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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Lakeland is a city in Florida with a population of 105,958. Lakeland is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Lakeland offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lakeland there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Lakeland and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Lakeland are above average.
About Lakeland...
Population
105,958

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$132,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$968
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Lakeland Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    182.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    42.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    96.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    435.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,496.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    185.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Lakeland

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,313
National
$55,322
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Lakeland Reviews

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Lakeland is a warm and inviting family-friendly city chock-full of wonderful experiences to be had. It has something for everyone, from music and art entertainment to nature walks. There are also a variety of restaurants and stores that provide excellent quality and services at reasonable prices. Lakeland has been my home for over 20 years and I love it!
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Attending high school and doing many leisure activities in Lakeland has allowed me to appreciate the community. I am very grateful to be in such a town where the arts are supported, the city is very up to date and clean, and overall gives a strong welcome to those who are new. It is very comforting to have a reliable town that provides experiences for any mood. Without this city, I wouldn't be able to have many of the remarkable experiences it has provided me with!
Lakeland is an amazing place to live! We have so many incredible small businesses and the best farmer's market in the world! Great weather, little traffic, and close to many world-class attractions.