The city of Lakeland takes its name from the more than 38 lakes located within its 51 square miles. Although it is known for its beautiful scenery and historic buildings, the city has been experiencing rapid growth. Its population is estimated around 93,000.
Located between the major cities of Tampa and Orlando, the city of Lakeland has positioned itself as a major business hub for the state of Florida. It houses the headquarters of a number of major corporations, including Publix Super Markets and Discount Auto Parts. These corporations are major employers in the area, as is the Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
The most common industries found here are health care, educational services, accommodation and food services, construction, and food and beverage stores. The unemployment rate is about 4 percent.
The city of Lakeland has almost 93,000 urban residents. Lakeland has about 39,000 houses, of which more than half are occupied by the owners.
The Lakeland Community Development Department (LCDD) has identified 50 neighborhoods inside the city limits. Almost all of the residential areas are considered family-friendly and are often identified by which lake they are closest to. Restored homes line the tree-filled streets in neighborhoods dating back to the early 20th century.
Historic Downtown Lakeland typifies the city's leisurely sensibility and love of art and culture. Main Street runs from Kryger Overlook Park and the revitalized Lake Mirror Promenade to historic Munn Park. Munn Park is home to more than 40 historically significant buildings and has been considered the "town square" since 1884. A trackless trolley connects all of downtown and Lakeland's two-story train station provides an excellent view overlooking Lake Mirror Park.
Lakeland is also just a short drive away from major attractions in the Orlando/Tampa area, such as Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, and Sea World.
Lakeland prides itself on being the recreational center of Polk County. In addition to its many lakes, the city is home to numerous parks and other recreational facilities.
The city of Lakeland is served by TheLedger, a daily newspaper owned by The New York Times Co. Vision Latina, a Spanish language paper, is also published in the city.
Colleges and universities in Lakeland include Florida Southern College, Southeastern University, and the University of South Florida Polytechnic. The city is also home to Polk Community College.
Lakeland has a history as a spring training site for several Major League Baseball teams. The Cleveland Indians held their spring training at the city's historic Henley Field Ball Park from 1923 to 1927. The Detroit Tigers have had their spring home in Lakewood since 1934. The team trains and plays at the city's Joker Marchant Stadium. It also owns a minor league team, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, that plays in the city.
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