Lakeland, Florida Population 2023

117,207

Lakeland is a city located in Polk County Florida. With a 2023 population of 117,207, it is the 23rd largest city in Florida and the 273rd largest city in the United States.Lakeland is currently growing at a rate of 1.32% annually and its population has increased by 4.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 112,641 in 2020. Spanning over 75 miles, Lakeland has a population density of 1,772 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lakeland is $67,899 with a poverty rate of 17.8%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Lakeland is 40.8 years, 38.9 years for males, and 42.3 years for females.

Lakeland Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lakeland was:

  • White: 70.86%
  • Black or African American: 19.4%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Other race: 3.33%
  • Asian: 1.98%
  • Native American: 0.37%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Lakeland, Florida is 117,207 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 112,641.

Lakeland, Florida Population 2023

Lakeland Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Lakeland Population by Race

Lakeland Population Pyramid 2023

Lakeland Median Age

40.8

Total

38.9

Male

42.3

Female

Lakeland Adults

There are 88,772 adults, (24,549 of whom are seniors) in Lakeland.

Lakeland Age Dependency

71.8

Age Dependency Ratio

38.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Lakeland Sex Ratio

Female57,14851.79%
Male53,18748.21%

Lakeland Population by Age

Lakeland Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.26

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

54.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Lakeland Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Lakeland Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lakeland Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 90.76%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 40.42%.

Lakeland Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$35,397

Average Earnings

$39,641

Average Male

$31,372

Average Female

Lakeland Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lakeland Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Lakeland Language

82.74% of Lakeland residents speak only English, while 17.26% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 12.46% of the population.

Lakeland Language

Lakeland Poverty by Race

rate

17.8%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.77%

Male Poverty Rate

17.14%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lakeland

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lakeland is Native, with 103.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lakeland is White, with 10.99% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.87%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.46%.

Lakeland Poverty

Lakeland Poverty Rate by Education

Lakeland Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lakeland Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Lakeland Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

41.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.0%

Male Marriage Rate

39.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Lakeland Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Lakeland Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Lakeland Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Lakeland Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

8,372

Number of Veterans

7,437

Male Veterans

935

Female Veterans

Lakeland Veterans by War

Lakeland Veterans by Age

count

Lakeland Veterans by Race

Lakeland Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.9%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.85%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lakeland Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

55.2%

Labor Force Participation

51.6%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Lakeland Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Lakeland Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Lakeland Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

42.02%

Born in Lakeland

87.1%

Native Born

10.85%

Foreign Born

5.65%

Non Citizen

5.2%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.1% of Lakeland residents were born in the United States, with 42.02% having been born in Florida. 5.65% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Lakeland Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Lakeland Population by Year