Close to everything, yet away from it all. This is a great slogan to describe Lakeland, Florida to anyone who may be interested in making the move to our beloved Swan City. U.S. News reports Lakeland, Florida as being #59 in Best Places to Live and #7 in Best Places to Live in Florida. That would be #59 out of almost 20,000 cities in the United States!
Aside from ranking high on the charts, what else does Lakeland, Florida have to offer? From almost 40 lakes and historic charm, to entertainment befitting for both young and old, we seem to have it all. If you are not already convinced, read further to learn more.
Cost of living
The median home price in Lakeland, Florida is $171,967, which is significantly lower than the surrounding metropolitan areas such as Orlando and Tampa. The average cost for a home in the United States as a whole is $ $227,025.
Lakeland is full of job opportunities! It has recently become the hub for young professionals as many establishments have been introduced, such as Catapult, that help entrepreneurs start up their own businesses and companies.
The average annual salary is $40,560 with a 4% unemployment rate. Something to keep in mind, if you are okay with a moderate commute, the average salary in Tampa is $64,000 according to Payscale.com.
With ideal weather almost year-round, Lakelanders love being outdoors whenever possible. Most weekends are perfect for walking Lake Mirror, where you can spot our many swans that make us the Swan City.
FUN FACT: In 1957, the Queen of England sent Lakeland two royal swans. That is why you can now see swans occupying Lakeland’s many lakes.
After walking Lake Mirror, you can head on over to the downtown area which boasts several different cuisines, bars, and local shops. And good news for all of you pet lovers, Lakeland is also very dog friendly! A brand-new dog park is in the works and many restaurants and breweries allows dogs on their outdoor patios.
Things to do
Aside from eating out and boating and walking the beautiful lakes, Lakeland also offers a variety of activities.
In the Springtime, you can watch the Detroit Tigers train for their upcoming baseball season at the Joker Marchant Stadium. And, if sports are not your thing, there are many concerts and live entertainment offered around town from comedy clubs to our very own conference center. Also, let’s not forget Sun N’ Fun, Lakeland’s annual air show!
If we do not have your attention yet, Lakeland also offers:
- an escape room
- movie theatres (including a drive-in theater)
- both an outdoor and indoor shopping mall
- food trucks
- gardens and museums for those young and old
- several theme parks and beaches just a short commute away
- and much more!
From affordable living to exciting activities, it is a no brainer that Lakeland should be hot on your radar if you are looking to relocate. We hope you love Lakeland as much as we do!