Population: 102,714Median home value: $109,300 81 Ranks better than 93% of areas
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A+ Lakeland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Lakeland Cost of Living Cost of living is 7% lower than Florida
928% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lakeland cost of living
D+ Lakeland Crime Total crime is 37% higher than Florida
Total crime
4,01046% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2546% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-24%Year over year crime is down
Lakeland crime
D- Lakeland Employment Household income is 16% lower than Florida
Median household income
$40,91826% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,26522% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%11% higher than the US average
Lakeland employment
B+ Lakeland Housing Home value is 34% lower than Florida
Median home value
$109,30041% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8906% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Lakeland real estate or Lakeland rentals
C- Lakeland Schools HS graduation rate is 1% higher than Florida
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
50%2% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Lakeland K-12 schools or Lakeland colleges

Living in Lakeland, FL

Located in the state of Florida, Lakeland is a mid-sized city with a population of 102,714 people. According to the most recent Census, 73% of Lakeland residents are White, 20% Black and 2% Asian. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Lakeland. With average one way commute time of only 21 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Lakeland, Florida. Finding the best places to live in Lakeland and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, employment, housing and other important metrics.

Using data and statistics Lakeland has received a livability score of 79/100. This score is ranked in the 93rd percentile when compared to all other cities. Compared to the US average, Lakeland ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Another exciting tidbit, is that Lakeland ranks better than 90% of all US cities! There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Lakeland ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B-), weather (A) and housing (B+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Lakeland. The following was graded with a disappointing score: crime (F) and employment (D-).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Lakeland on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Hollis Garden, Joker Marchant Stadium, and Florida Southern College.

The Lakeland unemployment rate (0%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Lakeland has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Assuming that Lakeland meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Lakeland. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Lakeland are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Lakeland come in at $109,300, which is 34.5% lower than the Florida average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lakeland, the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 20.6% lower than the Florida average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Lakeland were 9.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 12.2%.

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Compare Lakeland, FL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Lakeland, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Camphor, Lakeland912.41,047
South Lake Morton, Lakeland871.71,951
Beacon Hill, Lakeland872.4338
Francis Blvd, Lakeland871.3373
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cleveland Heights, Lakeland863.71,823
Lake Watkins, Lakeland863.22,142
Raintree, Lakeland863.9169
Cleveland Heights Golf Course, Lakeland863.7733

Best Cities Near Lakeland, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Lake Buena Vista, FL9234.33
Tildenville, FL9039.71,550
Lakeland Highlands, FL896.812,426
Doctor Phillips, FL8839.510,878
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Edgewood, FL8646.22,735
Bay Lake, FL8432.542
Lutz, FL8430.721,143
Fish Hawk, FL8421.517,241
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Lakeland, FL - Great Neighborhoods

Lakeland Florida is a city that is filled with quality neighborhoods, culture arts, excellent shopping, dining & community events. It's a great place to visit when you want to be close to everything but away from it all at the same time. Lakeland is centrally located between Tampa (45 mins) and Orlando (1 hour).

I was born and raised in Lakeland, FL nearly 30 years ago. I've lived here my whole life. I've traveled to many other places through the years but there is nowhere else I would rather live. There is so much to do: museums, theatres, the City spends a lot of money on recreatation programs for the children; the humidity tends to be thick, but it's that way no matter where you go in Florida. I've spent a lot of time in Orlando and Tampa too. If you're looking for a sort of "small hometown feel" Lakeland could be the right fit for you. Lakeland has a very warm & welcoming feel to it. I would recommend to anyone that is thinking of making a change in their lives to come to Lakeland for a visit and decide if this city is the right fit for you.
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