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Florida is a state located in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
Bartow is a municipality located in Central Florida east of the Tampa Bay area. In 2005, the population of the city was 16,278 and an area of 29.4 square kilometers. It is the county seat of Polk County. Bartow was named in honor of Francis S. Bartow, the first Confederate officer to die in the American Civil War. Much of that land is undeveloped, although the city has rezoned much of it for residential use and it is estimated that the population of Bartow may increase threefold in the next couple of decades.  
In the city the population was spread out with 24.7 percent under the age of 18, 9.0 percent from 18 to 24, 28.0 percent from 25 to 44, 21.4 percent from 45 to 64, and 16.9 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.
Florida is a popular travel destination for visitors and globe trotters from all over the world who appreciate its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, various local cuisine, hospitality and safety.

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