Wales Commercial Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Lake Wales, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $325.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $755.


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Libraries in Lake Wales include Lake Wales Public Library ... View libraries

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Polk County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lake Wales political report.

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The average commute time for Lake Wales workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 10 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lake Wales between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 9.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.

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Hotels in Lake Wales include Super 8 Lake Wales.

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