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Moving to Lakeland, FL

Lakeland is a medium-sized city in Polk County, Florida, located near Tampa. Lakeland is the largest city in the Lakeland-Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area and has a population just above 100,000.

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Lakeland History

Like much of Central Florida, the area that is now Lakeland was first inhabited by Paleo-Indians during the last ice age and who stayed in the area until they were almost completely wiped out as a result of diseases and genocide caused by Spanish conquistadors. The few native peoples that remained eventually merged with the Creek Indian tribes to become the Seminole tribe. Polk County was established as a county in 1861. However, non-native settlers did not inhabit the area that is now Lakeland until several years later. Learn more about Lakeland history:



Lakeland Weather

Lakeland experiences an average of 50 inches of rain per year and rarely sees snow due to its subtropical climate. Winters are very mild and temperatures rarely dip below 50 degrees. Summers are hot with the July average being 92 degrees. Learn more about Lakeland weather:

Lakeland Transportation

Lakeland is the largest city on Interstate-4 between Tampa and Orlando and the city has become an important transportation hub in the area. Public transportation in Lakeland includes an Amtrak passenger train station, a Greyhound terminal, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, and Citrus Connection local bus service. Learn more about Lakeland transportation:

Cost of Living in Lakeland

Not only is the cost of living in Lakeland 9.2% less than the Florida state average, it is also 8.1% less than the U.S. national average. See how far your budget will stretch in Lakeland:

Lakeland Schools

Lakeland’s elementary, middle, and high schools are run by the Polk County Public Schools. Lakeland is also home to several charter schools, private schools, and colleges and universities. Learn more about Lakeland schools:

Lakeland Hospitals

Lakeland Regional Medical Center is the fifth largest hospital in the state of Florida and is part of Lakeland Regional Health, a not-for-profit health system. LRMC has the busiest single-site emergency department in Florida. If you’re planning a move to Lakeland, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available to you:

Lakeland Real Estate

The average listing price of a home in Lakeland is $171,090. However, listing prices vary by neighborhood. Some popular neighborhoods in Lakeland include Lake Hollingsworth and Lake Morton Historic District. Browse Lakeland real estate listings to find the perfect home for you:



Lakeland Hotels

Lakeland has a variety of accommodations for visitors including well-known chain hotels such as the Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Hyatt Place. For a change of pace, visitors can enjoy a stay at the historic Lakeland Terrace Hotel. Find the perfect place to stay in Lakeland:

Lakeland Restaurants

There is a variety of places to eat in Lakeland. Seafood is always a popular item due to its freshness (Lakeland is fairly close to the Gulf Coast). Other popular food options include pizza, Italian and Cuban cuisine. Find your favorite Lakeland Restaurant:

Things to Do in Lakeland

Visitors and locals alike can enjoy Lakeland’s numerous parks and lakes which are home to an array of wildlife; Lakeland is famous for its swans that are often seen on the lakes. Non-outdoorsy types can catch a movie at one of Lakeland’s movie theaters, tour the Polk Museum of Art, or visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at Florida Southern College. Browse all Lakeland attractions:

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