MOVING TO LAKELAND
Lakeland, FL was ranked as the #1 top city to buy a home in 2019. Lakeland is also the #9 place to live in Florida, and the #61 best place to live in the U.S.
The median forecasted price of a home in Lakeland is $181,533, nearly $70,000 less than the national average, making it an affordable city to live in, especially for young professionals and families who might be on a budget.
Neighborhoods with parks, lakes, space for kids to run & play, schools, and local charm are a staple in Lakeland.
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Whether you are looking for private, montessori, charter, magnet or public education, Lakeland is home to numerous outstanding schools.
Here in Lakeland, you can find 45+ career academies in anything from culinary arts to legal studies to medical to aviation. You will also find elementary, middle, and high schools with outstanding visual and performing art programs and private and public schools with distinguished athletic programs.
In addition, Lakeland has five colleges and universities that give you or your family the opportunity to obtain a Bachelors, Graduate or Doctoral degree and on campus experiences.
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Lakeland, FL is home to more than 70 beautiful parks and 38 lakes. With a variety of golf courses, dog parks, walking & running trails, and wilderness preserves; Lakeland truly has fun activities for everyone.
With sunny weather for more than 250 days a year, going for a walk/jog/run in Lakeland has benefits not only for physical, but also for mental health. Additionally, Lakeland enjoys one-of-a-kind amenities like being the winter home of the Detroit Tigers, as well as being the future home of Bonnet Springs Park, one of Central Florida’s soon to be greatest parks.
Also, Lakeland’s proximity to Tampa and Orlando provides easy access to top rated beaches and amusement parks.
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ARTS AND CULTURE
Arts and culture are very prevalent in Lakeland, FL. For starters, Florida Southern College, with its beautiful campus in the heart of the city, holds the world’s largest concentration of structures designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Additionally, the Polk Museum of Art is the perfect place for art afficionados with more than 2,800 works of art in their permanent collection. The Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Polk County is another fantastic amenity that enriches the art & culture scene in Lakeland and neighboring communities.
Since the passion for arts starts early in life, Lakeland also has activities that cater to the younger members of our families. The Harrison School for the Arts offers an enriched arts education for students with a demonstrated talent in the arts. Also, for the kids that are not only passionate about art, but also science, the Explorations V Children’s Museum is a must.
In order to help the community discover and engage in Lakeland’s art experiences, the City of Lakeland, in partnership with local stakeholders and members of the community created the Lakeland Mayor’s Council on the Arts. This resource is a one-stop shop for all the arts enthusiasts in Lakeland.
The Tampa Bay Times recently said that Lakeland is ‘in the middle of a culinary boom’, and we couldn’t agree more. From international cuisine to artisanal bakehouses, or from quaint coffee shops to trendy food halls; food entrepreneurs are creating a vibrant culinary scene in Lakeland.
Do you like coffee? We have five independent coffee shops and three coffee roasters. Do you like pastries? We have places like Born and Bread Bakehouse, which has been featured in national publications like Food and Wine, and USA Today. Come enjoy all the yummy food that Lakeland has to offer!
However, delicious food is not all Lakeland has to offer. We have breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, and venues that offer live music and entertainment every night of the week. Lakeland is home to many talented musicians, artists, and comedians that make sure our event calendar is always full.
Lakeland also has some timeless gems like the Polk Theatre, a lovely vintage theatre built in the 1920s, once visited by Elvis Presley, which is now a perfect place to catch a show or a movie. If the 1950s aesthetic is more your style, the Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre is a fun activity for the whole family.
If you like weekly or year-round events, the Downtown Farmers Market and the Food Truck Rally are two examples where you can enjoy the warm weather, buy local fresh produce, and get to know the vendors and food entrepreneurs that start their business journey at the market. If you enjoy the anticipation of once-a-year events, Lakeland is the host of events like SUN ‘n FUN, one of the largest and most successful aviation events on earth.
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