Set on a rolling expanse of hills, Haines City offers the comfort and convenience of modern life without the hustle and hassle of a big city. It is truly a "city growing for tomorrow." Haines City has resisted becoming over-crowed. Instead, this close-knit, friendly community has maintained its high quality of life, favorable working conditions, rural ambiance, and almost unlimited outdoor recreation. The Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort offers golf, tennis, a fitness center, fishing, swimming, a recreational center, programs for kids and more.
Sixteen lakes in the area offer scenic views and excellent freshwater fishing. Golfers will find eight courses to whet their appetites and many more in surrounding areas. In addition, a wide variety of employment, cultural and educational opportunities are available. Many residents work within the Haines City area; others choose to commute to nearby cities.
Students in Haines City attend the Polk County Public School System. The district is the eighth largest school district in Florida and the 29th largest in the nation. The school system serves over 92,000 students from pre-kindergarten through adult school classes. The system includes high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and 10 adult, alternative education, technical and exceptional student education centers. There are also seven charter schools located throughout Polk County.
Polk Community College, a two-year institution, offers complete career programs. Four-year institutions within commuting distance include Florida Southern College, the University of South Florida, Webber College, Warner Southern College, Webster University, the University of Central Florida and the University of Tampa. Two technical schools, Ridge Technical Center and Travis Technical Center, are also nearby.
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