The Lakeland Community
Recognized nationally by Money Magazine as the 10th “Best Place to Live in America” in 1998, for medium-sized cities in the south, Lakeland offers its residents an exceptional quality of life, a convenient central Florida location, affordable housing and low taxes.
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Lakeland was founded way back in 1885 and today is a pleasing blend of the old and new to suit most every taste.
While today the general area is becoming a Mecca for distribution, warehousing and light industry… in days gone by Lakeland’s primary economical base was supported by citrus groves, cattle ranches, farming & phosphate mines.
Today’s population exceeds 171,000 in the near by greater Lakeland metropolitan area & over 472,000 in Polk County proper. We are only 45 minutes from Tampa on the west coast and less than an hour to Orlando and Disney World.
Our area is renowned for it’s outdoor activities, exceptional recreational facilities, water sports and all the many lakes from which we originally get our name.
For more information on the Lakeland area we suggest you visit our local Lakeland Chamber of Commerce website to take an even closer look around. (link opens a new window)
What's with the Name - Lakeland
The dominant feature in Lakeland is the city’s many lakes. 38 lakes are named, with a number of other bodies of water unnamed, mostly phosphate mine pits that eventually filled with water. The largest of these is Lake Parker, which is 2,550 acres in size. Much of the culture of Lakeland revolves around its many lakes, and many people use the lakes as reference points in much the same way that people in other towns use streets as reference points. In addition to Lake Parker, some of the more prominent lakes in the Lakeland area are Lake Hollingsworth, Lake Morton, Lake Mirror, and Lake Gibson.
Lakeland is the largest city on I-4 between Orlando & Tampa. Large industries in the Lakeland area are citrus, cattle, phosphate mining, medicine, insurance, & transportation. Lakeland’s largest employer is Publix Supermarkets.
Lakeland, like most other parts of Florida, is located in the humid subtropical zone. Typically, summers are hot and humid with high temperatures seldom dropping below 90 °F and 70 °F for the overnight low. Like most of Central Florida, afternoon thunderstorms are the norm throughout the summer. Winters in Lakeland are drier and mild, with frequent sunny skies. High temperatures range from the low 70s during the day and lower 50s at night. Rare cold snaps drop temperatures below freezing every few years.
28 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 5 traditional high schools, and 3 magnet-choice high schools in the Lakeland area are run by the Polk County School Board.