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Lakeland, Florida

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Welcome to Lakeland ...

The city of Lakeland is located in Polk County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Lakeland has a population of 112,136 people<2> (see below for details).

Lakeland was established in 1884.

The community of Lakeland is 180 feet [55 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Lakeland lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you leave Lakeland and travel west, you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The telephone area code for Lakeland: (863)

The ZIP codes for Lakeland: 33801-33807, 33809-33811, 33813, 33815<4>

Websites for Lakeland ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Lakeland had an population of 112,136 people. This is an increase of 15.1% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 42.94% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Lakeland had a population of 97,422 people (which is 16.18% of the total population of Polk County). This makes Lakeland the county's most populous community.

The population of Lakeland represents 0.52% of the total population of Florida (which has 18,801,310 people), making it the state's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 97,422 people, the population of Lakeland increased 24.18% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 78,452 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Lakeland.

Adding Lakeland to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Lakeland in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Lakeland was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Lakeland on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Lakeland ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 30 communities that are also named Lakeland - they are located in Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Manitoba, Maryland (3), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), New Brunswick, New Jersey, New York (2), Nova Scotia, Ohio (3), South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (2), Utah, Virginia (2) and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Lakeland.

Communities near Lakeland ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Lakeland.

  • Winter Haven [Polk County]
  • Plant City [Hillsborough County]
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    • Plant City [Hillsborough County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the west of Lakeland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 39,744 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plant City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plant City<6>
  • Bartow [Polk County]
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    • Bartow [Polk County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Lakeland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 20,147 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bartow<6>
  • Auburndale [Polk County]
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    • Auburndale [Polk County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the east of Lakeland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 16,650 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburndale<6>
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    • Zephyrhills [Pasco County]
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      • Zephyrhills [Pasco County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northwest of Lakeland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 16,456 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Zephyrhills<6>
    • Lake Alfred [Polk County]
    • Mulberry [Polk County]
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      • Mulberry [Polk County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the south of Lakeland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,257 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mulberry<6>
    • Eagle Lake [Polk County]
    • Polk City [Polk County]
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      • Polk City [Polk County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Lakeland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,724 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Polk City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Polk City<6>
    • Eaton Park [Polk County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Lakeland. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Lakeland.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Lakeland. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Lakeland.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Lakeland. Our list includes 25 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Lakeland.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Lakeland ...

Looking for more information about Lakeland? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Lakeland, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Lakeland.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lakeland:

The official website for Polk County:

The official website for State of Florida:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Florida's counties, including Polk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Lakeland.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Lakeland - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Lakeland). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Lakeland or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Lakeland includes: 33801, 33802, 33803, 33804, 33805, 33806, 33809, 33810, 33813 & 33815.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lakeland) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Lakeland. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LakelandOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lakeland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 28.0496, Longitude: -81.9574    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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