We all know it, but now the rest of the world knows it too. Lakeland, Florida joins powerhouse cities like Denver, San Antonio, and Nashville as one of “The 20 Best Places People Are Moving to In The U.S.” according to The U.S. News & World Report.

It’s not just our booming culture, our unique restaurants, or our beautiful downtown. We also have great access to multiple entertainment hubs like Orlando & Tampa, and one of the best home buying markets on the list. Take a look at what the article had to say about Lakeland:

Best Places to Live 2016 Ranking: 70
Metro Population: 617,323
Median Home Price: $145,350
Median Annual Salary: $38,370
Net Migration Rate, 2010 to 2014: 4.41%

Lakeland’s convenient location gives it easy access to tourism hot spots like Tampa and Orlando. Despite maintaining a low profile compared to the two cities it’s sandwiched between, Lakeland experienced 4.41% growth due to net migration over a five-year period. With a median home price of just $145,350 and an average monthly rent of $870, the cost of living is low compared to national averages.

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Thanks to everyone in our city that makes this place wonderful! Let’s continue to work together towards a better community, a higher standard of living, and a greater place to call home. (Credit for the incredible featured sunset shot of downtown by Alex Sessums, Realtor.)

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