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Located approximately midway between Tampa and Orlando along Interstate 4, Lakeland was first settled in the 1870s, and developed as the railroad reached the area in 1884. Lakeland is home to Florida Southern College , the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world, and one of the first Hindu temples in the United States. Publix supermarkets are also based here.
Lakeland is located at 28°2'28" North, 81°57'32" West (28.041248, -81.958978).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 133.3 km² (51.5 mi²). 118.7 km² (45.8 mi²) of it is land and 14.5 km² (5.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 10.90% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 78,452 people, 33,509 households, and 20,373 families residing in the city. The population density is 660.8/km² (1,711.3/mi²). There are 38,980 housing units at an average density of 328.3/km² (850.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 73.52% White, 21.26% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.76% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 6.41% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 33,509 households out of which 23.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% are married couples living together, 13.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% are non-families. 32.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.23 and the average family size is 2.82.
In the city the population is spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $33,119, and the median income for a family is $40,468. Males have a median income of $32,137 versus $23,771 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,760. 15.0% of the population and 10.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.2% of those under the age of 18 and 9.1% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Attractions and Points of Interest
- Silver Moon Drive-In
- Polk Theatre
- Florida Southern College
- Munn Park
- Downtown Historical District
- Lake Parker Park
- City of Lakeland official site
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