Just northeast of the Tampa area, Lakeland, Florida is a growing community that offers all that's needed for good living along Florida's Gulf Coast. The population is just over 100,000 residents, and the city encompasses a total of 74.4 square miles. Centrally located for the area, residents sit in the middle of access to Tampa and Orlando. There are many different amenities, services, and activities to choose from in Lakeland, and with a low cost of living and lower real estate and property costs than many other metro areas, Lakeland is a great option for those individuals or families looking for an affordable place to live in Florida.
Lakeland is named for the 38 lakes found throughout the city, which provide a number of opportunities for outdoor recreation to residents and visitors alike. Downtown Lakeland is a popular and vital part of the community, offering many locally owned and operated retail stores, dining options, breweries and community events. There is a known history in Lakeland, characterized by the historic Munn Park town square and a number of historic neighborhoods, known for their tree-lined brick sidewalks and historic homes. Lakeland also offers a number of museums, art and culture, and it's home to a number of places of higher education: Southeastern University, Florida Polytechnic University, the Lakeland campus of Polk State College, and Florida Southern College, home to the largest on-side collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. A large city that feels like a small town, Lakeland provides all the important needs and wants for modern-day living.