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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
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Lakeland is a city in Florida with a population of 104,165. Lakeland is in Polk County. 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
104,165

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$119,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$931
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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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
    133.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    67.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    82.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    531.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,999.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    194.6
    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
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 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
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Lakeland

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,033
National
$55,322
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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!
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Lakeland certainly has a diverse population with plenty of things to do. Living within 45 minutes of either Tampa or Orlando, you aren't far from the hot spots of Central Florida. Additionally, Lakeland is home to the Detroit Tigers for spring training, so the sports life is a huge deal around here. You'll find everything from hometown cafes to fine dining in the downtown area, as well as plenty of dietary-friendly establishments! Sometimes, things may seem quite political, especially around election years, but it's something you can usually ignore. Overall, Lakeland was the best choice I made when I moved to Florida from the North.
Lakeland, Fl is a nice town with lots of things to do. I've lived in lakeland my entire life and really love it! Theres nice malls, restaurants, parks, shops, and many job opportunities. The traffic is always bad around the same time very single day; 5pm-6:30pm. Lakeland is a nice place to live and you'll always see someone you know no matter where you go!