Winter Haven has the 816th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 11.3% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Winter Haven is part of the Lakeland metro area. Unemployment in the Lakeland area is 4%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Lakeland has the 122nd largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Winter Haven is below average at $39,030, and the median cost of a home in Winter Haven is $100,300, which is below the national average. 16% of workers in Winter Haven hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 83% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Winter Haven. 81% of Winter Haven workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 11% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Winter Haven spend an average of 22 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.