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 Lauderhill don’t mind us spreading the word.

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

  1. Lauderhill
  2. Largo (Photos)
  3. South Daytona
  4. Lauderdale Lakes (Photos)
  5. Tampa (Photos)
  6. Palm Springs
  7. North Lauderdale
  8. Hialeah (Photos)
  9. Margate (Photos)
  10. Sweetwater

Why did Lauderhill 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 purely worst and best places to live in Florida.

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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 Lauderhill, 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. Lauderhill


Population: 70,452
Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,161
Lauderhill ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 14th place rank for cost of living and it’s 78th place safety rank.

2. Largo

Largo, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,678
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,983
Largo ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 19th place rank for cost of living and it’s 73rd place safety rank.

3. South Daytona

South Daytona, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,470
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,785
South Daytona ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 19th place rank for cost of living and it’s 67th place safety rank.

4. Lauderdale Lakes

Lauderdale Lakes, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,321
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,160
Lauderdale Lakes ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 4th place rank for cost of living and it’s 105th place safety rank.

5. Tampa

Tampa, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 361,477
Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,973
Tampa ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 35th place rank for cost of living and it’s 44th place safety rank.

6. Palm Springs


Population: 23,592
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,446
Palm Springs ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 19th place rank for cost of living and it’s 111th place safety rank.

7. North Lauderdale

North Lauderdale, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,087
Cost Of Living: 92
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,996
North Lauderdale ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 43rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 45th place safety rank.

8. Hialeah

Hialeah, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 235,626
Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,105
Hialeah ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 84th place rank for cost of living and it’s 48th place safety rank.

9. Margate

Margate, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,245
Cost Of Living: 94
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,825
Margate ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 56th place rank for cost of living and it’s 13th place safety rank.

10. Sweetwater


Population: 20,718
Cost Of Living: 100
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,330
Sweetwater ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 89th place rank for cost of living and it’s 55th 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 Lauderhill.

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

  • St. Augustine
  • Tallahassee
  • Palatka

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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
Lauderhill 1 70,452 86 7 4,161
Largo 2 80,678 87 5 3,983
South Daytona 3 12,470 87 3 3,785
Lauderdale Lakes 4 34,321 83 7 5,160
Tampa 5 361,477 90 3 2,973
Palm Springs 6 23,592 87 3 5,446
North Lauderdale 7 43,087 92 10 2,996
Hialeah 8 235,626 99 5 3,105
Margate 9 56,245 94 12 1,825
Sweetwater 10 20,718 100 5 3,330
Tamarac 11 63,747 93 11 2,246
West Park 12 14,884 93 6 4,259
Satellite Beach 13 10,495 113 5 1,410
Safety Harbor 14 17,268 104 6 1,974
Lake Worth 15 36,838 89 4 6,517
Port Orange 16 58,780 97 5 1,987
Altamonte Springs 17 42,557 90 12 3,531
Clearwater 18 111,747 93 6 4,406
Coconut Creek 19 57,731 94 14 2,343
Hialeah Gardens 20 23,351 100 7 3,815
Holly Hill 21 11,839 83 4 5,693
Sunny Isles Beach 22 21,937 134 9 2,051
Palm Bay 23 106,573 87 8 2,651
Seminole 24 17,906 96 7 3,172
Temple Terrace 25 25,654 92 10 3,426
Melbourne 26 78,911 89 1 4,705
Melbourne 27 78,911 89 1 4,705
Pinellas Park 28 50,946 85 3 6,194
Winter Springs 29 34,439 104 6 1,254
Deerfield Beach 30 78,642 94 16 3,105
Dunedin 31 35,882 96 11 2,212
Miami Lakes 32 30,833 125 8 2,231
Key Biscayne 33 12,935 244 10 1,638
Sunrise 34 91,177 98 9 3,653
Oakland Park 35 43,660 98 7 4,624
Hollywood 36 148,114 106 2 4,804
Miami Springs 37 14,430 128 1 3,977
North Miami Beach 38 43,722 98 9 4,553
Lynn Haven 39 19,799 99 3 2,712
Bradenton 40 52,985 96 6 4,429
Sarasota 41 54,425 96 4 5,317
Miami Gardens 42 112,514 96 10 4,674
Lantana 43 11,016 95 7 5,492
West Melbourne 44 20,207 99 3 3,231
Pembroke Pines 45 164,753 110 12 2,459
Royal Palm Beach 46 36,829 105 8 2,671
Oviedo 47 37,545 113 8 1,377
North Palm Beach 48 12,581 110 9 2,440
Miramar 49 133,741 108 12 2,368
Coral Springs 50 127,673 122 15 2,102
North Miami 51 62,158 97 10 5,442
Gulfport 52 12,222 89 11 5,751
Sanford 53 57,039 91 2 6,025
Casselberry 54 26,649 96 9 4,634
Riviera Beach 55 33,683 94 7 5,801
Miami 56 432,622 119 5 5,747
Orlando 57 263,306 92 1 7,160
Palmetto 58 13,138 93 9 4,270
St. Petersburg 59 253,585 89 10 6,435
Lighthouse Point 60 10,946 150 14 2,055
Lake Mary 61 15,478 114 6 2,106
Doral 62 53,426 125 4 4,009
Kissimmee 63 66,840 92 10 4,878
Fort Myers 64 71,051 95 7 4,144
New Port Richey 65 15,503 85 21 5,224
St. Cloud 66 44,198 98 13 2,264
Aventura 67 37,515 130 7 5,477
Longwood 68 14,117 109 8 3,265
Boynton Beach 69 72,748 103 10 4,477
Edgewater 70 21,306 90 17 2,046
Fort Lauderdale 71 175,153 118 4 5,868
Wilton Manors 72 12,270 127 6 5,533
Daytona Beach 73 64,105 85 2 7,453
Davie 74 98,717 116 8 3,509
Rockledge 75 26,144 100 15 2,145
Cape Coral 76 170,063 96 16 2,065
Weston 77 68,893 140 15 616
Sebastian 78 23,432 95 23 2,142
Oldsmar 79 14,023 98 9 3,437
Pompano Beach 80 106,004 99 11 5,129
Tarpon Springs 81 24,244 98 17 3,192
Jupiter 82 60,597 121 16 1,939
Key West 83 26,039 151 1 5,829
Coral Gables 84 50,533 191 7 4,082
Port St. Lucie 85 175,652 93 44 1,560
West Palm Beach 86 104,978 99 4 5,369
Titusville 87 44,746 85 28 3,830
Maitland 88 16,911 121 13 2,743
Stuart 89 16,204 87 36 4,375
South Miami 90 12,207 144 5 5,939
North Port 91 60,871 92 31 1,634
Atlantic Beach 92 13,089 121 20 2,765
Ocoee 93 41,393 98 17 3,742
Homestead 94 65,688 91 24 5,822
Boca Raton 95 91,702 118 20 2,435
Cutler Bay 96 44,002 106 15 4,483
Delray Beach 97 65,044 101 15 4,865
Jacksonville 98 856,616 91 10 4,621
Tavares 99 14,965 93 28 3,167
Fort Walton Beach 100 21,238 94 57 3,597
Venice 101 21,722 100 21 2,007
Deland 102 29,442 89 17 4,836
Winter Park 103 29,543 125 11 4,011
Parkland 104 28,354 172 17 634
Miami Beach 105 91,784 134 9 11,239
Lady Lake 106 14,501 103 43 1,503
Palmetto Bay 107 24,522 132 11 3,588
Miami Shores 108 10,772 151 8 5,458
Eustis 109 19,661 94 27 3,870
Winter Garden 110 39,219 104 19 3,253
Wellington 111 61,371 122 11 2,137
Ormond Beach 112 40,686 100 8 4,229
Clermont 113 31,171 102 29 3,047
Gainesville 114 128,610 90 68 4,196
Apopka 115 47,023 96 18 3,564
Punta Gorda 116 17,721 102 28 1,664
Winter Haven 117 36,669 85 36 4,295
Pensacola 118 53,250 88 91 5,188
Belle Glade 119 18,855 90 35 6,528
Fort Pierce 120 43,883 81 50 5,970
Mount Dora 121 13,204 97 24 3,945
Zephyrhills 122 14,454 81 28 6,627
Jacksonville Beach 123 22,519 118 23 4,209
Lakeland 124 102,714 88 31 5,586
Lakeland 125 102,714 88 35 5,586
Crestview 126 22,941 93 64 3,783
New Smyrna Beach 127 24,574 106 12 3,353
Vero Beach 128 16,070 94 35 4,206
Niceville 129 14,325 112 52 1,326
Lake Wales 130 15,206 86 39 4,840
Palm Beach Gardens 131 51,865 122 12 2,936
Sebring 132 10,423 84 65 4,998
Marco Island 133 17,361 148 41 708
Leesburg 134 21,570 84 39 5,554
Fernandina Beach 135 12,156 119 18 2,533
Cocoa 136 17,558 87 20 7,984
Naples 137 20,980 181 26 2,654
Auburndale 138 14,638 87 37 5,615
Bartow 139 18,501 83 43 5,772
Ocala 140 57,873 86 61 5,810
Cocoa Beach 141 11,466 110 16 6,323
Palatka 142 10,407 88 48 5,938
Tallahassee 143 188,466 96 86 5,750
St. Augustine 144 13,867 103 47 5,870

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