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Bartow is a city in Central Florida east of the Tampa Bay area. The population was 15,340 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city had a population of 16,278. It is the county seat of Polk County. Bartow is also part of the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The town of Bartow was named in honor of Francis S. Bartow, the first Confederate officer to die in the American Civil War. Residents of the city are known as Bartownians. While Bartow itself is not a very large city - the Polk County cities of Lakeland and Winter Haven have larger populations - Bartow does have the distinction of being the second largest in geographical area . The city has been called The City of Oaks, The City of Oaks and Azaleas and The Capitol of Imperial Polk County.

Bartow Climate
The climate of Bartow, like most of Florida, is humid subtropical. Most of the inland areas farthest away from the ocean tend to have more extreme temperature ranges than those areas on the coast. Since Bartow is one of the cities furthest from the coast in peninsular Florida, it can be among the hottest places in the state on some summer days, and during the occasional winter Arctic blast, it has had temperatures in the teens (Fahrenheit).

While Bartow's distance from the coast has offered protection from most of the effects of landfalling hurricanes which occasionally cross the state, Bartow has on rare occasion been affected severely, most recently in 2004 when Hurricanes Charley, Francis and Jeanne crossed the state with the center of all three storms coming close to Bartow. The most severe of these, Charley rapidly crossed Polk County as a Category 3 storm, destroying up to a third of Bartow's famous oak trees.

Bartow Education
The Schools in Bartow are under direction of the School Board of Polk County, Florida.

High Schools - Bartow High School (Formerly Summerlin Institute); International Baccalaureate World School (located on the BHS Campus); Summerlin Academy (Opened Fall 2006)

Middle Schools - Bartow Middle School (Formerly Bartow Junior High School); Union Academy Magnet Middle School (Formerly Union Academy High School <formerly African-American High School>)

Elementary Schools - James E. Stephens Elementary School; Gibbons Street Elementary School; Floral Avenue Elementary School; Bartow Elementary Academy

Other Schools - Gause Academy; Polk Life and Learning Center

Private Schools- First Methodist School; Word of Life Christian School.

Bartow Economy
The Phosphate mining industry located west of Bartow is the largest in the United States. While Polk County is no longer the leading citrus growing county in the United States, it still plays a role in the economy of Bartow and Polk County. As the seat of government of a county with almost half a million people, State and County governments are a large employer in Bartow. The local Ford dealership, Bartow Ford, is one of the largest new car dealerships in the country with some of the highest sales in the nation.


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