Lakeland, FL

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Lakeland, FL

About Lakeland, FL

Lakeland, Florida is a vibrant city filled with activities and attractions for visitors of all ages. The downtown district has something for everyone, from the beautiful Lake Mirror Promenade to the wonderful shops and restaurants found in the Historic District. Thrill-seekers can head to Lakeland Linder International Airport for an adrenaline rush, while nature lovers can explore the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve or take a leisurely stroll through Frank Lloyd Wright's majestic Bok Tower Gardens. History buffs will love visiting the Polk Museum of Art, which houses numerous works spanning centuries of artistic traditions. With its beautiful parks and lakes, intriguing history, and many dining and entertainment options, Lakeland is sure to be an exciting destination. Mid-sized city/Resort city - Central Florida, 25 miles inland from the Tampa Bay area.

State: Florida
County: Polk County
Metro Area: Lakeland-Winter Haven Metro Area
City: Lakeland
Zip Codes: 33810 33801 33809 33803 33805 33815
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 214 ft above sea level

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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Lakeland Cost of Living

Leisure activities, cost of living, and attractive setting make Lakeland a great place to live.

-19.7% lower than avg
-30.3% lower than avg
$953 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-20.5% lower than avg
Lakeland Crime
66.7 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Lakeland
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Low educational attainment
   Attractive setting
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Over 3 years ago

I used to live in Lakeland, It is hot, humid, crowded and getting more crowded, Most of the people are rude and unfriendly. I was born in the area and visit sometimes to  More

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Over 3 years ago

been there a few times i love it and i a m planning to ove this  More

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Over 6 years ago

Perhas if one is from this area, it is different I don't know. It is so dull and seems comfortable being so. There isn't much of a variety of people here, which I   More

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