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Pros

-Leisure activities
-Cost of living
-Attractive setting

Cons

-Growth & sprawl
-Low educational attainment
-Summer heat and humidity


What Bert Has To Say About Lakeland Metro Area


Lakeland historically has been a major agricultural center with citrus growing, processing, and distribution, and a large phosphate mining industry mainly to the west. Winter Haven is a rapidly growing resort area to the east, and both places, taking advantage of a strategic location between major Florida centers of Tampa Bay and Orlando and relatively low housing costs, are becoming retirement and family living destinations.

The supermarket chain Publix is the largest private employer, and generates employment through a number of its suppliers. There is also a large hospital and health care complex. Not surprisingly from the area’s name, nearby lakes provide an assortment of watersports, and the region has a growing number of golf-course communities. Baseball spring training camps round out the entertainment options.

Florida Southern University brings a small college-town element and features the largest collection of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright in one place. The walkable downtown Lakeland is on the rebound, with renewal projects and some new residential construction along a small lakefront. Cost of living and especially housing have grown but remain reasonable by Florida standards, but downsides include areas of overdevelopment and a surprisingly low educational attainment. As reflected in commute statistics, some do commute to the Tampa Bay area.

Lakeland–Winter Haven has a level landscape with a mix of open agricultural, orchard, and wooded areas of stately cypress trees. The humid subtropical climate creates very warm, humid, summer days with highs in the 90’s, lows in the upper 60’s and 70’s, and frequent afternoon showers and thundershowers. Winters are mild with a few days of below freezing temperatures each year, but lingering cold weather seldom occurs. The inland location prevents major damage from hurricanes.


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Quick Facts About Lakeland


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Lakeland is 5.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Lakeland jobs have Increased by 2.29 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Lakeland's cost of living is 12.10% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Lakeland's population is 98,317 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 11.58 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Lakeland is $98,200. Home appreciation the last year has been 6.20 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Lakeland public schools spend $10,471 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 15 students per teacher in Lakeland.

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Comments


re: The undesirable life style - 3/19/2013
Hi Melissa, Your post is very disheartening. I have heard similar stories about Florida in general. I am trying to find a safe low crime area outside of New York Metro... (read more)
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re: Review and Question. - 1/7/2010
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