Located in Western Tennessee, Lakeland is a suburb in the Memphis metro area. With such a close proximity to Memphis, retirees can indulge in the city’s rich history in both music and civil rights as often as they please. Closer to home, Lakeland offers a variety of activities and outdoor recreation for residents.
Climate & Geography
Residents of Lakeland experience summers that are hot and very humid with winters that are very cold, wet, and windy. Though Lakeland receives more rainfall than the national average, the city averages three inches of snowfall.
While there are some rolling hills and wooded areas in Lakeland, the city primarily consists of flatland. The Loosahatchie River runs through the northern portion of the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
The Lakeland Senior Center hosts classes and events for the 55+ residents of Lakeland. Potluck luncheons, themed luncheons and dinners, and dances are just a few of the events put together by the organization.
Active adults can fish, swim, and boat, golf, at various facilities throughout Lakeland such as Blue Lagoon Park, Winwind Slopes Park, Garner Lake, and more. Trinity Farms is a full-service boarding, training, and lesson facility for horseback riding.
Every Friday night and Sunday afternoon, Delta Blues Winery hosts music events in their tasting room. While Friday nights feature live music from local Memphis bands, Sunday events have more laid-back, relaxing music. Wine tastings and beer are available throughout the events.
Less than 30 minutes from Lakeland, residents will find a wide variety of recreation and entertainment choices in Memphis. Those interested in music, history, nature, or art will find something that piques their interest in Memphis. Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, is a popular destination in the area among many other historical music sites in the city.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Tennessee is considered one of the most tax friendly states for retirees. Social Security benefits are not taxed and income from retirement plans are exempt. Taxpayers 65+ also receive a personal exemption, and there are some property tax relief programs for income-qualified active adults.
The cost of living in Lakeland is higher than the state and national average. Housing is the biggest factor for the cost of living difference. Healthcare, utilities, and transportation costs are below the national index. There is a 9.75 percent sales tax in Lakeland.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis is ranked No. 2 in Memphis and No. 7 in Tennessee. U.S. News rates the hospital as high performing in multiple procedures.