Polk County, Florida

county in Florida, United States

Polk County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, 483,924 people lived there. The U.S. Census Bureau 2006 estimate for the county is 561,606.[1] The county seat is Bartow, Florida[2]. Its largest city is Lakeland. The center of population of Florida is in the town of Lake Wales.[3]

Polk County
Polk County courthouse in Bartow
Polk County courthouse in Bartow
Official seal of Polk County
Map of Florida highlighting Polk County
Location within the U.S. state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 27°58′N 81°42′W / 27.96°N 81.7°W / 27.96; -81.7
Country United States
State Florida
FoundedFebruary 8, 1861
Named forJames K. Polk
Largest cityLakeland
 • Total2,011 sq mi (5,210 km2)
 • Land1,798 sq mi (4,660 km2)
 • Water213 sq mi (550 km2)  10.6%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density370/sq mi (143/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Area code(s)863
Congressional districts9th, 15th, 17th


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  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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