Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, located along Interstate 4 east of Tampa. It is part of the Tampa Bay Area. According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau estimate, the city had a population of 100,710. Lakeland is a principal city of the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area (coterminous with Polk County), which had an estimated population of 623,009 in July 2013 based on data from the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research. It is twinned with Richmond Hill, Ontario; Imabari, Ehime, Japan; Bălți, Moldova; Portmore, Jamaica; and Chongming County, Shanghai, China through the Lakeland chapter of Sister Cities International. Native Americans began to live in the area 12,000 years ago. White settlers arrived in Lakeland in the 1870s and the city expanded in the 1880s with the arrival of rail service. Lakeland is home to the 1,267-acre Circle B Bar Reserve.
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How did Florida earn the grade of A? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Florida has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that Florida does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Florida has an effective property tax rate of 1.02%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Florida earned its state tax grade of A.
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