Community Snapshot

The best way to describe Bartow is “Poised for growth.” With more undeveloped property than even Orlando, Bartow, has more to offer than other cities in Florida. Affectionately known as the “City of Oaks and Azaleas,” Bartow is the county seat and home to more than 17,000 residents. Positioned at the intersection of State Road 60 and U.S. Highway 98, Bartow is 40 miles east of Tampa and 60 miles southwest of Orlando. Formerly driven by phosphate, cattle and citrus, Bartow’s economy has expanded to include a number of high-tech businesses and light manufacturing. With the recent addition of Clear Springs, Bartow is poised to see a substantial rise in population and industry over the next decades.

Fiber Optics – The City has an existing 100 mile fiber network and offers connections to some local businesses. Government and schools also use the network. City commissioners heard from a fiber optic consulting firm that estimated an expansion to households at $3.3 million for capital costs and $2.5 million to run the network during the startup years until the network breaks even.

Cost of Living – The cost of transportation in Bartow is lower than the United States average and earns a score of 5 out of 10. A cost of transportation score of 10 indicates most expensive while a 1 represents cheapest. The cost of transportation score uses local data on commuting patterns and city dispersion combined with fuel cost factors, public transportation, and efficiency patterns of public transportation in relationship to a transportation price level index. A relative cost of airline travel component is also included. In major cities, where parking is a substantial cost, estimates are included for parking expenses during regular business hours. Transportation factors also include the yearly total cost of operating automobile(s) and/or equivalent commuter expense for ten miles. The cost of operating an automobile defaults to 20 miles round trip daily, maintenance, taxes and licensing fees, insurance, gasoline costs including taxes, etc. Costs vary according to changes to number of vehicles, combined value and combined prose, and annual mileage/kilometers. Sources include IRS allowed reimbursement policies, local gasoline, insurance, licensing and maintenance/service prices.

School Ratings – Bartow High Schools Career Academies Earn Prestigious National Certification – Two of Bartow’s career academies in the Polk County Public Schools system achieved a major goal: earning national certification from the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). After undergoing an extensive review process, certification was awarded to Bartow Medical and Fire Academy at Bartow High School. The Leadership/ROTC Academy at Summerlin Academy earned the NCAC’s premier “model” designation. Bartow’s career academies work together with the business community to provide students with a specialized education that helps prepare them for their desired career path. By earning NCAC certification, the academies demonstrate that they have met or exceeded national standards for design, faculty, leadership, and student assessment, among other criteria

Climate -Bartow gets about 53 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 111. On average, there are 236 sunny days per year. The July high is around 92 degrees. The January low is 50 degrees.