Why we’re not surprised that Lakeland continues to rank as one of the best places to live.

As our city grows, there’s even more reason to call Lakeland home. Lakeland has now landed a spot on the U.S. News’ “125 Best Places to Live” list, ranking #59. U.S. News ranked each city based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there.

The city’s preservation of Lakeland’s rich history has maintained the perfect amount of Old Florida charm. At the same time, the city has also fostered new growth through small-business opportunities and innovation. Not to mention, our 38 lakes and nearly 40 parks make our city the best place to enjoy the Florida weather and all of its natural beauty. Our significantly lower housing costs and proximity to larger cities has encouraged a great deal of migration to Swan City. It’s no surprise Lakeland was also named the number-one place to buy a home in January 2019. Lakeland is one of the fastest-growing cities right now. Being so close to Tampa and Orlando also makes Lakeland the perfect spot for cost-conscious commuters who work in these larger cities. Between our small businesses, royal swans, and friendly community, it’s hard to believe someone wouldn’t want to live here.