These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Florida For 2019


We analyzed over 143 places in Florida to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Florida.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Florida.

Where exactly in Florida is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Sarasota as the best place to hang up your cleats.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Florida that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Sarasota don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Sunshine State to retire for 2019:

Why did Sarasota take the top spot? And where are Jacksonville and Miami?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.

For Florida state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Sunshine State for 2019

To create our list of the best places in Florida to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Sunshine State — 915 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 143 places from across the state.

For these 143, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 143, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Sarasota, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

Sarasota, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,425
Rank Last Year: 93 (Up 92)
Median Rent: $951
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
More on Sarasota: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. The area is renowned for its cultural and environmental amenities, beaches, resorts, and the Sarasota School of Architecture. The city is at the southern end of the Tampa Bay Area, north of Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. Its official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013 Sarasota had a population of 53,326. In 1986 it became designated as a certified local government. Sarasota is a principal city of the Sarasota metropolitan area, and is the seat of Sarasota County.

Tavares, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,965
Rank Last Year: 99 (Up 97)
Median Rent: $907
Distance to Closest Airport: 28 miles
More on Tavares: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tavares is a city located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Lake County. The population in 2015 was 14,583, with a total of 5,000 households and an average household income of $40,000. It is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name is a popular Portuguese surname and toponym.

Vero Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,070
Rank Last Year: 105 (Up 102)
Median Rent: $829
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Vero Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vero Beach is a city in and the seat of Indian River County, Florida, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 data, the city had a population of 15,220.

North Palm Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 12,581
Rank Last Year: 201 (Up 197)
Median Rent: $1,228
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
More on North Palm Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bradenton, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 52,985
Rank Last Year: 69 (Up 64)
Median Rent: $963
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Bradenton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bradenton BRAY-den-ton is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s 2016 population to be 54,437. Bradenton is a principal city of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2007 estimated population of 682,833. It is the county seat.

Clearwater, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 111,747
Rank Last Year: 111 (Up 105)
Median Rent: $970
Distance to Closest Airport: 6 miles
More on Clearwater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clearwater is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida, United States, northwest of Tampa and St. Petersburg. To the west of Clearwater lies the Gulf of Mexico and to the southeast lies Tampa Bay. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 107,685. Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County and is the smallest of the three principal cities in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area.

Melbourne, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 78,911
Rank Last Year: 73 (Up 66)
Median Rent: $863
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
More on Melbourne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Melbourne is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 76,068. The municipality is the second-largest in the county by both size and population. Melbourne is a principal city of the Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1969 the city was expanded by merging with nearby Eau Gallie.

Daytona Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 64,105
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $791
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
More on Daytona Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. It lies about 51 miles northeast of Orlando, 86 miles southeast of Jacksonville, and 242 miles northwest of Miami. In the 2010 U.S. Census, it had a population of 61,005. It is a principal city of the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL metropolitan statistical area, which was home to 590,289 people in 2010. Daytona Beach is also a principal city of the Fun Coast region of Florida.

Fort Myers, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 71,051
Rank Last Year: 37 (Up 28)
Median Rent: $851
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Fort Myers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Myers or Ft. Myers, is the county seat and commercial center of Lee County, Florida, United States. It has grown rapidly in recent years. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 62,298 and in 2016 was estimated at 77,146.

Naples, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 20,980
Rank Last Year: 197 (Up 187)
Median Rent: $1,189
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
More on Naples: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Florida Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Florida goes to Sarasota.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Homestead
  2. Crestview
  3. Ocoee

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Florida

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Sarasota 54,425 $951
2 Tavares 14,965 $907
3 Vero Beach 16,070 $829
4 North Palm Beach 12,581 $1,228
5 Bradenton 52,985 $963
6 Clearwater 111,747 $970
7 Melbourne 78,911 $863
8 Daytona Beach 64,105 $791
9 Fort Myers 71,051 $851
10 Naples 20,980 $1,189
11 Hialeah 235,626 $1,035
12 Lynn Haven 19,799 $970
13 South Daytona 12,470 $833
14 Fernandina Beach 12,156 $1,160
15 Punta Gorda 17,721 $860
16 New Port Richey 15,503 $756
17 Tampa 361,477 $983
18 Safety Harbor 17,268 $1,120
19 Miami Springs 14,430 $972
20 Dunedin 35,882 $985
21 Wilton Manors 12,270 $1,106
22 Tarpon Springs 24,244 $805
23 Port Orange 58,780 $1,062
24 Sebring 10,423 $646
25 Lighthouse Point 10,946 $1,308
26 Lake Mary 15,478 $1,530
27 Largo 80,678 $913
28 Stuart 16,204 $970
29 Eustis 19,661 $795
30 Hollywood 148,114 $1,083
31 Lady Lake 14,501 $927
32 Edgewater 21,306 $1,005
33 Seminole 17,906 $1,086
34 Winter Park 29,543 $1,068
35 Winter Springs 34,439 $1,093
36 Palmetto 13,138 $880
37 Gulfport 12,222 $888
38 Palm Bay 106,573 $949
39 Miami 432,622 $995
40 Satellite Beach 10,495 $1,293
41 Lantana 11,016 $943
42 Cape Coral 170,063 $1,095
43 Niceville 14,325 $954
44 Holly Hill 11,839 $817
45 Sebastian 23,432 $1,015
46 Ormond Beach 40,686 $997
47 Pinellas Park 50,946 $955
48 Fort Lauderdale 175,153 $1,135
49 Mount Dora 13,204 $921
50 Venice 21,722 $1,156
51 Winter Haven 36,669 $864
52 New Smyrna Beach 24,574 $1,045
53 North Port 60,871 $985
54 West Melbourne 20,207 $1,140
55 Sunny Isles Beach 21,937 $1,499
56 West Palm Beach 104,978 $1,096
57 Lake Worth 36,838 $951
58 Casselberry 26,649 $1,039
59 Rockledge 26,144 $1,087
60 Tamarac 63,747 $1,227
61 Maitland 16,911 $1,276
62 Miami Lakes 30,833 $1,404
63 Boca Raton 91,702 $1,500
64 Fort Pierce 43,883 $812
65 Jacksonville 856,616 $955
66 St. Augustine 13,867 $948
67 Cocoa 17,558 $705
68 Parkland 28,354 $2,663
69 Coral Gables 50,533 $1,412
70 Altamonte Springs 42,557 $1,061
71 Margate 56,245 $1,189
72 Key West 26,039 $1,627
73 Fort Walton Beach 21,238 $941
74 Temple Terrace 25,654 $1,001
75 Lake Wales 15,206 $752
76 Hialeah Gardens 23,351 $1,264
77 Orlando 263,306 $1,040
78 St. Petersburg 253,585 $959
79 Key Biscayne 12,935 $2,549
80 Longwood 14,117 $1,151
81 Marco Island 17,361 $1,437
82 Kissimmee 66,840 $968
83 Pensacola 53,250 $862
84 North Miami Beach 43,722 $1,025
85 Sweetwater 20,718 $1,194
86 Palm Springs 23,592 $1,054
87 Deerfield Beach 78,642 $1,177
88 Oakland Park 43,660 $1,115
89 Bartow 18,501 $821
90 Zephyrhills 14,454 $789
91 Riviera Beach 33,683 $1,074
92 Lauderhill 70,452 $1,051
93 Delray Beach 65,044 $1,332
94 Palm Beach Gardens 51,865 $1,450
95 Sanford 57,039 $1,001
96 Davie 98,717 $1,252
97 Deland 29,442 $944
98 Coconut Creek 57,731 $1,393
99 Titusville 44,746 $845
100 Oldsmar 14,023 $1,077

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