The most populous cities in area code 863 are: Lakeland, Winter Haven, Sebring, Lake Wales, and Avon Park.
Other cities in the 863 area code include: Haines City, Arcadia, Bartow, Okeechobee, Wauchula, Labelle, Clewiston, Lake Placid, Mulberry, Kissimmee, Frostproof, Polk City, Moore Haven, Babson Park, Fort Meade, Dundee, Davenport, River Ranch, Plant City, and Zolfo Springs.
Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States, east of Tampa. According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimate, the city had a population of 100,710. Lakeland is a principal city of the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area (coterminous with Polk County), which had an estimated population of 623,009 in July 2013 based on data from the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research. It is twinned with Richmond Hill, Ontario ; Imabari, Ehime, Japan ; Balti, Moldova ; Portmore, Jamaica ; and Chongming County, Shanghai, China through the Lakeland chapter of Sister Cities International.Native Americans began to live in the area 12,000 years ago. White settlers arrived in Lakeland in the 1870s and the city expanded in the 1880s with the arrival of rail service. Lakeland is home to the 1,267-acre Circle B Bar Reserve.
Winter Haven is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 33,874 at the 2010 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2015 estimates, the city had a population of 37,689, making it the second most populated city in Polk County. It is a principal city of the Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Sebring is a city in Highlands County, Florida, United States, nicknamed "The City on the Circle", in reference to Circle Drive, the center of the Sebring Downtown Historic District. In 2010, the United States Census Bureau reported a population of 10,491. It is the county seat of Highlands County, and is the principal city of the Sebring Metropolitan Statistical Area. Sebring is the home of the Sebring International Raceway, created on a former airbase, first used in 1950. It hosted the 1959 Formula One United States Grand Prix, but is currently best known as the host of the 12 Hours of Sebring, an annual WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. Nearby Highlands Hammock State Park is a popular attraction. Additionally, the house where novelist Rex Beach committed suicide is located on one of Sebring's main lakes, Lake Jackson.
The 863 area code lies within the Eastern Daylight Time Zone (or EDT). The current time in Eastern Daylight Time is 2:04 PM on Jun 07, 2023.