These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Florida


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Florida are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Florida, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Sunshine State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Florida based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Florida ranked the based–you know, based on science. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Florida (in which to live):

  1. Gulf Stream
  2. Sea Ranch Lakes
  3. Golf
  4. Golden Beach
  5. Shalimar
  6. Manalapan
  7. Jupiter Island
  8. Melbourne Village
  9. Crescent Beach
  10. Captiva

If you live in one of these small towns like Gulf Stream, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Florida.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Florida

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 103 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 103, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Florida. Top of that list — Gulf Stream.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Florida. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Florida.

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1. Gulf Stream


Population 2014: 876
Median Income: $209,583
Median Home Price: $1,555,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,583

2. Sea Ranch Lakes


Population 2014: 862
Median Income: $115,000
Median Home Price: $753,800
Crime Per 100k: 1,545

3. Golf


Population 2014: 291
Median Income: $239,063
Median Home Price: $1,298,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,511

4. Golden Beach


Population 2014: 805
Median Income: $150,893
Median Home Price: $2,587,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,148

5. Shalimar


Population 2014: 635
Median Income: $83,750
Median Home Price: $305,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,511

6. Manalapan


Population 2014: 317
Median Income: $210,417
Median Home Price: $987,000
Crime Per 100k: 4,138

7. Jupiter Island


Population 2014: 523
Median Income: $349,000
Median Home Price: $4,258,000
Crime Per 100k: 3,380

8. Melbourne Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 672
Median Income: $66,607
Median Home Price: $215,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,644

9. Crescent Beach


Population 2014: 909
Median Income: $57,625
Median Home Price: $506,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,511

10. Captiva


Population 2014: 225
Median Income: $170,469
Median Home Price: $256,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,511

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in Florida are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Florida:

  1. Lemon Grove
  2. Jacob City
  3. Pine Lakes

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Florida

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Gulf Stream 1 876 $209,583 $1,555,500 1,583
Sea Ranch Lakes 2 862 $115,000 $753,800 1,545
Golf 3 291 $239,063 $1,298,000 1,511
Golden Beach 4 805 $150,893 $2,587,000 1,148
Shalimar 5 635 $83,750 $305,700 1,511
Manalapan 6 317 $210,417 $987,000 4,138
Jupiter Island 7 523 $349,000 $4,258,000 3,380
Melbourne Village 8 672 $66,607 $215,500 1,644
Crescent Beach 9 909 $57,625 $506,000 1,511
Captiva 10 225 $170,469 $256,300 1,511
Glen Ridge 11 191 $63,250 $302,900 2,199
Briny Breezes 12 702 $39,306 $174,800 2,314
Black Diamond 13 728 $84,375 $422,000 3,257
Cinco Bayou 14 336 $52,344 $268,400 1,743
Hillsboro Pines 15 254 $69,545 $250,000 2,738
Mulat 16 173 $98,553 $310,500 1,512
Duck Key 17 534 $50,887 $816,800 1,511
Mcintosh 18 330 $51,679 $161,900 3,412
Hillcrest Heights 19 247 $71,250 $169,400 3,217
Everglades 20 278 $41,389 $235,500 3,503
Juno Ridge 21 714 $35,313 $157,100 3,698
Highland Park 22 291 $39,688 $201,400 3,131
Black Hammock 23 1,011 $42,875 $291,200 792
Spring Ridge 24 194 $82,500 $113,300 3,623
Allentown 25 1,016 $69,405 $174,200 1,299
Goodland 26 261 $24,167 $288,200 3,328
Chokoloskee 27 523 $38,922 $216,400 4,159
Sorrento 28 936 $64,464 $167,000 3,923
Brooker 29 310 $51,250 $115,500 4,874
Cedar Key 30 528 $33,750 $223,100 2,853
Mount Carmel 31 236 $46,071 $152,000 4,228
Micanopy 32 926 $42,104 $118,900 4,505
Pittman 33 288 $99,630 $173,900 2,565
Harold 34 1,086 $57,050 $95,100 1,726
Chumuckla 35 848 $66,801 $197,100 3,624
Wacissa 36 160 $53,393 $86,500 4,084
Floridatown 37 413 $62,614 $139,800 4,064
Avalon 38 566 $80,625 $196,800 3,299
Webster 39 990 $23,929 $90,400 1,650
Fort White 40 763 $28,558 $179,000 4,230
Fort Green Springs 41 521 $68,958 $107,700 5,067
Hastings 42 687 $22,500 $119,500 5,048
Altha 43 417 $33,333 $86,300 1,115
Lake Mystic 44 492 $70,192 $100,700 4,384
Sopchoppy 45 320 $32,083 $134,700 4,693
Istachatta 46 114 $77,500 $285,000 3,325
Homeland 47 405 $34,148 $142,400 5,146
Nobleton 48 222 $52,417 $81,100 4,582
Gun Club Estates 49 871 $39,038 $69,800 5,843
Roeville 50 540 $58,155 $125,000 4,657
White Springs 51 1,046 $31,372 $92,200 5,052
Franklin Park 52 1,125 $22,056 $87,200 2,099
Spring Lake 53 315 $31,750 $151,400 4,091
Wiscon 54 797 $26,912 $59,000 5,521
Westville 55 357 $46,250 $75,000 5,605
Raiford 56 149 $31,250 $156,300 4,913
Cypress Quarters 57 1,263 $27,143 $87,400 1,937
Ponce De Leon 58 380 $30,104 $76,600 5,117
Bristol 59 925 $34,844 $86,300 5,486
Bell 60 595 $38,100 $75,800 5,456
Laurel Hill 61 645 $39,531 $97,100 5,343
Five Points 62 876 $28,185 $104,400 4,895
Acacia Villas 63 299 $34,449 $34,600 6,042
Paradise Heights 64 797 $31,287 $92,500 5,614
Grand Ridge 65 945 $38,382 $78,000 5,317
Lee 66 568 $46,635 $75,500 5,387
Hosford 67 382 $26,000 $164,300 4,302
Crystal Springs 68 706 $40,179 $82,800 5,055
Wausau 69 319 $31,944 $61,300 5,611
Jennings 70 1,006 $30,865 $25,800 1,845
Paisley 71 884 $36,058 $91,000 5,581
Campbellton 72 168 $24,821 $92,500 5,257
Bascom 73 152 $30,625 $72,800 5,286
Worthington Springs 74 712 $44,129 $87,000 5,842
Greenwood 75 712 $35,357 $83,300 5,547
La Crosse 76 140 $31,964 $96,700 5,179
Seville 77 167 $31,653 $75,000 5,261
Paxton 78 788 $37,857 $88,800 5,525
Deland Southwest 79 959 $31,250 $96,700 5,532
Reddick 80 406 $27,396 $87,500 5,381
Greensboro 81 911 $30,081 $114,700 5,265
Coleman 82 718 $24,625 $74,400 5,696
Hampton 83 647 $30,833 $77,400 5,677
Alford 84 508 $26,058 $77,400 5,817
Lake Mack-Forest Hills 85 1,097 $22,370 $81,500 1,950
Berrydale 86 406 $31,250 $49,400 5,825
Canal Point 87 399 $25,536 $86,700 5,760
Ebro 88 284 $39,063 $39,200 5,906
Caryville 89 430 $43,125 $53,200 6,042
East Williston 90 664 $34,861 $83,200 5,606
Jay 91 472 $30,227 $76,300 5,396
Pomona Park 92 830 $30,341 $66,400 5,792
Esto 93 445 $30,625 $46,700 6,042
Cottondale 94 885 $19,926 $77,700 5,910
Charleston Park 95 240 $28,622 $73,800 6,042
Noma 96 359 $21,827 $33,500 6,042
Bradley Junction 97 379 $31,118 $75,800 5,346
Medley 98 879 $22,292 $41,000 29,656
Greenville 99 759 $22,250 $49,300 5,924
Otter Creek 100 217 $21,875 $39,600 6,042

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