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Auburndale is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 11,032 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city had a population of 12,381. It is part of the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. Auburndale was founded in 1880 by Fran[[k Fuller seeking refuge from chilly winters in the Northeast United States. Early on, the city became a refuge for many of America's most prominent artists.
The city is located 40 miles northeast of Tampa and 59 miles southwest of Orlando. Auburndale is located within the Central Florida Highlands area of the Atlantic coastal plain with a terrain consisting of flatland interspersed with gently rolling hills.