Drainage outside of the floodplain ranges from good to excessive for the most part except for a poorly drained band which cuts across the northern part of town.
Much of Bartow is built on the Fort Meade soil series, which is well drained, high in organic matter, and rich in phosphorus, an uncommon combination in Florida, much appreciated by area gardeners.
) is the county seat of Polk County, Florida, United States.
Founded in 1851 as Fort Blount, the city was renamed in honor of Francis S. Census Bureau 2000 Census, the city had a population of 15,340 and an estimated population of 16,959 in 2009. Route 98 and State Road 60, which provide access to locations throughout Central Florida.
The area is in the center of "lightning alley", the most concentrated lightning strike area in the United States.
Lightning is not the only threat from central Florida thunderstorms.
The current school within the school, Summerlin Academy, is named in honor of the former school name.
The climate of Bartow and other inland cities is slightly different than those cities on the coasts of Florida.
Typically, the ocean or gulf tends to moderate the climate of cities on the coast.
The more severe storms bring the threat of tornadoes, although Florida tornadoes very rarely reach the size of those elsewhere in the United States.
Even hail is not out of the question; one storm in March 1996 caused a one-foot accumulation of hail in areas of Bartow.