Every year, U.S. News & World Report publishes their list of the Top 25 Safest Places to Live in the US. Lakeland FL was recently named #6 on this list and was the highest ranked city in Florida. Let's take a deeper dive into what has gotten Lakeland to this point on the list and why this should be exciting for residents of the town and even for those looking for homes for sale in Lakeland, FL.
What Goes Into The List
U.S. News & World Report takes several factors into consideration when naming their safest U.S. cities. Reported population, violent crime rate, and property crime rate are all measured from data provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This F.B.I. information is then synthesized into a “crime rate per 100,000 people” and is used to compare cities across the country.
Lakeland was chosen due to its low crime rate of 1,960.1 per 100,000 people and was beaten by only Providence, Rhode Island, Boise, Idaho, Worcester, Massachusetts, Manchester, New Hampshire, and number one overall city Portland, Maine. Lakeland saw a marked improvement from the previous year’s ranking where it landed at number 59 and had one of the biggest jumps in ranking across the board. The town also boasts one of the lowest violent crime rates of cities featured in the Top 10 of the report.
Where Else In Florida Was Mentioned
Coming in a distant 18th was fellow Florida town Port St. Lucie. This neighboring city made a similarly big jump in the rankings having been seated at 78th previously. While it also was featured amongst the Top 25 it is important to note that the two towns have very little in common. Where Port St. Lucie sits on the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, Lakeland is more interior to the state and provides a more small town feel when compared to the beach life of P.S.L.
What This Means For Residents Of Lakeland
Besides the obvious benefits of living in one of America’s safest cities, the benefits of being featured on this list extend into the real estate market as well. The feature brings notoriety to the town and will undoubtedly attract those in the market to take a closer look at the possibly overlooked destination. This extra attention in the market will cause home values to increase as buyers see Lakeland as a desirable area in which to live and raise their families.
The article states a median home price of $171,967 in regards to homes for sale in Lakeland, FL and new construction homes which is among the lower end for cities appearing on the list and by far the lowest for cities ranked among the Top 10. Buyers with an eye for safety, but having to stick to a smaller budget will certainly be circling Lakeland when reading the list.
While the general safety of the city is likely no surprise to Lakeland residents, being included in such a prestigious list will bring nothing but notoriety to the small town. What is already a growing city will likely see another increase in interest and an expansion of the housing market. If you are looking for a Central Florida home with safety as your main concern, look no further than Lakeland.