Davenport is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,925 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population assessed by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,994. While the city of Davenport itself is very small, the area north of the city close to Interstate 4 and US 27 is experiencing explosive development. It pertains the Lakeland-- Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its near distance to Walt Disney World makes it a very popular area for tourists desiring to go to the renowned theme park. The greater area of Davenport consists of the area up to the southern border of Lake County and the western border of Osceola County. The actual city of Davenport is very small and has very little commercial enterprise. The greater Davenport area has multiple hotels/motels and restaurants and is expanding quickly.
The average earnings for a household in the city was $ 29,408, and the median income for a family was $ 41,000. Males had a median income of $ 31,341 versus $ 25,492 for females. The per capita income for the city was $ 15,544. About 7.2 % of families and 10.8 % of the population were below the poverty line, featuring 10.6 % of those below age 18 and 10.8 % of those age 65 or above.
The area around Davenport in northeast Polk County used to be focused all over the distant Circus World amusement park. It was redeveloped in 1987 into Boardwalk and Baseball and incorporated a minor league baseball park that would bring in spring training and minor league baseball teams for the Kansas City Royals, earning the area the moniker "Baseball City". The amusement park failed in 1990, and the Royals left for Arizona and the Cactus League in 2003. The Baseball City name is now extinct, and the area around the stadium (which was demolished in 2005) has been redeveloped into Posner Park, a large outdoor shopping mall.
Davenport is normally a place to visit if you're trying to find a smaller, relaxed town to stay in while visiting some of the many attractions nearby. Most often, visitors to Davenport use the town as a jumping-off point to visit places like Walt Disney World, Epcot, MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Sea World and Wet 'n' Wild Water Park, all located in Orlando, just a short drive away.
Some other interests incorporates: Lake Wales Museum (325 S. Scenic Hwy. Lake Wales which aims to be the historical record of Lake Wales and is also referred to as Depot Museum), Historic Bok Sanctuary (1151 Tower Blvd. in Lake Wales, presenting an estate with gardens and bell tower. The grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.), Lake Kissimmee State Park (featuring boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, nature trails, horse trails, and picnicking).
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