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More than 70,000 people call Winter Haven home, 39,500 of which live inside the City limits, taking advantage of its year-round recreation climate and central location.  The City stretches over 40 square miles, eight of which take the form of sparkling, fun-filled lakes.  Winter Haven is known as the Chain of Lakes City with two chains connected by a renovated canal.  With 50 lakes inside the City limits, 22 boat ramps, 14 public docks and 30 waterfront parks, there is a multitude of fresh-water opportunities for both residents and visitors.

With a history in citrus, lakes, and Americana rock & roll, the Winter Haven, Florida experience is a chorus of modern lifestyle possibilities in harmony with our roots. Winter Haven is where affordable lake living is a reality, and water play is a requirement. It’s a place where there’s a concert on every corner and family excitement in every park. It’s that classic small town that chooses to differentiate itself with an understated cool vibe. Arts and culture, playful fun, music fusion, affordable homes, a craft brewery and local eateries are just a sampling of daily life.  And let’s not forget about Winter Haven’s hometown connection to family-friendly LEGOLAND Florida Resort just down the block from the City core.

Winter Haven continues to experience steady, quality growth as it transforms into a distinctively unique City, embracing the values and needs of its residents.  Partnerships and a cooperative spirit makes Winter Haven an attractive City for new businesses and entrepreneurs.  The City’s progress and success is owned by each of its residents, and planning for the future can never stop. Winter Haven is an exceptional destination offering all of life’s desires within its boundaries. Our staff looks forward to serving its residents, businesses and visitors as we all enjoy Winter Haven’s special lifestyle.