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Overview

Introduction to Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, located approximately 35 miles east of Tampa and 55 miles southwest of Orlando along Interstate I-4. Neighboring communities include Polk City, Winter Haven, Bartow, Mulberry and Dover. The city is home to Florida Southern College and Polk Community College.

Founded in 1882 by land developer Abraham Munn, Lakeland prospered during the next few years along with the burgeoning railroad industry which serviced the community well. Incorporated in 1885, Lakeland quickly became one of Florida's premier cities, resulting in the construction of many notable structures, some of which today appear on the National Register of Historic Places. The 20th century brought a combination of boom years and lean years to the city, which has seen large-scale improvements in its downtown area within the past ten years. Lakeland today is a city which retains its historic charm while at the same time positioning itself for future growth.

Arts and Entertainment in Lakeland

Lakeland's central location affords visitors and residents access to many local attractions and also attractions from the surrounding cities of Orlando and Tampa. Orlando is home to several major attractions, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World Florida. Lakeland itself hosts several seasonal events and festivals. In April, thousands of aviation fans flock to the city to participate in one of the world's largest aviation events: the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In. Featured at this event are state-of-the-art aircraft displays, daily air shows and educational forums covering virtually every aviation interest. October's Fall Festival in Munn Park includes sidewalk arts and crafts, and in the same month the city hosts the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. In December children of all ages enjoy the annual Christmas Parade and Snowfest at Lake Mirror.

Lakeland also offers a wealth of artistic and cultural attractions, some of which are listed here:

  • Florida Southern College Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture & Visitors Center: Home to the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, the College offers a wealth of information about the famous architect, including a permanent exhibition of his photos, drawings and correspondence.
  • Florida Air Museum at Sun 'n Fun: Among the exhibits are personal artifacts from legendary aviator Howard Hughes and "Sweetie Face," the famous aircraft of aerobatic legend Bob Hoover.
  • Florida Dance Theatre: Polk County's only professional dance company and one of Central Florida's most innovative forces in contemporary dance.
  • Polk Theatre: A restored facility originally built in 1927 as a vaudeville and movie house.
  • Exploration's V Children's Museum: Three floors of hands-on exhibits for kids and families.
  • Polk Museum of Art: Exhibitions include Contemporary American Art, European Decorative Art, Asian Art and a permanent display of Pre-Columbian artifacts.
  • Imperial Symphony Orchestra
  • Pied Piper Players
  • Lakeland's Community Theatre

Sports fans will recognize Lakeland as the long-time Spring Training headquarters of the Detroit Tigers, who began training there in 1934. The city is also the regular season home of the Tigers' minor league farm team in the Class Single-A Florida State League, the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Both teams play in newly-renovated Joker Marchant Stadium. Indoor professional football also exists in Lakeland, home of the Lakeland ThunderBolts of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA). Fans of NFL football can take the short drive to nearby Tampa, home to the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Also located in Tampa are hockey's Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arena Football's Tampa Bay Storm (AFL). Lakeland's neighbor to the northeast, the city of Orlando, is home to basketball's Orlando Magic (NBA) and also to the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL).

People

Total Population 101,302
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 20.6%
Employed Population 16+ 38,965
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,899
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,601
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,064

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,929
% Above Poverty Level 80.8%
% Below Poverty Level 19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $869
Median House Value $108,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.2%
US/American 0%
English 12.9%
Irish 9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lakeland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 31 miles E of Tampa, Florida
County Polk
Metro Area Lakeland - Winter Haven
Standard Zip Codes 33801, 33803, 33805, 33809, 33810, 33811, 33813, 33815
P.O. Box Zip Codes 33802, 33804, 33806, 33807
Phone Area Codes 863
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 28.039
Longitude -81.961

Lakeland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LAKELAND
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 51 to 74 F
Apr Temp 61 to 86 F
Jul Temp 73 to 95 F
Oct Temp 66 to 87 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches
Station BARTOW
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 52 to 74 F
Apr Temp 61 to 84 F
Jul Temp 73 to 92 F
Oct Temp 66 to 85 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches
Station LAKE ALFRED EXP STN
Distance 15.5 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 72 F
Apr Temp 58 to 84 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 63 to 86 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburndale 14,281 $49,669
Bartow 18,094 $55,290
Eagle Lake 2,486 $52,000
Mulberry 3,900 $44,163
Plant City 36,382 $49,821

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lakeland Hospitals

LAKELAND REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1324 LAKELAND HILLS BLVD
(863) 687-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lakeland High Schools

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GEORGE W. JENKINS SENIOR HIGH
6000 LAKELAND HIGHLANDS
863-648-3566
Serves 2,068 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

LAKELAND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
726 HOLLINGSWORTH ROAD
863-499-2900
Serves 2,043 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

LAKE GIBSON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
7007 N SOCRUM LOOP ROAD
863-853-6100
Serves 1,710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

KATHLEEN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
2600 CRUTCHFIELD ROAD
863-499-2655
Serves 1,515 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

MCKEEL ACADEMY OF TECHNOLOGY
1810 W PARKER STREET
863-499-2818
A Charter School.
Serves 949 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

HARRISON CENTER/PERFORMING ARTS
750 HOLLINGSWORTH ROAD
863-499-2855
Serves 365 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.1

ARC - ACADEMIC RESEARCH CENTER
7007 N SOCRUM LOOP ROAD
863-853-6100
A Charter School.
Serves 271 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

BILL DUNCAN OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL
3333 WINTER LAKE ROAD
863-499-2860
A Non-traditional School
Serves 259 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

LAKELAND TEEN PARENT PROGRAM
910 LOWRY AVENUE
863-499-2954
A Non-traditional School
Serves 139 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

FOUNDATION SCHOOL
1325 GEORGE JENKINS BOULE
863-682-8111
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

MAYNARD E. TRAVISS TECHNICAL CENTER
3225 WINTER LAKE ROAD
863-499-2700
A Vocational School
Serves 136 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2

DORIS A. SANDERS LEARNING CENTER
1201 ENCHANTED DRIVE
863-499-2980
A Special Education School
Serves 106 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.8

LIVE OAKS ACADEMY
2510 N FLORIDA AVENUE
863-686-6010
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

LAKELAND B.E.S.T. PROGRAM
304 FERN ROAD
863-499-2964
A Non-traditional School
Serves 55 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
3131 LAKELAND HILLS BOULE
863-688-5596
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.2

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