Florida is a state located in the United States, with a population of 20,527,617. It is divided into 67 counties, with the most populous county being Miami-Dade. The city of Mulberry is in Polk County and is part of the Lakeland-Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city has a suburban rural mix and is primarily a commuter town with a high percentage of residents owning their homes. The largest employer in the city is Badcock Home Furniture, which has its national headquarters in Mulberry.
Compared to the US average, Mulberry has a much lower average household income, with most residents making below the poverty line. The city also has a very low unemployment rate of 3.5%, which is significantly lower than the national average of 4.6%.
Most residents work in the private sector, with 81% of workers making between $23,635 and $68,477 per year. The majority of employees work commutes alone, with the most common mode of transportation being driving. The city is served by several schools, with most students attending either a public or private school.
Historically, the city has been heavily influenced by the phosphate industry. This has given the city a strong sense of pride in its heritage, as demonstrated by the Mulberry Phosphate Museum, which is dedicated to educating the public about the history and science behind this crucial mineral. In addition, the city is home to the corporate headquarters for Badcock Home Furniture, founded in 1904. Its corporate culture focuses on the importance of giving back to the community and a work-life balance.