Davenport, Florida

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Davenport is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 1.925 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 1,994.[1] 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 growth. It is part of the LakelandWinter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The first white settlement in the area now known as Davenport was in January 1839 when the U.S. military set up Fort Cummings as a place to negotiate with the Seminoles to end the Second Seminole War. In spite of their efforts, the fort only lasted a few years.[4]

Geography and climate

Davenport is located at 28°09′38″N 81°36′10″W / 28.160530°N 81.602651°W / 28.160530; -81.602651.[5] Davenport is located within the Central Florida Highlands area of the Atlantic coastal plain with a terrain consisting of flatland interspersed with gently rolling hills.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 km² (1.6 mi²). 4.0 km² (1.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (3.68%) is water.

Davenport is located in the humid subtropical zone (Köppen climate classification: Cfa).[7]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,924 people, 708 households, and 536 families residing in the city. The population density was 476.2/km² (1,230.5/mi²). There were 913 housing units at an average density of 226.0/km² (583.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.85% White, 6.91% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 4.52% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.12% of the population.

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