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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    NG
Southwest is a neighborhood in Lakeland, Florida with a population of 6,281. Southwest is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Southwest offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Southwest and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Southwest are above average.
About Southwest...
Population
6,281

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$137,685
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$930
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,706
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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Lakeland has a great balance of chains as well as privately owned businesses. One area in which the smaller business get to shine is our vast array of markets. Our downtown market features all sorts of local vendors and this has grown into multiple markets around Lakeland. Even our Dixieland area has grown into a thriving street with the ever so popular, Fat Maggies restaurant, a new coffee house, and health studio.
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There are a lot of really great privately owned restaurants here that offer an array of unique dining options. Downtown does have a small bar scene but there isn't much of a night life in Lakeland. However, Lakeland has been expanding their beer options with the opening of two breweries in the last year.
Lakeland has a wide range of employment and one of the strongest companies is Publix. Publix supermarket has their headquarters here in Lakeland and they offer wonderful opportunities to their employees. Many retail and restaurant jobs are available here as well as multiple opportunities to open your own business.