Lakeland is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 106,420 people and 63 constituent neighborhoods, Lakeland is the 23rd largest community in Florida.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Lakeland is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lakeland is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lakeland who work in office and administrative support (14.88%), sales jobs (13.16%), and management occupations (8.60%).
Many people in Lakeland take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Lakeland citizens for affordable transportation.
In terms of college education, Lakeland is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.85% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Lakeland in 2010 was $23,265, which is middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $93,060 for a family of four. However, Lakeland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lakeland is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lakeland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lakeland residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lakeland also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.70% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lakeland include German, Irish, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Lakeland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.