Polk County is a leading contributor to the state’s economy and politics. Citrus, cattle, agriculture, and the phosphate industry still play vital roles in the local economy, along with an increase in tourist revenue in recent years. The county’s location between both the Tampa and Orlando metropolitan areas has aided in the development and growth of the area. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to the unique character of the county’s numerous heritage sites and cultural venues, stunning natural landscapes, and many outdoor activities, making Polk the heart of central Florida.
Polk County is known as water skiing, citrus capital and bass fishing capital of the world.”
Polk County is home to one public university, one state college, and four private universities. One Fortune 500 company, Publix Super Markets, has headquarters in the county.
Polk County is home to professional baseball and basketball teams and boasts a rich history of collegiate sports competition at a number of its institutions of higher learning, including perennial NCAA Division II National Championship contender and titleholder (in multiple sports), Florida Southern College.
It is also home to Sheriff Grady Judd, who has become a local celebrity for his lay it on the line way of addressing crime fighting and law breakers.
- Population: 724,777 (2019 census)
- 89th Most Populous County in Florida
- Founded: February 8, 1861
- County Seat: Bartow