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Polk County is a county located in the State of Florida. Based on the 2010 census, the
population was 602,095. Polk County was created
on February 8, 1861 from Brevard County and Hillsborough County. The
county seat is Bartow, and
its largest city is Lakeland. This county is named for
James K. Polk (1795-1849), the 11th President of the United States.
Polk County comprises the Lakeland-Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area.
This county is named for James K. Polk (1795-1849), the 11th President of the United States.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Polk County became Florida's 39th county on February 8, 1861, when the State of Florida divided Hillsborough County
into eastern and western halves. The eastern half was named Polk, in honor of the 11th President of the United States,
James Knox Polk. Though not necessarily the reason for Polk County's name, Polk was sworn in as president on the day
after Florida's statehood (March 3, 1845).
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,010 square miles (5,206 km2), of which, 1,874 square miles (4,855 km2) of it is land and 136 square miles (351 km2) of it is water. The total area is 6.75% water.
Polk county is located close to the center of Florida. Seventeen
municipalities, ranging from a tiny village to a metropolitan city, are
located in Polk County, along with twenty-four unincorporated, populated
Bordering counties are as follows:
Polk County Public Schools serves the county.