Fort Meade is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,691 at the 2000 census. As of 2004[update], the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 5,761. It is part of the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was named for George Meade, at the time an Army lieutenant serving in Florida following the Second Seminole War. Fort Meade is home to Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School, several historic buildings, Streamsong resort and Patterson Park. The area is popular with kayakers and canoers.