Your question is a good one. Everyone needs to ask themselves the same question before they make a move. If you are moving from Lake Wales, I would consider that you will be closer to more things including shopping and access to I-4. Winter Haven has just been pointed out to be Polk County's area with the highest increase in property value. There are many nice communities in Winter Haven and Lakeland. Lakeland is of course a larger city with a beautiful downtown as well. Lakeland will offer more shopping than Winter Haven and will have more traffic to deal with. If there are additional questions, you can contact me by phone at 863-604-4185.