Lake Hamilton, Florida

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Lake Hamilton, Florida
Location in Polk County and the state of Florida
Location in Polk County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°2′48″N 81°37′20″W / 28.04667°N 81.62222°W / 28.04667; -81.62222Coordinates: 28°2′48″N 81°37′20″W / 28.04667°N 81.62222°W / 28.04667; -81.62222
Country United States
State Florida
County Polk
 • Total 3.9 sq mi (10.2 km2)
 • Land 3 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Water 0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
Elevation 148 ft (45 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,304
 • Density 334.4/sq mi (127.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 33851
Area code(s) 863
FIPS code 12-37975[1]
GNIS feature ID 0285246[2]

Lake Hamilton is a town in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,304 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,406 1. It is part of the LakelandWinter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Lake Hamilton is located at 28°2′48″N 81°37′20″W / 28.04667°N 81.62222°W / 28.04667; -81.62222 (28.046561, -81.622229).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2). 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) of it (22.51%) is water.

Lake Hamilton is located in the humid subtropical zone (Köppen climate classification: Cfa).[4]

The dominant geographic feature in the city is the large lake for which the city is named. Lake Hamilton, the body of water, is part of the Chain of Lakes. The lake has a surface area of 2,184 acres (8,840,000 m2). and an average depth of 7.2 feet (2.2 m).[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,304 people, 482 households, and 362 families residing in the town. The population density was 430.0 inhabitants per square mile (166.2/km²). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 176.4 per square mile (68.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.09% White, 25.15% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 2.30% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.06% of the population.

There were 482 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,438, and the median income for a family was $38,050. Males had a median income of $28,281 versus $21,833 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,199. About 13.3% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.5% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.


  • State Road 17 - The Scenic Highway going through the center of town, paralleling US 27 and leading southward to downtown Dundee and Lake Wales
  • US 27 - Located just west of town, this divided highway leads to Lake Wales and Haines City.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated". University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  5. ^ polk county water atlas