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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.
The lake and the town are spelled differently. The body of water is Lake Wailes
Sections below provide additional information and links about Lake Wales demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Polk County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Lakeland area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 33853 ZIP code.
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.
18% of Lake Wales residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Historic districts in Lake Wales include Lake Wales Commercial Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Lake Wales, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $325. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $755.
Libraries in Lake Wales include Lake Wales Public Library ... View libraries
Polk County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lake Wales political report.
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.
Hotels in Lake Wales include Super 8 Lake Wales.
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