Lakeland 82 Exceptional
Lakeland Livability #152 ranked city in Florida#2,212 ranked city in the USARanks better than 92% of areas
A+ Lakeland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Lakeland Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than Florida
8911% 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 31% higher than Florida
Total crime
2,82520% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3620% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%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
53%9% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Lakeland K-12 schools
A- Lakeland User Ratings There are a total of 20 ratings in Lakeland
Overall user rating
79% 20 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
78% 19 total surveys
all Lakeland poll results

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      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%.

      Lakeland transportation information

      Average one way commute21min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.0%79.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.1%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.8%2.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.1%0.7%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.2%1.5%2.8%
      Working from home3.8%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Lakeland, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).