Some of the cities, towns, and places in Polk County are Alturas, Auburndale, Babson Park, Bartow, Bradley Junction, Combee Settlement, Crooked Lake Park, Crystal Lake, Cypress Gardens, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Four Corners, Frostproof, Fuller Heights, Fussels Corner, Gibsonia, Grenelefe, Haines City, Highland City, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Homeland, Inwood, Jan Phyl Village, Kathleen, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Lakeshore, Loughman, Medulla, Mountain Lake, Mulberry, Nalcrest, Pittsburg, Poinciana, Polk City, Wahneta, Waverly, Willow Oak, Winston, Winter Haven
Polk County is located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Florida. The county population was 725,046, as of the 2020 census. Its county seat is Bartow, and its largest city is Lakeland.
Polk County comprises the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. This MSA is the 81st-most populous metropolitan statistical area and the 89th-most populous primary statistical area of the United States as of July 1, 2012.The center of population of Florida is located in Polk County, near the city of Lake Wales. Polk County is home to one public university, one state college, and four private universities.