You may be asking “why Lakeland?” From neighborhoods to schools to our favorite coffee spots, we’ve made it easy to answer this question by creating an ultimate guide to living, working + experiencing the city.



Picture this: You just moved to Lakeland, Florida and you need some help with the practicalities of life (we can’t just sit and watch the swans all day, unfortunately). That’s where we come in. Keep reading for Lakelander 101, our guide to all things Lakeland.
Find out which neighborhood matches your personality.
To us, all of Lakeland is a work of art. But if you’re looking to see your art on a stage or in a museum, here are 19 places to get your arts + culture fix around Swan City.
Explore the top leading economic drivers in Lakeland

A newcomer’s guide to Lakeland in partnership with the Lakeland Economic Development Council

Live
Picture this: You just moved to Lakeland, Florida and you need some help with the practicalities of life (we can’t just sit and watch the swans all day, unfortunately). That’s where we come in. Keep reading for Lakelander 101, our guide to all things Lakeland.
Discover these top 10 schools in the Polk County/Lakeland area through our guide. Stay tuned for more details on a FAQ list with PCPS.
Find out which neighborhood matches your personality.
It seems like on every corner of Lakeland there’s a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple. We’re teeming with religious communities. No matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got the details on 8 local communities.
Experience
To us, all of Lakeland is a work of art. But if you’re looking to see your art on a stage or in a museum, here are 19 places to get your arts + culture fix around Swan City.
Whether you’re an animal lover, an outdoorsy type, a natural mentor or a healthcare enthusiast, there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 31 Lakeland organizations to show a little love to.
We’re highlighting the top parks that Lakeland, FL has to offer — complete with splash pads, playgrounds, and walking trails.
Work
Lakeland has experienced abundant growth and development over the past several years, bringing a 2.9% increase in employment rate. These are our city’s 15 largest employers.
Explore the top leading economic drivers in Lakeland
Did you know Lakeland was ranked No. 5 on Ownerly’s list of America’s Best Cities for Remote Workers? With many companies transitioning to hybrid or remote work models in recent years, LAL’S options for remote workers have continued to expand.
Need a new job or new connections for professional development? Try one of these networking opportunities in Lakeland to take the next step in your career.
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