Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States, approximately halfway between Tampa and Orlando. According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimate, the city had a population of 100,710.
Lakeland was first settled in the 1870s and began to develop as the rail lines reached the area in 1884. It was incorporated 1 January 1885. The town was founded by Abraham Munn (a resident of Louisville, Kentucky), who purchased 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land in what is now downtown Lakeland in 1882 and platted the land for the town in 1884. Lakeland was named for the many lakes near the town site.