Bartow is located close to the center of Florida. Bartow is part of Polk County. Bartow has 45.87 square miles of land area and 6.41 square miles of water area. As of 2010-2014, the total Bartow population is 17,766, which has grown 15.81% since 2000. The population growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of 21.14% and is higher than the national average rate of 11.61%. Bartow median household income is $42,551 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 10.33% since 2000. The income growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of 21.62% and is much lower than the national average rate of 27.36%. Bartow median house value is $95,200 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 36.00% since 2000. The house value growth rate is lower than the state average rate of 48.06% and is lower than the national average rate of 46.91%. As a reference, the national Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate for the same period is 26.63%. On average, the public school district that covers Bartow is worse than the state average in quality. The Bartow area code is 863.