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.

Lake Wales is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Lake Wales is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lake Wales who work in sales jobs (15.85%), office and administrative support (13.06%), and food service (8.18%).

In terms of college education, Lake Wales is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.18% 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 $17,651, 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 $70,604 for a family of four.

Lake Wales is a very 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 19.67% 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.