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Lakeland, Florida   Add Favorite    23 Reviews | Review This Place




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-Winter Haven 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.


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Quick Facts About Lakeland


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Lakeland is 5.30 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Lakeland jobs have Increased by 1.31 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Lakeland's cost of living is 8.80% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Lakeland's population is 104,401 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 47.93 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 29 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Lakeland is $129,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -16.65 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Lakeland public schools spend $9,657 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 15.1 students per teacher in Lakeland.

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  4/9/2016
Lakeland is beautiful

As a native Lakelander, I have watched my hometown grow over the years to close to 100,000. Our hometown is blessed with many beautiful parks and lakes, and is...

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  11/4/2014
Is It Safe?

People make Lakeland and most of Florida for that matter, out to be a war zone. Where is it safe to...

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  5/1/2014
Buy a Home in lake land fl

My husband and I are thinking about moving to lake land fl my question is how is lake land to live at this time. I will appreciate all the advise and the best school...

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