When U.S. News & World Report looked for the best places in the U.S. for singles to live, it found seven Florida cities among the top 25. Lakeland came in at 22nd among the nation’s 125 largest metro areas.

Out of the top 25, Metro Lakeland’s median income of $40,560 was the lowest, and our median home price of $171,967 was third lowest after Cleveland, Ohio, and Columbia, S.C.

The magazine noted our population grew 9.1 percent between 2013 and 2017, and said the share of the population that’s unmarried is 51.8%.

The survey looked at proportion of unmarried residents over 15, affordability, desirability and population growth.

Other Florida cities in the top 25:

5. Fort Myers
6. Pensacola
18. Orlando
21. Sarasota
23. Jacksonville
24. Tampa

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Source: Yahoo Finance

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Barry Friedman

Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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