Located in scenic western Tennessee, Lakeland’s low development and natural terrain fosters a sense of country living that is rapidly disappearing in other Shelby County communities and nearby Memphis. A number of lakes, ponds, streams, parks, and other recreational opportunities improve the quality of life for our residents, including a 65-acre park with open space, "The LAMP" Amphitheater, walking/hiking trails, and a lake for fishing. Get active...enjoy life!

Overview for Lakeland, TN

13,693 people live in Lakeland, where the median age is 38.9 and the average individual income is $45,210. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Lakeland, TN

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Demographics and Employment Data for Lakeland, TN

Lakeland has 4,834 households, with an average household size of 2.83. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lakeland do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 13,693 people call Lakeland home. The population density is 583.06 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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50.62 / 49.38%

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Unlocking the Charm of Lakeland, Tennessee: Past and Present

A Glimpse into Lakeland's Past

Lakeland's remarkable journey began in the mid-1950s when it emerged as an enchanting amusement park centered around a sprawling 235-acre artificial lake. Though the park eventually closed its doors in 1976, echoes of its vibrant past still resonate throughout the city. Today, Garner Lake proudly stands as Shelby County's largest lake, boasting exclusive homes and breathtaking views that grace the landscape of West Tennessee.

The Thriving Lakeland of Today

Fast forward to the present, and you'll discover the captivating city of Lakeland, TN, swiftly rising as one of the most sought-after and prestigious communities within the Memphis Metro Area. Over the past five years, Lakeland has strategically invested in and meticulously planned for future growth, both on the residential and commercial fronts. In an era marked by cookie-cutter subdivisions and sprawling, haphazard developments, Lakeland remains committed to enhancing the quality of life while preserving the environment.

Exceptional Residential Options

Lakeland, TN offers an array of outstanding residential choices to suit diverse preferences. Whether you dream of sprawling acres for horses or farming, an upscale close-knit neighborhood with top-notch amenities, a home overlooking the golf course's seventh hole, or a stunning lakefront view, Lakeland has it all. Existing homes in Lakeland boast an average price of $270,000, while new construction averages $474,000, making it one of the most affluent areas in Shelby County. Despite the bustling residential market, our city's intelligent design guidelines, tree management ordinances, and visionary planning processes ensure the preservation of our natural treasures and historical allure. In fact, several developments allocate up to 40% of their acreage to conservation areas, with integrated pathways facilitating leisurely runs, walks, and bike rides throughout the neighborhoods.

A Haven for Living, Working, Learning, and Playing

Beyond its storied past and scenic landscapes, Lakeland shines as a thriving community teeming with activities and delightful venues. Garner Lake continues to reign supreme as Shelby County's largest lake, adorning the region with exclusive residences and picturesque vistas.

Lakeland is committed to safeguarding its natural splendor, thanks to a comprehensive tree management ordinance, generous conservation easements, sheltered scenic corridors, and thoughtfully crafted design guidelines. Integrated pathways seamlessly connect the city, spanning 124 acres of lush parks. Proudly certified by Tree City USA, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Lakeland is also on its way to becoming a Certified Bicycle Friendly Community, further enhancing its appeal as a well-rounded, eco-conscious oasis.

Discover Lakeland, where the past gracefully merges with the present, promising a future brimming with vitality, charm, and sustainable living.

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