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Auburndale, Florida

Coordinates: 28°05′46″N 81°48′04″W / 28.09611°N 81.80111°W / 28.09611; -81.80111
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Auburndale, Florida
City of Auburndale
The historic Auburndale City Hall as seen in June 2009.
The historic Auburndale City Hall as seen in June 2009.
Location of Auburndale in Polk County, Florida.
Location of Auburndale in Polk County, Florida.
Coordinates: 28°05′46″N 81°48′04″W / 28.09611°N 81.80111°W / 28.09611; -81.80111
CountryUnited States of America
 • Total20.58 sq mi (53.30 km2)
 • Land13.56 sq mi (35.12 km2)
 • Water7.02 sq mi (18.19 km2)
Elevation141 ft (43 m)
 • Total15,616
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,151.79/sq mi (444.70/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code863
FIPS code12-02550[5]
GNIS feature ID2403135[3]

Auburndale is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 15,616 at the 2020 census.[6]


Auburndale was founded in 1880 by Frank Fuller, who was seeking refuge from chilly winters in the Northeast United States.[7] The place was originally named Sanatoria, from a hotel located there. When the railroad arrived in the 1880s, the town was renamed Auburndale at the suggestion of settlers from Auburndale, Massachusetts.[8] The New England town had been named from the opening line of the poem "The Deserted Village" by Oliver Goldsmith.[9] Early on, the city became a chosen destination for a number of America's most prominent artists.[7]

Geography and climate[edit]

The city is located 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Tampa[10] and 59 miles (95 km) southwest of Orlando.[10] Auburndale is located within the Central Florida Highlands area of the Atlantic coastal plain with a terrain consisting of flatland interspersed with gently rolling hills.[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (43.87%) is water.

Auburndale is located in the humid subtropical zone, as designated by (Köppen climate classification: Cfa).[12]


The city commission is made up of five commissioners elected from single-member districts. The mayor is elected from the commissioners by the voters.[13] The city budget is $69 million.[13]


Historical population
2022 (est.)18,579[6]19.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

2010 and 2020 census[edit]

Auburndale racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Pop 2010[15] Pop 2020[16] % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 9,679 9,709 71.66% 62.17%
Black or African American (NH) 1,677 1,908 12.42% 12.22%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 24 64 0.18% 0.41%
Asian (NH) 154 256 1.14% 1.64%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 0 7 0.00% 0.04%
Some other race (NH) 17 59 0.13% 0.38%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 185 693 1.37% 4.44%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 1,771 2,920 13.11% 18.70%
Total 13,507 15,616 100% 100%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 15,616 people, 5,141 households, and 3,701 families residing in the city.[17]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 13,507 people, 4,671 households, and 3,327 families residing in the city.[18]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 11,032 people, 4,119 households, and 3,002 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,113.5 inhabitants per square mile (816.0/km2). There were 4,547 housing units at an average density of 871.1 per square mile (336.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.13% White, 12.26% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.46% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.10% of the population.

In 2000, there were 4,119 households, out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.02.

In 2000, in the city, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $34,184, and the median income for a family was $36,303. Males had a median income of $30,468 versus $21,232 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,510. About 13.4% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.


The important freeways and highways in the Auburndale area are:

  • I-4 - Just north of town, this is the main interstate highway in central Florida, leading westward to Lakeland and Tampa, and eastward to Orlando and Daytona Beach.
  • SR 570 (Polk Parkway) - This toll road provides Auburndale with quick access to I-4 to the north, and leads westward to southern Lakeland.
  • US 92 - This divided highway leads westward to Lakeland and eastward to Lake Alfred.
  • SR 544 - Traverses from eastern Auburndale to Winter Haven, hence its name Havendale Boulevard.
  • SR 559 - This road leads to Polk City and I-4.

Mass transit[edit]

Auburndale is served by Winter Haven Area Transit's #12 & #50 routes.[19]

Railroads are also important to Auburndale. The city contains two major railroad lines. The first being the CSX Carters Subdivision, and the other being the CSX Auburndale Subdivision. Amtrak uses both lines but does not stop in the city.


Two airports serve Auburndale, both of which are located in Winter Haven, east of the city. The Winter Haven Regional Airport along US 92 and the adjacent Jack Browns Seaplane Base located on the northeast shores of Lake Jessie.


Auburndale is part of the Tampa/St. Pete television market, the 13th largest in the country and part of the local Lakeland/Winter Haven radio market, which is the 94th largest in the country.[20][21]


The Auburndale Public Library is a member of the Polk County Library Cooperative. The library is located at 100 West Bridgers Avenue Auburndale, Florida 33823.[22] The library offers a number of services to all Polk County Residents, including 24/7 card catalog access.[22]


The public schools in Auburndale are operated by the Polk County School Board. There are five elementary schools, Berkley Elementary (a charter school ), Auburndale Central Elementary, Lena Vista Elementary, Boswell Elementary and Caldwell Elementary, which feed into Stambaugh Middle School. Students from Berkley Elementary are admitted into Berkley Accelerated Middle School (another charter school), while other students wishing to apply are put on a waiting list. Auburndale High School and Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy (PPCA) are the only high schools in Auburndale, although nearby Tenoroc High School serves students in both Auburndale and Lakeland.

Southern Technical College operates a campus in Auburndale. Nearby in Lakeland, Florida there is the main campus Florida Polytechnic University.


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  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Auburndale, Florida
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. July 1, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Census.gov Quick Facts Auburndale city, Florida". Census.gov. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  7. ^ a b "History of Auburndale" (PDF). Polk County Historical Association. December 1976. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 27, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  8. ^ Morris, Allen (1995). Florida Place Names. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-56164-084-3.
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  11. ^ "Florida's Geological History". University of Florida. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
  12. ^ "World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated". University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. November 6, 2008. Archived from the original on September 6, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Guide to Polk". Polk County Sheriff's Office. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Auburndale city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  16. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Auburndale city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  17. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2020: Auburndale city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  18. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2010: Auburndale city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  19. ^ "Winter Haven Area Transit (W.H.A.T.)". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  20. ^ "Top Nielsen Markets". TV By the Numbers. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  21. ^ "Arbitron Markets". Arbitron. Archived from the original on October 16, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  22. ^ a b "Library – City of Auburndale".

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