Polk County Public Schools
has an enrollment of nearly 93,000 students, and is the eighth largest district in the state,
with 160 school sites, charter schools, academies, career centers, adult schools, alternative
schools, and pre-kindergarten sites.
Schools - Alternative/Technical/Vocational
Schools - Charter/Choice/Magnet
Schools - Colleges/Universities
Schools - K-12 Private
Schools - K-12 Public
Schools - Pre-Schools
Hospitals and Health Care
Lakeland is home to some of the most advanced health care facilities and practitioners in the nation.
With resources from cancer care
and research to industry leading cardiac care units, Lakeland’s hospitals and clinics provide
residents and visitors with a multi-disciplinary approach to health care.
are spotlighted as one of the Central Florida Development Council’s innovation centers for Polk County.
Areas of excellence in clinical trials are oncology, macular disease, cardiology, and urology.
Polk Vision, a broad community-led partnership, has been working since 2003 to make Polk County a premiere
place to live, learn, work, and play. Their “Building a Healthier Polk” initiative focuses on
a benchmark related to Polk’s quality of life and encourages individuals and families to get active
and reduce the rate of obesity in the county. Learn more about their efforts on their
Click here for additional Health Care resources.
Lakeland’s top industries are manufacturing, distribution, health care and tourism. Lakeland
distinguishes itself as a business friendly city with outstanding quality of life, diverse culture,
available skilled workforce and low labor costs. In addition, our location along the Interstate 4
corridor between Tampa and Orlando, access to a variety of colleges and universities within our city,
close proximity to ports and two international airports, and the cost of doing business, make Lakeland
a great place to live and work.
Lakeland’s location between Tampa and Orlando makes it an ideal location for manufacturing and
distribution. The Lakeland market absorbs more than one million square feet of manufacturing/warehouse space
annually, with more than 30 million square feet in the entire market.
Lakeland’s major employers include GEICO, GC Services, Lockheed Martin, JBT FoodTech, Carpenter Company,
Marriott Vacation Club International, Saddle Creek Corporation, Summit Consulting, Flowers Foods, Pepperidge Farm,
Tampa Maid Foods, Advance Discount Auto Parts, Key Safety Systems, The Ledger, Sykes, Rooms To Go, City of
Lakeland, and Polk County Public Schools. Polk County’s agriculture sector continues to be a staple of
our economy with more than 626,634 acres of agricultural lands, and agribusiness and food manufacturing companies
that output more than $8 billion in annual sales and contribute more than 62,000 jobs to Polk’s economy.
Polk County’s Workforce Development Board, Polk Works
, is an Employ Florida Marketplace partner, and offers a clearinghouse of employment listings and searches.
For additional Employment & Staffing resources, click here.