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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B
Polk County is located in Florida with a population of 652,256. Living in Polk County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and retirees live in Polk County and residents tend to lean conservative.
Population
652,256

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$121,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$913
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Polk County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    189
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    53
    41
  • Robbery
    66
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    472
    500
  • Theft
    2,527
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    170
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

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Polk County Reviews

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I have lived in Polk County almost my whole life, and I wouldn't have wanted to be raised anywhere else. There are some areas safer than others, but it is the biggest county in Florida after all! The public schools are okay if a child has advanced or doesn't get involved in bad things then they should be alright. Although, if they tend to get into trouble and are in more intensive classes, the chances of them getting into the wrong crowd is much higher.
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I moved here from Lake Worth, Florida about 10-11 years ago. Just around the time I started Kindergarten. Polk is nice I guess. I don't think I ever had a problem feeling uncomfortable enough to not stay here. Although, there should be more a variety of stores around here. Since I live around a area where most pizza shops don't deliver to because it's too far out of their range. I noticed their building more like little stores such as, dollar general or family dollar but what we really need is a gas station. Poinciana/Kissimmee by Laurel area there is only ONE route to that area and there isn't a gas station for miles. The closest gas station is like 15-25 minutes away depending which area, which is really frustrating. But, overall the neighborhood is lovely and pretty and if anyone asked me if they should live here I'd definitely recommend them too.
I have lived in this neighborhood for about 15 years now, and I have to say that it is still one of my favorite places. There is great food, great people, and great music. This community has the most friendly people anyone could ever meet. We all unite as one as we come together and celebrate such a diverse and closely-knitted community. Even though it is a small town, I'd like to think of everyone as family here.