Lakeland is a city in Polk County in the U.S. state of Florida with 97 422 inhabitants ( 2010).
Lakeland is bordered on the west by Plant City ( Hillsborough County). The city is located around 15 kilometers north of Bartow and about 40 km east of Tampa.
According to the 2010 census, the then 97 422 inhabitants distributed in 48 218 households. The population density was 820.7 inh. / Km ². 70.8 % of the population were white, 20.9% African American, 0.3% Native American and 1.8 % Asian Americans. 3.5% were members of other ethnic groups and 2.7% in different ethnic groups. 12.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.
In 2010, children under the age of 18 and 34.7 % of all households lived in 26.7 % of all households with persons at least 65 years. 59.7 % of households were family households (consisting of married couples with or without offspring or a parent with offspring ). The average size of a household was 2.29 persons and the average family size is 2.90 people.
24.3% of the population were younger than 20 years, 25.9 % were 20-39 years old, 23.1% were 40-59 years old and 26.6 % were at least 60 years old. The median age was 40 years. 46.9 % of the population were male and 53.1 % female.
The average annual income was $ 40,650, while 15.8 % of the population lived below the poverty line.
In 2000, English was the mother tongue of 91.04 % of the population spoke Spanish 6.44% and 2.52 % had a different mother tongue.
The city is Interstate 4, of the U.S. Highways 92 (SR 600) and 98, and crossed by the Florida State Roads 33, 35, 37, 539, 546, 563, 570 ( Polk Parkway, a toll road ) and 572.
The Lakeland station is a station of the trains Silver Star and Silver Meteor train Amtrak on the route from Miami to New York City. In 2011, the construction should have begun a high-speed rail from Tampa on Lakeland and Orlando to Miami. The course should be driven by the principle of pooling roads along the existing road network with an intended speed of 270 up to 300 km / hr. The plans were laid by Governor Rick Scott in March 2011 on ice.
Lakeland has the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport has its own airport. The nearest international airport is Tampa International Airport ( some 60 km to the west ).
The crime rate in 2010 was 406 points ( U.S. average: 266 points ) within the average range. There were twelve murders, 20 rapes, 140 robberies, 287 injuries, 1,104 burglaries, 3,754 thefts, 241 vehicle thefts and six arsons.
In Lakeland born:
- Frances Langford (1914-2005), singer and actress
- JD Sumner (1924-1998), singer
- Lawton Chiles (1930-1998), politician and Governor of Florida
- Alton R. Waldon Jr. ( b. 1936 ), lawyer and politician
- Charles T. Canady (born 1954 ), lawyer and politician
- Nick Hamilton ( born 1959 ), wrestler and referee
- Dennis A. Ross ( b. 1959 ), politician
- Scott Kelby ( born 1960 ), author
- April Grace (born 1962 ), actress
- Joe Nemechek (* 1963), race car driver
- Martha Munizzi ( born 1968 ), gospel singer, songwriter, author and actress
- Andrew Reynolds ( b. 1978 ), skateboarder
- Faith Evans (born 1973 ), singer and actress
- Rhea Durham (born 1978 ), fashion model
- Marrese Crump ( b. 1982 ), martial artist and actor
- Kara Monaco (* 1983) Model
- Park Trammell (1876-1936), Governor of Florida and U.S. Senator, in the years 1899 to 1903 Mayor of the City
- Mike Marshall ( born 1957 ), musician