Lake Wales, FL
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Lake Wales is a somewhat small city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 15,541 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Lake Wales is the 157th largest community in Florida.

Unlike some cities, Lake Wales isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lake Wales are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lake Wales is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lake Wales who work in sales jobs (13.64%), office and administrative support (12.20%), and food service (10.35%).

In terms of college education, Lake Wales is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.30% of adults 25 and older in Lake Wales have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Lake Wales in 2010 was $17,849, which is lower middle income relative to Florida, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,396 for a family of four. However, Lake Wales contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lake Wales is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lake Wales home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lake Wales residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lake Wales also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lake Wales include German, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Lake Wales is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.