Lakeland Florida located in Polk County is now the 5th fastest growing city in the United States. It has an area code of 863 and is located in center of Florida and along Central Florida’s I-4 corridor, Polk County is less than 30 minutes from both Brandon, Tampa and Orlando. With over two thousand square miles of land and water, Polk county is the 4th largest county in the state. It has 17 municipalities – the largest being Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Bartow, Haines City, Davenport, Auburndale, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Frostproof, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Mulberry, Polk City and is said to have an estimated population of close to 700,000. See map details here.
Lakeland has a history that dates back to the old Florida pioneers in the 1870s. Fast-forward to modern-day Lakeland which was built around the 38 lakes found around the community.
Lakeland reflects a historic character full of heritage, philanthropy, and volunteerism, giving every resident and all visitors a true sense of belonging. So, Lakeland has something to offer every one of its residents and visitors—visitors who once they are here never want to leave.
When in Lakeland, you can look around, and you will see that people take pride in their community. You will also notice smiles and receive warm greetings from people everywhere you go. This community has a small-town feel with a big city stance. And when it comes down to it, Lakeland is a tight-knit community where you will always feel like you are home regardless of whether you live here or are just visiting.
Getting to Polk County
Polk County is well served by Interstate 4 and both US Highway 27 and State Road 60. Interstate 4 runs east and west between Interstates 75 (west coast) and 95 (east coast). Running 481 miles between Tallahassee and Miami, US Highway 27 is a divided highway (mostly) and is a great route for visitors planning a unique road trip through the state. You’ll drive along the heart of Florida and experience the state’s eccentric roadside history. State Road 60 runs east and west between Clearwater and Vero Beach.
Polk County is between both Tampa and Orlando and is just 40 minutes from two international airports, Tampa International Airport (TIA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO). Lakeland Linder Regional Airport offers full TSA and Customs operations and airport infrastructure to accommodate personal, business and charter aircraft operations.