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The undesirable life style - 3/19/2013
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Melissa
Lakeland, FL

Lakeland, FL is like living in another country all together. The closest thing I've come to it is old Russia under communist reign. The people here are very poorly educated. Even those with four year degrees, who seem to think that makes them very educated, haven't a clue. The lack of social graces, compassion, kindness, and the ability to relate to other human beings can certainly change the views of those who truly believe in evolution. An example a man and a child were shot at a local flea market what did people do? They walked right over top of them and continued shopping. This is common behavior and normal for them! The majority love their tattos, drugs and drinking and partying and have no vision or plans for the future. Other than who or what they will be having sex with that night. They do not care who you are and they do not want anything to do with you unless your going to give them something for "free". The area is in a state of despair. The people here think they should be paid to sit on their butts because they are them but do not think they should have to pay you! Four degrees and 15 years of experience in one field and they will only give you $8 an hour! No kidding. They seem to believe that they have a right to everything that is not theres. We are on a street that has the lowest crime rate in Lakeland, which doesn't say much and have been robbed four times. The quality of life..well there just isn't any. People here are so full of themselves and hostile that it will rob you of any hope of life, dreams, desires and any type of real future. The longer you stay the worse it gets. This place will suck the life out of you and then laugh and pat its self on the back. Where in the world do these people come from? The locals blame the snowbirds but they behave the same way. The locals say its because it's a melting pot well I got news for you so is most of America and people do not behave this way in NC, SC, GA, or TN..hell not even AL. So it is simply a lame excuse. Do not bring your children here! This is the worse place for children. The schools are awful and the future of your child will be robbed. Horrible place.

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Melissa
Lakeland, FL

The undesirable life style - 3/19/2013

Lakeland, FL is like living in another country all together. The closest thing I've come to it is old Russia under communist reign. The people here are very poorly educated. Even those with four year degrees, who seem to think that makes them very educated, haven't a clue. The lack of social graces, compassion, kindness, and the ability to relate to other human beings can certainly change the views of those who truly believe in evolution. An example a man and a child were shot at a local flea market what did people do? They walked right over top of them and continued shopping. This is common behavior and normal for them! The majority love their tattos, drugs and drinking and partying and have no vision or plans for the future. Other than who or what they will be having sex with that night. They do not care who you are and they do not want anything to do with you unless your going to give them something for "free". The area is in a state of despair. The people here think they should be paid to sit on their butts because they are them but do not think they should have to pay you! Four degrees and 15 years of experience in one field and they will only give you $8 an hour! No kidding. They seem to believe that they have a right to everything that is not theres. We are on a street that has the lowest crime rate in Lakeland, which doesn't say much and have been robbed four times. The quality of life..well there just isn't any. People here are so full of themselves and hostile that it will rob you of any hope of life, dreams, desires and any type of real future. The longer you stay the worse it gets. This place will suck the life out of you and then laugh and pat its self on the back. Where in the world do these people come from? The locals blame the snowbirds but they behave the same way. The locals say its because it's a melting pot well I got news for you so is most of America and people do not behave this way in NC, SC, GA, or TN..hell not even AL. So it is simply a lame excuse. Do not bring your children here! This is the worse place for children. The schools are awful and the future of your child will be robbed. Horrible place.

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karen
Columbus, GA

I want to move to lakeland - 11/4/2012

i want to know more about lakeland living..

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Frank
Kennesaw, GA

Updating the Population Count - 5/31/2012

According to the 2012 estimated Census by the Census Bureau, Lakeland has a population of 97,422 and since there are 244,000 with a Lakeland postal address, This should be considered.

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Jim
Portland, OR

Review and Question. - 1/7/2010

I enjoyed the review of living in Lakeland for 17 years. Unfortunately I could not read the end of it, as it seems to have run out of space. I would like to have read the remainder of it. I have visited Lakeland and do enjoy it for its location and cost of living. I also like the fact it feels like an actual community with a downtown, with the lakes and walking areas. It is not overwhelming in population and traffic jams. I toy with the idea of retiring there. I have some concerns about the area though. My biggest concern is that it may not be welcoming to all. There are some strong overtones in the culture I have noticed when visiting, that it is a very conservative culture based region. I don't mind the culture or the conservative views. I do however mind if I am not welcomed there, and then made to feel I have no right to notice it or its effects. I have found no other community in Fla like Lakeland for its small city feel that seems very self contained with shopping, Medical and close proximity to other large metro's. Unfortunately though my concerns seem to be more than just concerns, I feel there is something to them based on both instincts and observations. I wonder has anyone else observed or felt Lakeland is very nice, but may be difficult for some people from elsewhere.

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Karen
Lakeland, FL

Very family-oriented & family friendly - 5/5/2009

Great place to raise a young family. Plenty of free and inexpensive things to do every week/end. Just gets a little hot sometimes.

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Joanna
Lakeland, FL

State of the economy - 6/13/2008

The economy is bad every where but here is worse than a lot of areas. The real estate market has died there are know jobs and the ones that are out there do not pay anything. Women are grossly underpaid. Polk county is still a good old boy area and that makes if hard for a single mother.

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Abhd
St. Petersburg, FL

Not the ideal place to live - 6/1/2008

Lakeland is perfect if you want to live a secluded life around a lot of shallow, uneducated people who move there just to be able to afford a second story house. There is barely anything to do and if you move there especially with kids, there is no doubt that they will resort to drugs and drinking out of boredom. Sure, there are movies to go to, but be ready to drive 30 or more minutes to any entertainment center. The roads are long, everything is spaced apart and every other area is a ghetto. Of course, the city tries to mask this with the development communities and whatnot.

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Marcy
Lakeland, FL

Job market is not great right now - 10/16/2007

If you are in construction, Lakeland isn't the place to be. This town has grown so much since I moved here in 1989. Florida is ok if you enjoy extremely long hot hot summers, hurricanes and high home owners insurance rates. UGH... just looking for some relief

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Rosa
Lakeland, FL

Simply Charming in excellent location - 9/24/2007

Lakeland is downright charming. It has grown a lot over the last decade, but the city management has done an excellent job of keeping up with the roads, and infrestructure. The businesses are booming and keeping up with the demand for dining services and entertainment. The only down side to Lakeland is the lack of education. Polk County has low education per capita. Lakeland is growing, and their best schools are on the south side, if you're looking to move here. Located 30 minutes from Tampa and about 45 from Orlando, Lakeland is the home of many executive commuters; which I believe is where a lot of the educated and wealth comes into Lakeland.

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Craig
Lakeland, FL

It's Hot - 4/18/2007

If your from the North the heat can be unbearable. It can be difficult to breathe at times. But you can't beat the year round golf!

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Doug
Lakeland, FL

Lakeland FL - after 17 years - 1/15/2007

The quality of life in Lakeland, Florida is a based on my experiences living in several U.S. cities. As an adult, I have lived in, Suburban Philadelphia, Newport News, VA, Shreveport, LA and Suburban Boston. We moved to Lakeland, FL after living most of our lives in suburban Philadelphia. The first few years here we experienced a sleepy small Florida city midway between Orlando and Tampa. Traveling around the city was very easy. One could travel from one end of the city to other in 20 minutes time. In the early 90’s when we arrived, the city was in very poor condition many of the downtown buildings were boarded and there were only a few surviving businesses. Eventually these businesses two department stores moved to the north side of Lakeland to the new mall. The downtown area was very bad, no commerce, no life. It was a decaying city shell. Over time a Downtown Development Authority was formed, and the authority took on the task of revitalizing the downtown area. I’m not certain when the authority started this task but they have done a miraculous job. The downtown area is very attractive, clean, and growing more and more vibrant each year. The downtown area is home to many businesses ranging from unique retail businesses to large corporations like Publix corporate offices and Watson Transportation Corporate offices. The downtown area boasts many restaurants, antique stores and boutiques. Downtown Lakeland is now sprouting fashionable “high rise” residence buildings, and town homes to attract permanent downtown residents. The residences are being completed by way of renovating historic buildings into attractive period piece buildings. I say “high rise” because the tallest buildings downtown are the turn of the century hotels. The metamorphosis of the city over the past seventeen years is remarkable. Downtown Lakeland is turning into central Florida gem. On the other hand, the area around Lakeland has grown dramatically too and unfortunately the planning that has made the downtown area appealing has not taken root in the surrounding Polk County area. The developers have scalped the earth of vegetation. Citrus trees and long standing native Florida scrub have been replaced by boxy mass produced houses, miles and miles of cookie cutter houses. Many of the people in the surrounding Lakeland area commute to Tampa or Orlando, and the roads are continually clogged with automobiles. To travel 6 miles to work from home takes 30 minutes. Most of the

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Edward
Lakeland, FL

True Best Deal - 12/29/2006

One of the best Towns in Florida, great central location and lowest cost of living including home ownership, GET in NOW while interest rates are LOW, ITS a Buyer's MARKET I've been in Florida 20 yrs and in Lakeland only 1.5 yrs, take my word this is a great location to start a family or bring up a family & retire, you can catch a game or play golf or boating in our many Lakes, or take the kids to our great parks, also plenty of Churches or Air shows and local Celebrations in our Lakeside parks or just go home and enjoy a few Drinks with your Honey and then start thinking of that honeydo list.

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valerie
Lakeland, FL

Ok in winter, too hot in summer - 12/29/2006

We moved to Lakeland over 3 yrs. ago from Mich. Winters are nice , but summers are brutal, its alright if you like really hot humid weather.

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Fran
Lakeland, FL

Best move I've made - 9/24/2006

We moved to Lakeland two years ago and find it has the best to offer for a mid size city with a great plan for the future. It really shows, the effort in proper rebuilding and planning when a city feels and looks as great as Lakeland. Not to big, not to small, just right.

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John
Lakeland, FL

Pretty nice town to live - 8/13/2006

We moved here from PA. Lakeland is a nice area with alot to do outdoors and the weather is very nice if you like the warmer weather like us. Sure you don't get the 4 seasons like you do in the north but getting mild winters is great. Also it is no hotter here than anywhere up north in the summer, just lasts a few months longer at the higher temps. I was fortunate to transfer with my job and making the same pay as I did before, maybe even alittle better. But from what I hear the pay scale here is pretty low. We like the area and the climate and there's alot to see and do in nearby Tampa and Orlando. Some of the bad points are the insurance. Very high auto and home insurance, especially the home insurance. Definitely take that into consideration if you are moving here. Home ins. is a big issue right now and they wanna raise rates 70% or more so you're talking about a few grand a year which is completely out of hand. So much so that quite a few of the people in Florida are moving out. Also, with the transient society it's hard to make friends and the way people drive is terrible. But overall we really like it here. One thing to note: the people originally from Florida do not like all of the people coming to their state in herds everyday. I work with a few and if you treat them right and show that you're not an idiot with no regard for their state, they will welcome you.

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allison
Hempstead, NY

New to Lakeland - 8/8/2006

I recently moved to Lakeland. I am a teacher. So far my experience with Polk County Schools has been positive. It seems like they are really working hard to make the schools the best they can be. I find that people complain about the schools everywhere so you have to take it with a grain of salt. Lakeland is a lovely little city. There are beautiful lakes and a charming downtown. As for traffic, congestion, overcrowding I'll just say this...I'm from NYC where the average commute is 90 minutes and the population is in the millions. This is nothing to complain about. My commute here is about 20 minutes with virtually no traffic. If you're looking for a vibrant small town vibe, Lakeland's got it.

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Angela
Lakeland, FL

I've lived in Lakeland all my life! - 6/19/2006

I lived in teh same house in Lakeland, FL all my life (18 years). I've seen most of the US by travel and some otehr countries. I still wouldn't move from my house, I'm surrounded by the best elementary school, middle and the most populated high school in Polk County. Plus, I've Polk Community College/USF right down the road, less than 5 minutes. There are some great places to picnic, and fire ants aren't that much of a problem when you go to the parks. Downtown Lakeland has sidewalks and is a beautiful place for music, dining and just going to the park. We've got a few great alkes that you can walk around. The commute is not bad at all. I mean, I drive on teh busiest road there is in Lakeland that I can think of, and that's Hwy 98. There really isn't that much traffic unless it's between 7:45-8:00 am and 5:15-5:45 pm. But, that is just about anywhere. But, overall, I LOVE Lakeland and I wouldn't give it up for anything (unless I had a ranch...)! -Angela, 18, Lakeland, FL

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Maria
Lakeland, FL

Too Crowded - 5/20/2006

We moved to Lakeland in Summer of 2000. As of 2006, the traffic is unbearable. The congestion, and over development is just too much. There is nothing green. Concrete, and stores, and roads, no beauty left....Subdivisions upon subdivisions, all homes look alike....The weather is warm, but you can keep the fire ants, and inability to picnic, or garden! This is a cool place if you want the cookie cutter track home in a subdivision where you have no trees or sidewalks, and nosy neighbors. School system, Polk County is the worst. Do not move here if you have a child with special needs. I would not endorse a move to Lakeland, unless you like traffic, too many people, and not enough services to support the influx moving here.

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Jim Planty
Lakeland, FL

Lakelands Growing - 2/4/2006

I've been living here in Lakeland since Nov. 2000. It wasn’t too bad at that time, but since then, their has been quite an explosion in Development. From major road work and Land developed, to expansion of Retail. Real Estate has appreciated as much as 25% in some areas and after the four Hurricanes of 2004 that Damage trees and power lines Property Taxes and Home Owner Insurance clime steadily. Crime and Auto Accidents are becoming more common as is the Drug and Alcohol Problem, causing Auto Insurance to increase as well. Schools can’t keep up with the Growth, increasing with Cubicles (Modular Class Rooms) because they can’t build fast enough. As Lakeland is growing in size so are the issues. I here people frequently complaining that they can’t afford their Homes because their employment isn’t keeping up with the Cost of Living here. A Professional may differ in their perception as Income may distance them from some of these issues. Finally, Lakeland is quickly becoming a small City, as the Community tries to keep up with the issues of rapid growth, service are at times at their limits. A Doctor Visit may have a wait of 90 minutes, Last year I had to go to The Emergency Room at 6am; I sat until 10am before I was “seen” by a Doctor. If you choose to relocate to Lakeland it does have great qualities, but there are other resources for that information. My intent her in is to balance that information with some of the reality’s of living here in Lakeland (CENTRAL Florida). JNPlanty

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