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Old 11-14-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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Default What is traffic in Tampa like?

Greetings! My husband and I have decided we want to move to the Lakeland area. I currently work in IT and he is open to pretty much anything that doesn't require a college degree. I have been having trouble finding a job in Lakeland and we have never been to Tampa but I see there are a lot more jobs there as it's a bigger city. What would the traffic/commute be like from Lakeland area to Tampa? I currently commute an hour and half everyday to Pittsburgh and if my commute is even half that, i'd be a happy camper! Thanks in advance. Will probably be posting more questions as we do more research
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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45-50 mins, but you will hit all the traffic heading into the city on I-4
around 7-8 am. so maybe longer depending on where your going.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:54 AM
 
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If the traffic is flowing smoothly, you can get from Lakeland to the eastern outskirts of Tampa in about half an hour. To get to my location in south Tampa it would take about an hour. If you needed to go further, say to St. Petersburg or Clearwater, it would be about an hour and half. If there is an accident on I-4 all bets are off. Sounds like it would be a doable commute for you, but I personally would not want to live in Lakeland and work in Tampa. The only way I would live in Lakeland is if I worked in Lakeland.
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:22 AM
 
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I wouldn't live in Lakeland either if I had to commute to Tampa or St. Pete. I-4 is ALL there is there, and sometimes it doesn't even take an accident to make it a parking lot! Plus, no hills or pretty scenery to looks at while sitting in traffic! just other cars!

There is nothing in Lakeland but farms and apartments...and more sub divisions.

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Old 11-15-2011, 07:19 AM
 
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I have to agree with the rest of the group, I would not want to live in Lakeland and drive to Tampa everyday. I worked with a guy who did drive it everyday but he soon moved to Tampa. If you 'have' to work I would consider looking in Lakeland or Winter Haven.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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My husband used to commute from southside downtown Lakeland to downtown Tampa every day - about a 45-50 minute commute on Polk Parkway and I-4. He didn't think it was that bad. I guess it depends on the individual and start and stop point.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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There is nothing in Lakeland but farms and apartments...and more sub divisions.
This ^^ is a complete lie. We lived there for two years and it's a beautiful artsy city. I doubt this poster has ever even been there.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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What exactly do you consider "artsy" about Lakeland? You've said this in several post. Lakeland is not a bad city, but artsy it's not. I think Lakeland is a very conservative, small central FL city.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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Do a quick Google search for LAKELAND FL ARTS and you will see what it means.




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What exactly do you consider "artsy" about Lakeland? You've said this in several post. Lakeland is not a bad city, but artsy it's not. I think Lakeland is a very conservative, small central FL city.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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Do a quick Google search for LAKELAND FL ARTS and you will see what it means.
Ok. What did I miss?
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