You'll Love Teaching in the Heart of Florida

Tampa Area

Raymond James Stadium
(Home of the Tampa Bay Bucs)
30 Minutes

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
45 Minutes

University of South Florida
25 Minutes

Museum of Science and Industry
25 Minutes

New York Yankees
(Spring Training Camp)
30 Minutes

Busch Gardens
30 Minutes

Tampa Airport
45 Minutes

Florida Aquarium
30 Minutes

Lowry Park Zoo
35 Minutes

Orlando Area

Orlando Arena
(Magic Basketball)
40 Minutes

Disney World
20 Minutes

20 Minutes

Sea World
30 Minutes

Pleasure Island
20 Minutes

University of Central Florida
45 Minutes

Atlanta Braves
(Spring Training Camp)
30 Minutes

Orlando Airport
45 Minutes

Universal Studios
35 Minutes


Coastal Area

St. Pete Beach
1 Hour

Long Boat Key
1 1/2 Hours


Key West
7 Hours


2 Hours

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One of the great things about working in Polk County is living in Polk County!  Located in the center of Florida's citrus belt, Polk County green landscape is dotted with more than 600 spring-fed lakes where boating, water-skiing and fishing are popular activities.  Local attractions, such as Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and Bok Tower Gardens, take advantage of the beautiful county side and lush vegetation.

The area's 485,000 residents live in 17 small cities and towns where friendliness and Southern hospitality are a way of life.  The mild Florida climate allows year-round outdoor activities, including major and minor league baseball.  A variety of musical and theatrical groups perform throughout the county, and The Lakeland Center attracts top-name entertainment.

Polk County is only an hour away from great cultural and sporting events in Orlando and Tampa, and less than two hours from the beaches on either coast.

Population of Polk County communities

Community   Population
Auburndale   9,994
Davenport   2,138
Haines City   14,164
Lake Alfred   3,904
Lake Hamilton   1,172
Lakeland   78,450
Polk City   1,902
Winter Haven   26,182

Source:  The Bureau of Economic & Business Research, University of Florida