These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Florida


We analyzed over 144 places in Florida to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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 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.

But where exactly in Florida? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

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 North Lauderdale don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Sunshine State to retire:

  1. North Lauderdale
  2. Margate
  3. Tamarac
  4. Altamonte Springs
  5. Coconut Creek
  6. Temple Terrace
  7. Deerfield Beach
  8. Dunedin
  9. Key Biscayne
  10. Miami Gardens

Why did North Lauderdale take the top spot? And where are Jacksonville and Miami? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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

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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 144 places from across the state.

For these 144, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 144, with the lowest number being the best.

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

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1. North Lauderdale

North Lauderdale, Florida

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Population: 42,354
Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,048
North Lauderdale ranked 1 overall thanks to its 43 place rank for cost of living and 44 place safety rank.

2. Margate

Margate, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,929
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,869
Margate ranked 2 overall thanks to its 56 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.

3. Tamarac


Population 2014: 62,478
Cost Of Living: 93
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,292
Tamarac ranked 3 overall thanks to its 49 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.

4. Altamonte Springs

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,889
Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,588
Altamonte Springs ranked 4 overall thanks to its 35 place rank for cost of living and 59 place safety rank.

5. Coconut Creek

Coconut Creek, Florida

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Population: 55,590
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,433
Coconut Creek ranked 5 overall thanks to its 56 place rank for cost of living and 30 place safety rank.

6. Temple Terrace

Temple Terrace, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,098
Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,502
Temple Terrace ranked 6 overall thanks to its 43 place rank for cost of living and 56 place safety rank.

7. Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,341
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,157
Deerfield Beach ranked 7 overall thanks to its 56 place rank for cost of living and 47 place safety rank.

8. Dunedin

Dunedin, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,538
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,234
Dunedin ranked 8 overall thanks to its 67 place rank for cost of living and 27 place safety rank.

9. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,774
Cost Of Living: 244
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,659
Key Biscayne ranked 9 overall thanks to its 144 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

10. Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens, Florida

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Population: 110,867
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,744
Miami Gardens ranked 10 overall thanks to its 67 place rank for cost of living and 95 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

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

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

  • St. Augustine
  • Ormond Beach
  • Miami Beach

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Florida

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
North Lauderdale 1 42,354 92 10 3,048
Margate 2 54,929 94 12 1,869
Tamarac 3 62,478 93 11 2,292
Altamonte Springs 4 41,889 90 12 3,588
Coconut Creek 5 55,590 94 14 2,433
Temple Terrace 6 25,098 92 10 3,502
Deerfield Beach 7 77,341 94 16 3,157
Dunedin 8 35,538 96 11 2,234
Key Biscayne 9 12,774 244 10 1,659
Miami Gardens 10 110,867 96 10 4,744
Pembroke Pines 11 159,920 110 12 2,533
Miramar 12 128,414 108 12 2,466
Gulfport 13 12,102 89 11 5,808
Coral Springs 14 125,150 122 15 2,144
North Miami 15 60,756 97 10 5,568
South Daytona 16 12,265 87 3 3,848
Melbourne 17 77,216 89 1 4,808
Melbourne 18 77,216 89 1 4,808
Tampa 19 348,934 90 3 3,080
St. Petersburg 20 248,429 89 10 6,568
Lighthouse Point 21 10,693 150 14 2,104
Lauderhill 22 69,082 86 7 4,244
Largo 23 78,391 87 5 4,099
Kissimmee 24 63,392 92 10 5,144
Miami Springs 25 14,255 128 1 4,026
New Port Richey 26 15,063 85 21 5,377
Boynton Beach 27 70,355 103 10 4,629
St. Cloud 28 39,685 98 13 2,522
Edgewater 29 20,879 90 17 2,088
Hialeah 30 232,311 99 5 3,150
Rockledge 31 25,477 100 15 2,201
Lauderdale Lakes 32 33,710 83 7 5,253
Palm Springs 33 21,302 87 3 6,032
Sweetwater 34 20,562 100 5 3,355
Cape Coral 35 161,804 96 16 2,171
Weston 36 67,567 140 15 629
Tarpon Springs 37 23,789 98 17 3,253
Pompano Beach 38 103,234 99 11 5,266
Sebastian 39 22,485 95 23 2,232
Jupiter 40 57,625 121 16 2,039
West Park 41 14,604 93 6 4,341
Titusville 42 44,032 85 28 3,892
Maitland 43 16,273 121 13 2,851
Atlantic Beach 44 12,840 121 20 2,819
Stuart 45 15,850 87 36 4,473
Port St. Lucie 46 169,260 93 44 1,619
Orlando 47 250,224 92 1 7,535
Satellite Beach 48 10,262 113 5 1,442
Lake Worth 49 35,903 89 4 6,687
Cutler Bay 50 42,573 106 15 4,634
Ocoee 51 38,340 98 17 4,040
North Port 52 58,584 92 31 1,698
Boca Raton 53 88,187 118 20 2,532
Delray Beach 54 62,828 101 15 5,037
Homestead 55 63,459 91 24 6,027
Hollywood 56 145,128 106 2 4,903
Jacksonville 57 837,533 91 10 4,726
Holly Hill 58 11,680 83 4 5,770
Safety Harbor 59 17,017 104 6 2,003
Pinellas Park 60 49,874 85 3 6,327
Port Orange 61 57,218 97 5 2,041
Tavares 62 14,343 93 28 3,304
Winter Park 63 28,771 125 11 4,118
Venice 64 21,121 100 21 2,064
Parkland 65 25,895 172 17 695
Palmetto Bay 66 24,214 132 11 3,634
Clearwater 67 109,210 93 6 4,508
Deland 68 27,872 89 17 5,109
Eustis 69 18,920 94 27 4,022
Winter Garden 70 36,826 104 19 3,464
Hialeah Gardens 71 22,660 100 7 3,932
Sunny Isles Beach 72 21,583 134 9 2,084
Wellington 73 59,022 122 11 2,222
Palm Bay 74 104,342 87 8 2,708
Seminole 75 17,477 96 7 3,249
Lynn Haven 76 19,049 99 3 2,819
Fort Walton Beach 77 20,320 94 57 3,759
Winter Springs 78 33,673 104 6 1,282
Lady Lake 79 14,138 103 43 1,541
Apopka 80 44,462 96 18 3,769
Punta Gorda 81 16,984 102 28 1,736
Clermont 82 29,582 102 29 3,211
Key West 83 25,187 151 1 6,026
Sanford 84 55,296 91 2 6,215
Miami Lakes 85 30,396 125 8 2,263
Winter Haven 86 35,070 85 36 4,491
West Melbourne 87 19,208 99 3 3,399
Sunrise 88 88,391 98 9 3,768
Oakland Park 89 42,795 98 7 4,717
Sarasota 90 52,986 96 4 5,461
Mount Dora 91 12,663 97 24 4,114
Belle Glade 92 17,785 90 35 6,921
Zephyrhills 93 14,041 81 28 6,822
North Miami Beach 94 43,028 98 9 4,627
Bradenton 95 50,777 96 6 4,622
Jacksonville Beach 96 21,822 118 23 4,344
Gainesville 97 126,465 90 68 4,267
Lantana 98 10,822 95 7 5,590
New Smyrna Beach 99 22,993 106 12 3,583
Lakeland 100 99,942 88 31 5,741
Palm Beach Gardens 101 50,147 122 12 3,037
Lakeland 102 99,942 88 35 5,741
Fort Pierce 103 42,744 81 50 6,129
Vero Beach 104 15,577 94 35 4,339
Lake Wales 105 14,665 86 39 5,018
Royal Palm Beach 106 35,482 105 8 2,773
Daytona Beach 107 61,913 85 2 7,717
Fernandina Beach 108 11,851 119 18 2,598
North Palm Beach 109 12,272 110 9 2,501
Oviedo 110 35,602 113 8 1,452
Cocoa 111 17,261 87 20 8,122
Leesburg 112 20,915 84 39 5,727
Naples 113 20,214 181 26 2,755
Casselberry 114 26,520 96 9 4,656
Riviera Beach 115 33,123 94 7 5,899
Miami 116 416,432 119 5 5,971
Niceville 117 13,562 112 52 1,400
Marco Island 118 16,921 148 41 726
Palmetto 119 12,856 93 9 4,363
Doral 120 49,363 125 4 4,339
Crestview 121 22,099 93 64 3,927
Sebring 122 10,356 84 65 5,030
Fort Lauderdale 123 171,137 118 4 6,005
Auburndale 124 13,979 87 37 5,880
Pensacola 125 52,505 88 91 5,262
Lake Mary 126 14,605 114 6 2,232
Cocoa Beach 127 11,287 110 16 6,423
Bartow 128 17,766 83 43 6,011
Aventura 129 36,979 130 7 5,557
Longwood 130 13,776 109 8 3,346
Wilton Manors 131 11,994 127 6 5,661
Palatka 132 10,464 88 48 5,905
Fort Myers 133 66,167 95 7 4,450
Ocala 134 56,918 86 61 5,908
Davie 135 95,721 116 8 3,618
West Palm Beach 136 102,283 99 4 5,511
Oldsmar 137 13,730 98 9 3,510
South Miami 138 12,036 144 5 6,023
Coral Gables 139 49,319 191 7 4,182
Miami Shores 140 10,736 151 8 5,476
Tallahassee 141 185,395 96 86 5,845
Miami Beach 142 90,669 134 9 11,377
Ormond Beach 143 38,502 100 8 4,469
St. Augustine 144 13,440 103 47 6,056

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