10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Florida For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Florida have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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When you think of where to raise your family, what comes first to mind? Safety, the quality of schools, or even your own job security?

After you graduate and begin your career, your first priority is often yourself. You have to make sure that you make enough to cover living expenses and pay your monthly student loan payments, but not much else.

Once you begin your own family, however, that priority changes. Your first priority is no longer yourself, but rather your children and with that comes a lot more responsibility.

If you were to guess a state that children and families would absolutely love, what would you guess? Did Florida come up?

If not, you should consider it, because Florida is one of the best states to raise kids. The cost of living is low, there is plenty of cheap family vacation opportunities, and the best part of Florida is that it is home to Disney.

Your children would love seeing the magic of Disney over and over and Disney is not just a destination for kids, but for adults too.

If Disney is not your favorite place, then you can take your family to the beach, explore the Keys, and even swim with manatees. You can even travel through the Everglades.

Hooked you on the Florida idea yet? We hope so because there are many amazing cities for families in Florida. But the real question is, where are these cities located? Florida is a massive state, so which cities are the best of the best?

Luckily for you, HomeSnacks has the answers to those questions for you.

We analyzed 145 cities in Florida by ranking cities based upon “family-friendliness” factors like crime levels, quality of schools, and family activities. From that, there was one clear winner: Maitland.

If you haven’t heard of Maitland, then you need to get to the Google Search bar. Maitland is located near Orlando and even scored an 8.5/10 on our SnackAbility scale.

Interested to see how your favorite Florida city stacked on the family-friendliness scale? Read on to learn more about our methodology and to see more detailed information about our top 10 best cities in Florida to raise a family in 2019.

Or, check out some more reading about Florida and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Florida anyways?

To give you the places in Florida which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Sunshine State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Florida, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Florida, that meant a total of 145 cities.

Read on to see why Maitland is where all the families are headed, while Cocoa Beach is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Florida For 2019

Maitland, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,066
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Orlando
Households with kids: 23.3%
More on Maitland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Parkland, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 28,901
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Hialeah
Households with kids: 47.7%
More on Parkland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kissimmee, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 68,176
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 73
Closest Major City: Orlando
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Kissimmee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of Kissimmee by My Little Dicky

I live in Kissimmee and this guy is way off. Its funny tho he sounds like a tourist that sees the abandoned motels in 192 and thinks its more Dangerous than Detroit. Lmaooooo

Winter Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,922
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Orlando
Households with kids: 21.8%
More on Winter Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Niceville, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,697
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 65
Closest Major City: Montgomery
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Niceville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Miami Lakes, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 31,032
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Hialeah
Households with kids: 34.2%
More on Miami Lakes: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of Miami Lakes by HomeSnacks User

I love how Miami lakes is so beautiful and safe also very quiet. They have many markets and places to eat they are a nice people also in Miami lakes.

The area is very good and the people are friendly.

Tampa, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 368,087
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 100
Households with kids: 24.4%
More on Tampa: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of Tampa by HomeSnacks User

the area i live in is very safe and secure, the schools are highly rated.

the place i lived in is very safe, the neighbors are good.

Naples, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 21,279
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Hialeah
Households with kids: 7.7%
More on Naples: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of Naples by HomeSnacks User

I have lived in Naples FL for a long time and have seen our community grow from a fishing village to the wonderful city it now is. I have enjoyed the diversity that has become part of our every day life. As a teacher of religion I have come to respect the diversity of beliefs that have come to Naples. Most encouraging has been the acceptance non-Judeo-Christian belief systems.

I have lived in Naples FL for a long time and have seen our community grow from a fishing village to the wonderful city it now is. I have enjoyed the diversity that has become part of our every day life. As a teacher of religion I have come to respect the diversity of beliefs that have come to Naples. Most encouraging has been the acceptance non-Judeo-Christian belief systems.

Weston, FL

Source: City Of Weston
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 69,802
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Hialeah
Households with kids: 49.9%
More on Weston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Key Biscayne, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,074
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Miami
Households with kids: 37.5%
More on Key Biscayne: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Florida

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Florida ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Florida according to the data:

  1. Cocoa Beach
  2. Pompano Beach
  3. Belle Glade

For more Florida reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Florida

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Maitland, FL 17,066 50
2 Parkland, FL 28,901 46
3 Kissimmee, FL 68,176 51
4 Winter Park, FL 29,922 49
5 Niceville, FL 14,697 41
6 Miami Lakes, FL 31,032 58
7 Tampa, FL 368,087 100
8 Naples, FL 21,279 76
9 Weston, FL 69,802 44
10 Key Biscayne, FL 13,074 56
11 Pembroke Pines, FL 166,530 40
12 Eustis, FL 19,886 65
13 Bradenton, FL 53,654 79
14 St. Cloud, FL 46,624 39
15 Miami Shores, FL 10,756 56
16 Boca Raton, FL 93,964 72
17 Davie, FL 101,543 58
18 Coral Gables, FL 50,909 54
19 Oviedo, FL 38,655 36
20 Clearwater, FL 112,794 82
21 Oldsmar, FL 14,211 32
22 Fernandina Beach, FL 11,957 48
23 Altamonte Springs, FL 43,084 55
24 Temple Terrace, FL 25,853 53
25 Miramar, FL 136,415 38
26 Tavares, FL 15,636 70
27 Coconut Creek, FL 59,154 48
28 Hialeah, FL 237,523 54
29 Doral, FL 56,276 30
30 Safety Harbor, FL 17,484 30
31 Hialeah Gardens, FL 23,834 37
32 Winter Springs, FL 35,050 57
33 North Miami, FL 62,308 39
34 Winter Garden, FL 40,799 41
35 Sarasota, FL 55,103 91
36 Lake Mary, FL 15,886 55
37 Cocoa, FL 17,748 79
38 North Palm Beach, FL 12,749 50
39 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,679 54
40 Minneola, FL 10,634 60
41 Sweetwater, FL 20,989 33
42 Bartow, FL 18,705 68
43 Satellite Beach, FL 10,585 39
44 Miami, FL 443,007 100
45 Coral Springs, FL 130,110 42
46 Cutler Bay, FL 44,721 50
47 Jacksonville, FL 867,313 100
48 New Port Richey, FL 15,674 58
49 Hollywood, FL 149,750 52
50 Fort Pierce, FL 44,248 58
51 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,175 31
52 Fort Myers, FL 73,712 80
53 North Miami Beach, FL 43,963 59
54 Lighthouse Point, FL 11,042 56
55 Wellington, FL 62,796 30
56 Orlando, FL 269,414 78
57 Lynn Haven, FL 20,095 50
58 Cape Coral, FL 173,679 37
59 Port St. Lucie, FL 178,778 51
60 Ocoee, FL 43,194 34
61 Lake Wales, FL 15,401 60
62 Fort Lauderdale, FL 177,175 90
63 Miami Springs, FL 14,453 50
64 Sunrise, FL 92,272 34
65 Royal Palm Beach, FL 37,665 35
66 Clermont, FL 32,217 37
67 Pensacola, FL 52,689 74
68 Margate, FL 57,045 41
69 Vero Beach, FL 16,261 53
70 North Port, FL 62,542 59
71 North Lauderdale, FL 43,574 54
72 Winter Haven, FL 38,663 44
73 Miami Gardens, FL 113,187 42
74 Ocala, FL 57,812 59
75 Dunedin, FL 36,099 36
76 Tamarac, FL 64,262 30
77 Stuart, FL 16,240 44
78 Groveland, FL 11,461 44
79 Lake Worth, FL 37,354 47
80 West Palm Beach, FL 106,805 92
81 Oakland Park, FL 44,085 47
82 West Park, FL 14,960 50
83 West Melbourne, FL 20,768 44
84 Jupiter, FL 62,373 55
85 Lakeland, FL 104,165 38
86 Edgewater, FL 21,620 57
87 Auburndale, FL 14,958 54
88 South Miami, FL 12,255 36
89 Boynton Beach, FL 74,483 42
90 Atlantic Beach, FL 13,224 56
91 Casselberry, FL 27,087 52
92 Daytona Beach, FL 65,339 58
93 Seminole, FL 18,206 56
94 Port Orange, FL 60,315 44
95 Longwood, FL 14,345 56
96 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,468 39
97 Fort Walton Beach, FL 21,368 41
98 Apopka, FL 48,682 44
99 Tarpon Springs, FL 24,686 36
100 Rockledge, FL 26,497 32

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