Twitter Facebook
Site Tools
Go To Search
Click to Home
Lakeland in the News
Scroll down for Lakeland rankings with Movoto, Nerd Wallet, Zippia, and more!

The City of Lakeland has been receiving some good press!

best_young_families_TN_2015.pngLakeland in Top Three TN Cities for Young Families!
Lakeland, named #3, was one of only four communities to receive a perfect 10 from GreatSchools. Lakeland also earned a best risk rating of “most safe,” and its 15-year income growth rate of 69.8% was second-highest in the survey (2015).

Have you seen the "Come Discover Lakeland" video and website? It's here.

Lakeland receives Adventure Tourism District Designation!

Catch up on what's been going on with Lakeland economic development, Parks & Rec, Chamber events, and more!
Checkout our slide show, here.

LSS_logo.jpgLakeland School System Named Exemplary District for 2019
Distinction Recognizes Combination of Achievement and Growth

The Tennessee Department of Education has named Lakeland School System an Exemplary School District for the for the third time in four years of eligibility. Exemplary districts meet state-set requirements for student achievement, and student growth in total student population as well as individual sub-groups of students.

“We are particularly proud that this status recognizes the work of our teachers in growing students from all backgrounds. Our goal remains to be sure all of our students reach their maximum potential,” said LSS superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell.

The District is also #1 in the state for grades 3-5 achievement; ranked 2nd for grades 6-8 achievement.

As of 2019, for the 4th consecutive year:
LSS rated number one in the state for grades 3-5 achievement!

State Education Commissioner visits LES, praises school (Lakeland Currents story)

Blue-Ribbon-School-Award.jpgLakeland Elementary Named a National Blue Ribbon School, in 2018!

The US Department of Education announced, on 10/1/18, that Lakeland Elementary School has received the distinction of being named a National Blue Ribbon School!

In a press release, Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell stated, “This award is essentially the highest honor a school can receive in the United States…”.

Once nominated, the school goes through a series of comprehensive evaluations to determine if they qualify for the award. Congratulations to LES for this prestigious honor! Full story.

LES was one of only six Tennessee schools that was nominated!

Lakeland Elementary School was named as a Reward School, placing it in the top 5% of schools in the state for academic achievement.

Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell said, “These honors are a direct reflection of the hard work and high academic standards of our teachers, staff members, administrators, and school board as well as the commitment of our students and parents to meet those high standards. I could not be more proud of our district.”

Lakeland Elementary Receives AdvancedED Accreditation (March 2017)

The external review is a diagnostic process to stimulate and guide continuous improvement with focus on Impact of teaching and learning, capacity of leadership and use of resources. The external review team observed the teachers in the classroom and spoke with stakeholders throughout the review process.

The report said LES has a strong leadership team and that they are teaching students how to be leaders. LES overall score was 323.08 compared to the AdvancedED average 278.94. The accreditation is valid for 5 years.

Lakeland Elementary School rated #5 of 100 Memphis Metro Schools

Lakeland Middle Preparatory School design awards!

wallet_hub.jpg2017’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Tennessee
...Lakeland made Wallet Hub's top 10 list!

smart_asset.jpgLakeland Ranks Among Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Tennessee, according to a SmartAsset ranking.

A new study from financial technology company SmartAsset ranks the most affordable places to live in Tennessee. This is SmartAsset’s third annual study on the Most Affordable Places in America. These cities are ranked on an Affordability Index weighing property taxes, homeowners’ insurance fees, and mortgage payments relative to income. 

zippia.pngLakeland Among "Most Successful Cities in Tennessee", a career and lifestyle website, analyzed TN cities by median household income, unemployment, etc. Lakeland made their top 10 list! (7/16) named Lakeland #1 on their list of best Memphis suburbs for families: (8/15) named Lakeland a top ten most affordable city in Tennessee: (5/14)

nerd_wallet.pngLakeland was named a top ten TN city for home ownership by Nerd Wallet: (3/14)

The City of Lakeland rated #6 on the top ten list
for BEST cities in Tennessee by Movoto. (12/13)

Moodys_logo_blue.jpg, Lakeland has Aa3 rating from Moody's!

Tree-City-USA.jpgLakeland Designated a Tree City USA Award Recipient
...Lakeland has received the Tree City USA Award 11+ times!

The Tree City Award recognizes cities that have made it a priority to plant, preserve, and protect their precious tree resources as well as engage the community in environmental stewardship.

Emily_Harrell.pngCongrats to City Engineer Emily Harrell!

In May 2017, Emily was named Outstanding Government Engineer by the West Tennessee Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In recognizing Mrs. Harrell, the award committee noted: “She has done a great job of providing engineering services to Lakeland’s residents while ensuring that they coordinate with other jurisdictions for better results and cost savings."

Shane A. Horn, Lakeland City Manager, expressed that he was pleased that Lakeland has been receiving a number of recognitions lately.

“This is an affirmation that Lakeland is on the right path. We’re going to continue to move onward and upward.”

This page can be accessed via or