The city of Lakeland was settled in c. 1875 and encompasses the following counties: Polk. Lakeland's government type is Commission-Manager. It is comprised of the Mayor, who is currently Gow Fields (2010-2013), City Manager, who is currently Douglas B. Thomas.
Lakeland encompasses land area: 68.79 sq mi (178.2 km2), water area: 5.61 sq mi (14.5 km2) 10.9%. The elevation is 197 ft (141 m) above sea level. According to the 2010 United States Census, the local population is 97,422. This equates to a population density of 1,711/sq mi (660.8/km2). The local time zone is EST (UTC-5).
Local area codes are 863. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) code for the city is 12-38250, which is used in computer filings when non-government agencies and contractors fulfill government contracts. Additional information and the official website of the city is found at http://www.lakelandgov.net/.