Davenport is a small city in central Florida, roughly 23 miles east of Lakeland and 64 miles east of Tampa. The city is in Polk County and is considered part of the Lakeland-Winter Haven metropolitan area. Davenport apartments for rent offer attractive options for people looking to live in a small town teeming with charm and warmth.
City-Data information revealed that Davenport's population was at more than 2,900 as of 2010. The city has shown tremendous growth, increasing by more than 50 percent between the years 2000 and 2010.
According to the city website, Davenport offers residents a historic district, downtown shopping and outdoor recreation at Lake Play. It is currently unknown where Davenport received its name, as one legend claims it was named for a well-known railroad conductor and another says the community was named after Colonel William Davenport.
City Town Info revealed that nearly 60 percent of Davenport's adult residents are married, which indicates that this is a particularly family-friendly city. The average family size in Davenport is roughly 2.9 people and roughly 85 percent of homes in the city are owner-occupied; however, there is still a substantial renting community. Residents particularly enjoy a low cost of living, which City-Data information revealed was indexed at 88.8 points as of March 2012. This is 11.2 percent less than the national average.
There is much to see and do for people living in Davenport apartments as well as visitors to the region. The city hosts numerous events year round to engage the community, including the city's monthly Cruise In event, Davenport's Safe Place to Trick-or-Treat for safe Halloween fun and the annual Horse Creek Festival. The festival is put together to celebrate Florida's history and culture, and visitors to the event can enjoy the Florida Heritage Invitational Art Show.
Another popular local event is the Annual Highwaymen Art Reception and Festival, held the first weekend of March. The event features works of art from a group of 26 African-American artists who have come to be known as the "Florida Highwaymen," recognized for their brightly-colored portrayals of Florida's untouched landscape.
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