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Here’s what AI has to say about Lakeland

With AI on the rise, we decided to put it to the test + pick its brain about all things Swan City — read on for the full conversation.

A sunset over Lake Mirror with the downtown Lakeland skyline in the background

Artificial intelligence uses programs to learn from inputs and perform human-like tasks.

Photo by LALtoday

It seems like everywhere we look nowadays, there’s a new feature utilizing artificial intelligence — from social media to search engines.

While there’s no true replacement for human connections + recommendations (something we’re pretty good at, if we do say so ourselves), all this increased chatter got us thinking: What would one of these programs say if asked about Lakeland? Let’s put it to the test with these three questions.

Important note: We used ChatGPT 3.5 for this experiment — anything written by it will be in italics below for clarity.

A building is shown with "Greetings from Denton" printed on the side.

According to artificial intelligence, Denton, TX is the city most comparable to Lakeland. What do you think?

Photo by City of Denton

What US city is most comparable to Lakeland?

Denton, Texas is most comparable to Lakeland due to its mid-sized population, strategic location, vibrant historic downtown, and strong community feel. Both cities are centrally located between larger metropolitan areas — Denton between Dallas and Fort Worth (oh hey, DALtoday + FTWtoday), and Lakeland between Tampa and Orlando — providing residents with access to urban amenities while maintaining a distinct local identity... Additionally, both cities offer numerous parks and nearby lakes, enhancing the quality of life with abundant recreational opportunities.

Our pro tips: Use our New to Lakeland guides to help you live, work, and experience your best life in Lakeland — you didn’t think we’d miss having guides to our parks + lakes did you?

A pathway shaded by trees on Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, FL

With views like these, no wonder artificial intelligence says Lake Hollingsworth is an ideal neighborhood.

Photo by LALtoday

What is the best neighborhood in Lakeland?

One of the best neighborhoods in Lakeland is Lake Hollingsworth. Known for its scenic beauty and historic charm, it offers picturesque views around the lake, tree-lined streets, and beautiful homes. Residents enjoy outdoor activities like walking and biking along Lake Hollingsworth Drive and benefit from proximity to Florida Southern College and downtown Lakeland.

Our pro tips: Learn the stories behind each of Lakeland’s historic districts — then see which one is written in your stars.

Describe Lakeland in 10 words or less.

Central Florida charm with lakes, history, and a vibrant community.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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