One of the fastest growing communities in Florida, Lakeland is a blend of modern conveniences and diversions. It has been recognized by Money Magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in America."

The city consists of 100,000 people, and more than 175,000 people live within a seven-mile radius of downtown. With Tampa and Orlando less than an hour away, Lakeland boasts a skilled work force, strong economy, and economic development, lodging and convention facilities, quality health care, exceptional educational opportunities, excellent transportation, and abundant leisure activities and cultural events.

Lakeland's Central Florida location makes both fun and work easily accessible. The major attractions of Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Sea World and Cypress Gardens are all less than an hour away. The Gulf of Mexico is less than 60 minutes to the west of Lakeland, while the Atlantic Ocean is just 90 minutes east.

Lakeland's cultural life includes The Lakeland Center, the historic Polk Theatre, the fully accredited Polk Museum of Art, and the Sun'n'Fun Fly In Museum. In addition, Florida Southern College offers not only the largest single-site-collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world, but also internationally known performers as part of its Festival of Fine Arts series.

Lakeland is also the Spring Traning home of the Detroit Tigers, and is the home to Detroit's Class-A Minor League Baseball affiliate, the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

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