Freeland was found hiding in a rural area the next morning. Nine officers from five different law enforcement agencies surrounded Freeland and shot him when he raised Williams' stolen gun at them. A total of shots were fired, and Freeland was hit 68 times, killing him instantly. The Lakeland Police Department is recognized as having one of the best-trained canine units in the United States.
As of , 48, households were in the city, with As of , About The average household size was 2. As of the census, the city was Of the population In , the city the population was spread out, with The median age was 40 years.
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For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were Persons below the poverty line in — were The most significant were Spanish speakers who made up 6. In , the Wolfson family arrived from Lithuania and became the first Jewish settlers to the area. In , the first and only mosque in the county was established.
Christianity makes up the largest religious group in Lakeland. As of , an estimated churches existed with an address in the city. Lakeland is the largest city on Interstate 4 between Orlando and Tampa. Large industries in the Lakeland area are citrus, cattle, and phosphate mining. In the past few decades, tourism, medicine, insurance, transportation, and music have grown in importance. Citrus growing dates back to the early settlers who planted trees in the area in the s. After a series of freezes in counties north of Polk County, the area became the focal point for citrus growing in Florida.
Although citrus is no longer the largest industry in the area, it still plays a large part in the economy of Lakeland and Polk County. Phosphate mining is still important to the economy of Lakeland, although most of the mining now takes place farther south. Lakeland's largest employer is Publix Supermarkets. Publix employs over 6, people in the Lakeland area including headquarter and warehouse employees.
Lakeland is a transportation hub. Polk County is within the Tampa Bay television market. WLLD WKES Most major stations from Tampa Bay and a few from Orlando are also available. Print media include The Ledger , a local newspaper owned by Gatehouse Media. Lkldnow is an on-line news service covering Lakeland. It was also used in the filming of the Judd Nelson movie Endure. Because Lakeland is the largest city on Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando, the city is an important transportation hub.
The county nickname, Imperial Polk County, was coined because a large bond issue in enabled wide roads between the cities of Polk County. In recent years, the Lakeland area has developed a number of paved, multi-use bicycle routes including the Lake-To-Lakes Trail , which runs from Lake Parker through downtown, past several lakes, ending at Lake John.
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Water and wastewater in the Lakeland area is managed by Lakeland Water Utilities, municipal water supply is treated at local water plants, T. Williams and C. Wayne Combee. The water is mainly supplied by wells that draw from the Floridan aquifer. Lakeland Electric is a municipal utility and government department of the city of Lakeland, Florida.
Lakeland Electric powers the city of Lakeland by two power plants, C. McIntosh Power Plant, coal-natural gas combined cycle plant slated to phase out in , and Larsen Memorial. McIntosh Power Plant is slated to phase out in a plan presented by the Lakeland Electric staff in The 28 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five traditional high schools, and three magnet-choice high schools in the Lakeland area are run by the Polk County School Board.
A number of opportunities exist for higher education around the Lakeland area. Southeastern University is the largest university in the area, with undergraduate enrollment around Florida Southern College , established in and with a current undergraduate enrollment of just over ,  is on Lake Hollingsworth. Florida Southern is the home of the world's largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
Traviss Career Center is a vocational school.
RP Funding Center is also home to two indoor sports teams. The Tropics organization also operates an outdoor team, the Lakeland Tropics, which competes in the Premier Development League. The Florida Tarpons were an indoor football team playing in the American Arena League for one season after relocating from Estero, Florida. In the s, the Lakeland Center briefly played host to the indoor version of the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team.
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