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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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Florida? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Sunshine State for 2019:

  1. Maitland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Parkland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Kissimmee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Winter Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Niceville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Miami Lakes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Tampa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Naples (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Weston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Key Biscayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Florida, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

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.

Maitland, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 17,066
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Orlando
Households with kids: 23.3%
More on Maitland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Maitland is a suburban city in Orange County, Florida, United States, part of the Greater Orlando area. The population was 15,751 at the 2010 census. The area’s history is exhibited at the Maitland Historical Museum. The city also hosts the Maitland Art Center, and examples of Mayan Revival architecture and Fantasy Architecture, the Maitland Telephone Museum and the William H. Waterhouse House Museum. A SunRail station is located in Maitland on Highway 17-92. The city is named for Fort Maitland.

Parkland, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 28,901
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Hialeah
Households with kids: 47.7%
More on Parkland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Parkland is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States.

Parkland is known for its zoning laws, which are designed to protect the “park-like” character of the city. Initially, there were no stores or traffic lights in Parkland, though this began to change in the mid 1990s and early 2000s with the additions of large neighborhood developments including Heron Bay and Parkland Isles.

Kissimmee, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 68,176
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 71
Closest Major City: Orlando
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Kissimmee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kissimmee is a city in Osceola County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 59,682. It is the county seat of Osceola County. It is a Principal City of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2010 population of 2,134,411.

Winter Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,922
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Orlando
Households with kids: 21.8%
More on Winter Park: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Winter Park is a suburban city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 27,852 at the 2010 United States Census. It is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Niceville, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,697
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Montgomery
Households with kids: 29.6%
More on Niceville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Niceville is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States, located near Eglin Air Force Base on Boggy Bayou that opens into Choctawhatchee Bay.

Miami Lakes, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 31,032
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Hialeah
Households with kids: 34.2%
More on Miami Lakes: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Miami Lakes is a suburb of Miami, an incorporated town and former census-designated place in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. As of 2015 US Census, 30,791 people live in Miami Lakes.

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

Tampa is a major city in, and the county seat of, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico, and is the largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. The city had a population of 335,709 at the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 377,165 in 2016.

Naples, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 21,279
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 71
Closest Major City: Hialeah
Households with kids: 7.7%
More on Naples: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. As of 2015, the city’s population was about 20,600. Naples is a principal city of the Naples-Marco Island, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of about 322,000 as of 2015. Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, with the sixth highest per capita income in the country, and the second highest proportion of millionaires per capita in the US. Real estate is among the most expensive in the country, with houses for sale in excess of $40 million.

Weston, FL

Source: City Of Weston
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 69,802
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Hialeah
Households with kids: 49.9%
More on Weston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Weston is a master planned suburban community in Broward County, Florida, United States. Established as a city in 1996, much of the community was developed by Arvida/JMB Realty and is located near the western developmental boundary of Broward County. It is the most western city in Broward County, and its entire west side is next to the Everglades.

Key Biscayne, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,074
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Miami
Households with kids: 37.5%
More on Key Biscayne: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Key Biscayne is an island town in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The population was 12,344 at the 2010 census.

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:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Florida

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Maitland, FL 17,066 53
2 Parkland, FL 28,901 43
3 Kissimmee, FL 68,176 59
4 Winter Park, FL 29,922 45
5 Niceville, FL 14,697 44
6 Miami Lakes, FL 31,032 57
7 Tampa, FL 368,087 100
8 Naples, FL 21,279 63
9 Weston, FL 69,802 40
10 Key Biscayne, FL 13,074 35
11 Pembroke Pines, FL 166,530 57
12 Eustis, FL 19,886 53
13 Bradenton, FL 53,654 56
14 St. Cloud, FL 46,624 36
15 Miami Shores, FL 10,756 50
16 Boca Raton, FL 93,964 67
17 Davie, FL 101,543 33
18 Coral Gables, FL 50,909 57
19 Oviedo, FL 38,655 42
20 Clearwater, FL 112,794 85
21 Oldsmar, FL 14,211 44
22 Fernandina Beach, FL 11,957 57
23 Altamonte Springs, FL 43,084 58
24 Temple Terrace, FL 25,853 56
25 Miramar, FL 136,415 50
26 Tavares, FL 15,636 61
27 Coconut Creek, FL 59,154 46
28 Hialeah, FL 237,523 36
29 Doral, FL 56,276 43
30 Safety Harbor, FL 17,484 33
31 Hialeah Gardens, FL 23,834 56
32 Winter Springs, FL 35,050 59
33 North Miami, FL 62,308 62
34 Winter Garden, FL 40,799 37
35 Sarasota, FL 55,103 77
36 Lake Mary, FL 15,886 35
37 Cocoa, FL 17,748 83
38 North Palm Beach, FL 12,749 35
39 Palmetto Bay, FL 24,679 36
40 Minneola, FL 10,634 34
41 Sweetwater, FL 20,989 30
42 Bartow, FL 18,705 52
43 Satellite Beach, FL 10,585 42
44 Miami, FL 443,007 100
45 Coral Springs, FL 130,110 40
46 Cutler Bay, FL 44,721 60
47 Jacksonville, FL 867,313 100
48 New Port Richey, FL 15,674 53
49 Hollywood, FL 149,750 53
50 Fort Pierce, FL 44,248 75
51 Sunny Isles Beach, FL 22,175 40
52 Fort Myers, FL 73,712 73
53 North Miami Beach, FL 43,963 40
54 Lighthouse Point, FL 11,042 31
55 Wellington, FL 62,796 38
56 Orlando, FL 269,414 100
57 Lynn Haven, FL 20,095 55
58 Cape Coral, FL 173,679 42
59 Port St. Lucie, FL 178,778 54
60 Ocoee, FL 43,194 37
61 Lake Wales, FL 15,401 44
62 Fort Lauderdale, FL 177,175 102
63 Miami Springs, FL 14,453 32
64 Sunrise, FL 92,272 54
65 Royal Palm Beach, FL 37,665 53
66 Clermont, FL 32,217 56
67 Pensacola, FL 52,689 66
68 Margate, FL 57,045 47
69 Vero Beach, FL 16,261 70
70 North Port, FL 62,542 37
71 North Lauderdale, FL 43,574 58
72 Winter Haven, FL 38,663 34
73 Miami Gardens, FL 113,187 53
74 Ocala, FL 57,812 65
75 Dunedin, FL 36,099 57
76 Tamarac, FL 64,262 35
77 Stuart, FL 16,240 59
78 Groveland, FL 11,461 32
79 Lake Worth, FL 37,354 42
80 West Palm Beach, FL 106,805 64
81 Oakland Park, FL 44,085 42
82 West Park, FL 14,960 33
83 West Melbourne, FL 20,768 42
84 Jupiter, FL 62,373 42
85 Lakeland, FL 104,165 46
86 Edgewater, FL 21,620 42
87 Auburndale, FL 14,958 55
88 South Miami, FL 12,255 50
89 Boynton Beach, FL 74,483 38
90 Atlantic Beach, FL 13,224 48
91 Casselberry, FL 27,087 59
92 Daytona Beach, FL 65,339 65
93 Seminole, FL 18,206 35
94 Port Orange, FL 60,315 31
95 Longwood, FL 14,345 38
96 Deerfield Beach, FL 79,468 47
97 Fort Walton Beach, FL 21,368 47
98 Apopka, FL 48,682 51
99 Tarpon Springs, FL 24,686 45
100 Rockledge, FL 26,497 59

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