Bartow 68 Good
Bartow Livability #491 ranked city in Florida#8,469 ranked city in the USARanks better than 71% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Bartow

  • Cost Of Living

    The overall cost of living in this area is much lower than average. This includes everyday goods and services, as well as housing, utilities and health care.

  • Housing

    This area has received high scores in the housing category. This could be due to a positive home affordability ratio, high appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive things to say about the proximity of restaurants, grocery stores, parks, public transit, friendliness of neighbors, sense of community and overall safety of the area.

  • Amenities

    A majority of amenities are not ideally situated within a reasonable walking distance, which may lead residents to rely on a vehicle or public transportation.

  • Commute

    Public transportation is not readily available in this area and the average commute time to work could also be longer than the national average.

  • Health & Safety

    Poor air quality and the inaccessibility of certain health related facilities like hospitals, clinics, doctors and pharmacies could have all contributed to the low score in this category.

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What's it like Living in Bartow?

Located in the state of Florida, Bartow is a moderately-sized city with a population of 19,762 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, Bartow is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. All the single ladies and all the single fellas might want to take notice as only 48% of the Bartow population is married.

Living in Bartow can be a good experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of Florida, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! When searching for a new neighborhood, several factors play a vital role in determining its suitability. Safety should be a top priority, ensuring a secure environment with low crime rates. Proximity to your workplace or school helps minimize commuting time and allows for a better work-life balance. Availability of essential amenities such as parks, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and healthcare facilities contributes to convenience and well-being. Access to reliable public transportation options facilitates easy commuting and connectivity. Additionally, considering the sense of community and the overall atmosphere that resonates with your lifestyle and preferences fosters a harmonious living experience. With useful information like crime, cost of living, commute, health & safety, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Bartow and in the areas around Bartow is a much easier task.

Bartow, FL receives 70 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #380 in Florida and #6,507 in the USA. If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Bartow ranks well for crime (B-) and housing (A+). There are some categories that Bartow does not rank well for, including: amenities (F) and employment (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

The Bartow unemployment rate of 2.38% has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. The result could lead to reduced poverty and inequality in the area, higher wages and increased economic growth. This is a positive sign in the overall health of the local economy.

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Bartow apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

Assuming that Bartow meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Bartow. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Bartow are simply unattainable. The median home price for Bartow homes is $157,300, which is 5.7% lower than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Bartow, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 2.9% lower than the Florida average.

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      Bartow transportation information

      Statistic Bartow Florida National
      Average one way commute22min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work82.5%79.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.0%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.1%2.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.9%0.7%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.3%1.5%2.8%
      Working from home2.8%5.4%4.6%
      Source: The Bartow, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).