Lakeland, Tennessee

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Lakeland, Tennessee

Introduction to Lakeland, Tennessee

Lakeland, Tennessee, in Shelby county, is 18 miles E of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is in the Memphis area. There are 6,862 residents in Lakeland.

Lakeland History

Lakeland is in Shelby County, which was created in the year 1819 by the Tennessee General Assembly’s act. The incorporation of the city was financed and conceived by Louis Garner. The first mayor of the Lakeland was Beverle Rivera. The first city meeting took place in 1977.

Lakeland and nearby Attractions

  • Pink Palace Museum
  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • Graceland
  • Meeman - Shelby Forest State Park
  • Fort Pillow State Park
  • Chucalissa Prehistoric Indian Village

Things To Do In Lakeland

The Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall Shopping Center is a popular shopping destination in the area. Local churches include Sunset Church and the Greater Bush Grove Church. The Fort Pillow State Park, the Wall Doxey State Park and the Fuller State Park offer various recreational facilities. The Memphis Zoo and Aquarium, the Putt-Putt Family Fun Park, the Davies Manor Plantation and the Memphis Motorsport Park are all in the area as well.

Lakeland Transportation

Memphis International is the nearest major airport.

Lakeland Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at the University of Memphis, Jackson State Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College.

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High Points

Lakeland strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Tennessee):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Lakeland People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Lakeland Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Lakeland Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Lakeland Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 6% Lakeland Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 7% Lakeland College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Lakeland, Tennessee

Comparing Lakeland to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Tennessee (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 10
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Racial Diversity 5 7
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Age of the Population 4 2
Senior Citizens 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 5 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
People Above Poverty 9 10
College Educated Adults 8 10
Median Family Income 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 5 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Short Commute Times 3 2
Public Transportation Use 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 5
People Living Alone 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 4
Affordability of Rents 2 1

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Lakeland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 18 miles E of Memphis, Tennessee
County Shelby
Metro Area Memphis
Standard Zip Codes 38002
Phone Area Codes 901
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.23
Longitude -89.74

Lakeland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 56 inches
Distance 33.5 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 48 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 74 F
Annual Precip 57 inches
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Lakeland Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,862 100%
Male 3,345 48.7%
Female 3,517 51.3%
Under 18 1,691 24.6%
18+ 5,171 75.4%
65+ 544 7.9%
Median Age 34.6
Average Family Size 2.94
White 6,283 91.6%
African-American 358 5.2%
Asian 122 1.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 9 0.1%
Other 34 0.5%
Mixed Race 56 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 101 1.5%

Estimated Lakeland Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,388
Growth 526
Growth % 7.7%

Lakeland Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 26.8%
Irish 14.7%
English 13%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.3%
German 12%
Italian 4.4%
Scottish 4.1%
European 2.7%
Dutch 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Czech 0.8%
Russian 0.8%
Polish 0.8%
Croatian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Swedish 0.3%
Celtic 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
British 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lakeland 6,862 $64,444
Arlington 2,569 $55,602
Bartlett 40,543 $69,962
Gallaway 666 $23,750
Germantown 37,348 $103,726
Millington 10,433 $44,495
Piperton 589 $62,500
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