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Bartow, Florida

Bartow, Florida

The demographics of Bartow are not expansive, but the town gives strong signals to families and to enterprise. Bartow is in Polk County and was established in the middle of the 19th century, in land that Seminole Indians had inhabited for centuries earlier. Named after a famous Confederate General, Francis Bartow, the town has excellent weather year round, acres of citrus orchards and plentiful livestock and dairies. It is one of the most significant centers of phosphate production and continues to be a hub of income and job generating industries.

Welcome to Polk County sign in River Ranch, Florida, September 21, 2018.
Welcome to Polk County sign in River Ranch, Florida, September 21, 2018. Editorial credit: Paulo Almeida Photography /, licensed.

About The Community

Bartow is a wonderful place to raise a family and to live. There are four Elementary and two Middle Schools in the area. The High School has an International Program for children of exceptional scholastic attitude. There are excellent facilities for technical studies and for adult education. The Bartow Public Library has over 70 thousand print resources, apart from multi-media resources and attracts more than a million visits a year.


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A splendid sunset in a little town called Bartow in Florida.
A splendid sunset in a little town called Bartow in Florida. Photo credit, licensed.

Medical Care is also a top parameter to choose a place for residence, and Bartow excels in this respect. The Bartow Regional Medical Center offers modern and comprehensive healthcare not just to town residents but for the surrounding population as well. Bartow also has a rehabilitation center. The Rohr Home is a private nursing home, rated highly by the State of Florida.

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Bartow has excellent infrastructure for suburban town life. There are many denominations that are represented amongst the city’s 37 Churches. There is also no less than five major shopping centers compete to serve residents and people from surrounding areas. The Bartow Golf Course has a Bar and Grill to go with the interesting challenges over its 18 holes. Newcomers can appreciate the facilities for the golfing lessons. The surroundings suit walkers as well and the course authorities welcome them with as much enthusiasm as regular golfers. The wetlands around the Peace River also have outstanding possibilities for outdoor recreation at no cost.

SYFY Bartow in Bartow, Florida on February 15, 2020. SYFY Bartow is a free, family-friendly festival featuring costume contests, an art show, superhero karaoke, food, live music, science fiction vendors, large size props, a movie and television car show, a play area for kids, local authors and stars, cosplayers, face painting, steampunk themed activities and many more surprises. Editorial credit: Leo Nocedo /, licensed.

Arby’s, Perkins, Subway, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are a few of the popular fast food restaurant chains that have locations in Bartow. There are many small diners and family-run local places to choose for a meal. Bartow has a pleasant and erudite cultural life through an Art Guild. The Imperial Orchestra that is based here uses the pleasant weather for performances and shows all year round. The LakelandWinter Haven metro area is nearby for people who want more adventure and excitement by way of nightlife.

Aerial drone shot of downtown Winter Haven, FL on a sunny day. Editorial credit: Noah Densmore /, licensed.
Aerial drone shot of downtown Winter Haven, FL on a sunny day. Editorial credit: Noah Densmore /, licensed.

Bartow’s charming attractions come with loads of economic opportunity. Housing is relatively affordable in Bartow with a median home value below $50,000 and recurring costs exclusive of mortgage at less than $300. About nineteen thousand people live in Bartow and a third of the people are African American or Hispanic, which means that the town has a rich racial diversity.

Bartow is the custodian of Polk County history with its Historical Museum and Genealogy Library in town. Bartow has a number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

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