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The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 78,452 and is the largest city in Polk County. According to the 2004 U.S. census Bureau's, the city had a population of 88,357. As of 2005, the population is approaching 90,000. Lakeland's sister cities are Richmond Hill in Canada, Imabari in Japan, and Balti in Moldova. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 133.3 square kilometers.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.4 percent under the age of 18, 10.3 percent from 18 to 24, 24.7 percent from 25 to 44, 20.6 percent from 45 to 64, and 23.0 percent who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.
Lakeland is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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