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Lakeland, Georgia
Lakeland City Hall and Lakeland Police Department
Lakeland City Hall and Lakeland Police Department
Location in Lanier County and the state of Georgia
Location in Lanier County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Lanier
 • Total 3.15 sq mi (8.16 km2)
 • Land 3.10 sq mi (8.04 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
200 ft (61 m)
 • Total 2,875
 • Density 926.52/sq mi (357.79/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-44592
GNIS feature ID 0356347

Lakeland is a city in Lanier County, Georgia, United States. The city is the county seat of Lanier County. It is part of the Valdosta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,366 at the 2010 census.

Originally called Alapaha and then Milltown or Mill Town, Lakeland received its current name in 1925 in honor of its proximity to Grand Bay Lake, Lake Irma, and Banks Lake. For many years, Lakeland owned and operated its own railroad.

Numerous festivals are held in the county throughout each year, one of which is the Flatlanders Frolic Arts and Crafts Show. This event features bluegrass music, a road race and various other Labor Day weekend events. Also held in Lanier County is the Living Murals Celebration, held in the spring, and most recently the Georgia Deep Woods Deerfest, a festival featuring wild game suppers and firearms giveaways.


By the early 1840s, a community known as Alapaha had come into existence along the road from Waresboro, Georgia to Troupville, Georgia. By the late 1850s, Alapaha had become known as Milltown. Lakeland, originally known as Milltown. Milltown was incorporated in 1901. In 1919, Milltown was designated seat of the newly formed Lanier County. In 1928, the city was incorporated and renamed to its present form of Lakeland.


Lakeland is located at 31°2′21″N 83°4′13″W / 31.03917°N 83.07028°W / 31.03917; -83.07028 (31.039214, -83.070397).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which, 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (1.28%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,247
1920 860 −31.0%
1930 1,006 17.0%
1940 1,502 49.3%
1950 1,551 3.3%
1960 2,236 44.2%
1970 2,569 14.9%
1980 2,647 3.0%
1990 2,467 −6.8%
2000 2,730 10.7%
2010 3,366 23.3%
2020 2,875 −14.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Lakeland racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,486 51.69%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,152 40.07%
Native American 3 0.1%
Asian 26 0.9%
Pacific Islander 6 0.21%
Other/Mixed 114 3.97%
Hispanic or Latino 88 3.06%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,875 people, 997 households, and 631 families residing in the city.


Lanier County Board of Education
Lanier County School District headquarters

The Lanier County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The district has 94 full-time teachers and over 1,345 students.

  • Lanier County Primary School
  • Lanier County Elementary School
  • Lanier County Middle School
  • Lanier County High School

The South Georgia Regional Library operates the W. L. Miller Memorial Library in Lakeland. Initially the community was served by a library that was only open during school periods, and therefore people in the community considered it to be a school library rather than a complete community library. This small library opened in the courthouse office of the superintendent of the county school system in 1950. It was relocated to the Lanier County Primary School's Kindergarten building and then to a portion of Lanier County High School. The first standalone library, then the Lanier-Lakeland Library, opened on May 18, 1980. The current facility, built as part of a State of Georgia grant-funded library wave and partially financed by the W. L. Miller family through a $45,000 donation, opened on March 13, 1988. It was renovated from August 9 through August 23 in 2012.

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