These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Florida For 2018


These are the cream of the crop when it comes to living in The Sunshine State.

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Where are the best places in the state of Florida?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Sunshine State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Florida.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 205 places in Florida, we came up with this list of the best places:

  1. Key Biscayne (Photos | Homes)
  2. Palm Beach (Photos | Homes)
  3. Lighthouse Point (Photos | Homes)
  4. North Palm Beach (Photos | Homes)
  5. Naples (Photos | Homes)
  6. Gulf Breeze (Photos | Homes)
  7. Marco Island (Homes)
  8. Coral Gables (Photos | Homes)
  9. Tequesta (Photos | Homes)
  10. Parkland (Photos | Homes)

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Florida.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Tallahassee with a population of 188,466 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 205 cities, 289 towns, and 172 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

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How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Florida

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Florida across a number of criteria from one to 205, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Florida”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Florida.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Key Biscayne at the end of the cul-de-sac.

1. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,935
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $1,034,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (21st best)
More on Key Biscayne: Real Estate | Data
This isn’t a knock on the rest of Florida, but Key Biscayne is a little slice of heaven. Key Biscayne blew away the rest of the state across the board.

The weather, measured in terms of rain, sunny days and humidity, is statistically almost the best here, and the residents here earn far more than most residents in other areas of the state.

And when you have really low crime, life is good, at least those who can afford it.

2. Palm Beach

Palm Beach, Florida

Population: 8,501
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $955,600 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (1st best)
More on Palm Beach: Real Estate | Data
If you want to live in Florida, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Palm Beach area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $115,050 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Palm Beach as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Palm Beach.

3. Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point, Florida

Population: 10,946
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $404,900 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (48th best)
More on Lighthouse Point: Real Estate | Data

There’s two types of people who live in Lighthouse Point. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those who can afford to buy a $404,900 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Lighthouse Point is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

4. North Palm Beach

North Palm Beach, Florida

Population: 12,581
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Values: $258,900 (50th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (7th best)
More on North Palm Beach: Real Estate | Data

North Palm Beach ranks 4th on our list of best places to live in Florida thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Florida that we examined.

People have been flocking to North Palm Beach over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

5. Naples

Naples, Florida

Population: 20,980
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Home Values: $770,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (24th best)
More on Naples: Real Estate | Data
In Naples, everyone loves to call Naples home! The median home value is the 4th highest in Florida.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 24th lowest in the state and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Sunshine State.

Naples should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

6. Gulf Breeze

Gulf Breeze, Florida

Population: 6,205
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Home Values: $387,300 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (34th best)
More on Gulf Breeze: Real Estate | Data

Gulf Breeze has a really low crime rate (25th lowest) and only 5.3% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($98,308). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Gulf Breeze.

7. Marco Island

Marco Island, Florida

Population: 17,361
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Values: $492,000 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (17th best)
More on Marco Island: Real Estate | Data

Who doesn’t want to live inMarco Island? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 4.4%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Marco Island in the news in the coming months.

8. Coral Gables

Coral Gables, Florida

Population: 50,533
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Values: $696,000 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (7th best)
More on Coral Gables: Real Estate | Data

Coral Gables has been called one of the best towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Coral Gables has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.9% and lowering. And the Coral Gables police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 83rd lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

9. Tequesta

Tequesta, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,873
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $319,900 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (31st best)
More on Tequesta: Real Estate | Data

At an umeployment rate of 5.2%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Tequesta. And the residents command high salaries ($54,730 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($319,900 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Florida. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

10. Parkland

Parkland, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 28,354
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Home Values: $490,100 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (51st best)
More on Parkland: Real Estate | Data

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Parkland.

Parkland is a municipality in Broward County, Florida, United States, where zoning laws 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 like Heron Bay and Parkland Isles.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best In Florida

If you’re looking at areas in Florida with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Key Biscayne made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.

Best Towns To Live In Florida

  1. Highland Beach (Pop. 3,689)
  2. Hillsboro Beach (Pop. 1,467)
  3. Indian River Shores (Pop. 4,082)
  4. Pine Ridge CDP (Collier (Pop. 1,833)
  5. Vineyards (Pop. 3,925)
  6. Lake Clarke Shores (Pop. 3,517)
  7. South Beach (Pop. 3,325)
  8. Harbor Bluffs (Pop. 2,931)
  9. Melbourne Beach (Pop. 3,189)
  10. Windermere (Pop. 3,175)

Best Small Towns To Live In Florida

  1. Jupiter Inlet Colony (Pop. 508)
  2. Hillsboro Pines (Pop. 510)
  3. Windsor (Pop. 251)
  4. Lazy Lake (Pop. 34)
  5. Gulf Stream (Pop. 660)
  6. Sea Ranch Lakes (Pop. 663)
  7. Golf (Pop. 213)
  8. Pine Island (Pop. 10)
  9. Belleair Shore (Pop. 81)
  10. Manalapan (Pop. 270)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Florida:

  1. Pahokee (Pop. 6,022)
  2. Belle Glade (Pop. 18,855)
  3. South Bay (Pop. 5,026)

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Florida

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Key Biscayne 1 1 12,935 4.7% $1,034,800
Palm Beach 2 2 8,501 2.3% $955,600
Lighthouse Point 3 3 10,946 5.7% $404,900
North Palm Beach 4 4 12,581 3.9% $258,900
Naples 5 8 20,980 4.8% $770,000
Gulf Breeze 6 10 6,205 5.3% $387,300
Marco Island 7 6 17,361 4.4% $492,000
Coral Gables 8 9 50,533 3.9% $696,000
Tequesta 9 11 5,873 5.2% $319,900
Parkland 10 7 28,354 5.8% $490,100
Sanibel 11 5 7,044 7.2% $693,000
St. Augustine Beach 12 18 6,710 4.9% $322,400
Longboat Key 13 16 7,158 5.3% $660,300
Satellite Beach 14 13 10,495 5.4% $233,800
Belle Isle 15 21 6,542 3.5% $252,000
Surfside 16 12 5,810 3.7% $561,900
Weston 17 19 68,893 7.3% $414,100
Maitland 18 15 16,911 4.5% $303,900
Neptune Beach 19 14 6,817 5.9% $338,800
Palm Beach Gardens 20 20 51,865 5.0% $318,500
Boca Raton 21 17 91,702 6.6% $381,600
Jupiter 22 22 60,597 4.3% $305,600
Lake Mary 23 37 15,478 5.4% $268,800
Safety Harbor 24 27 17,268 6.7% $216,500
Oviedo 25 23 37,545 5.9% $241,100
Venice 26 29 21,722 5.6% $208,900
Winter Park 27 24 29,543 5.6% $340,400
Miami Lakes 28 35 30,833 3.9% $326,500
St. Pete Beach 29 32 9,528 6.9% $351,800
Bay Harbor Islands 30 39 5,885 7.0% $312,800
Wellington 31 34 61,371 6.6% $327,700
Sunny Isles Beach 32 42 21,937 4.0% $316,100
Atlantic Beach 33 25 13,089 5.2% $330,400
Treasure Island 34 28 6,827 6.8% $347,800
Jacksonville Beach 35 31 22,519 4.1% $287,200
Niceville 36 36 14,325 4.1% $204,600
West Melbourne 37 41 20,207 7.3% $173,900
Palmetto Bay 38 38 24,522 6.8% $467,400
Royal Palm Beach 39 42 36,829 4.5% $210,000
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 40 26 6,375 8.3% $417,300
Lynn Haven 41 44 19,799 6.5% $184,400
Miami Shores 42 56 10,772 5.7% $442,000
Winter Springs 43 40 34,439 7.9% $214,800
Valparaiso 44 30 5,084 8.3% $195,800
Punta Gorda 45 32 17,721 11.4% $299,900
Destin 46 45 13,312 4.5% $279,400
Doral 47 54 53,426 5.5% $328,600
Pembroke Pines 48 52 164,753 7.3% $225,400
Indian Harbour Beach 49 58 8,381 14.7% $221,200
Aventura 50 48 37,515 5.9% $310,300
Fort Myers Beach 51 47 6,801 4.0% $367,800
Coral Springs 52 49 127,673 8.8% $294,300
Seminole 53 66 17,906 5.1% $154,400
Pinecrest 54 62 19,272 4.7% $840,900
Southwest Ranches 55 63 7,745 8.6% $585,900
Key West 56 60 26,039 5.5% $474,100
Coconut Creek 57 55 57,731 8.7% $150,100
Dunedin 58 46 35,882 6.3% $157,200
South Pasadena 59 51 5,040 12.8% $169,900
Port Orange 60 53 58,780 4.8% $145,600
West Miami 61 81 6,652 4.9% $243,700
Rockledge 62 66 26,144 9.7% $150,100
Temple Terrace 63 61 25,654 6.1% $174,900
Minneola 64 50 10,371 5.5% $145,300
Oldsmar 65 71 14,023 7.2% $162,900
Miami Springs 66 76 14,430 5.4% $297,200
Lady Lake 67 72 14,501 7.9% $129,100
Mount Dora 68 74 13,204 5.6% $208,500
Clermont 69 90 31,171 7.3% $186,800
Winter Garden 70 59 39,219 5.8% $236,700
Wilton Manors 71 68 12,270 5.3% $279,900
Davie 72 65 98,717 7.3% $225,500
Fernandina Beach 73 57 12,156 8.8% $275,100
Miramar 74 73 133,741 8.4% $228,400
Orange Park 75 64 8,603 8.5% $157,200
Cocoa Beach 76 69 11,466 6.3% $270,200
Cutler Bay 77 82 44,002 5.7% $216,500
Edgewater 78 92 21,306 5.8% $129,700
Ormond Beach 79 75 40,686 7.4% $169,900
Gulfport 80 83 12,222 6.7% $144,300
New Smyrna Beach 81 78 24,574 6.1% $215,800
Tamarac 82 84 63,747 7.0% $127,700
Fort Walton Beach 83 77 21,238 7.7% $164,100
Alachua 84 70 9,553 4.8% $161,800
Altamonte Springs 85 86 42,557 7.2% $136,300
North Port 86 79 60,871 8.1% $147,100
Cape Coral 87 88 170,063 9.4% $173,400
Marathon 88 105 8,701 4.1% $340,800
Ocoee 89 85 41,393 6.5% $181,800
South Miami 90 89 12,207 12.1% $398,100
Clearwater 91 94 111,747 7.3% $163,500
Sunrise 92 93 91,177 8.2% $150,800
Newberry 93 87 5,410 2.5% $146,100
Macclenny 94 101 6,451 3.8% $115,300
St. Cloud 95 115 44,198 7.7% $132,900
Milton 96 110 9,462 12.7% $107,100
Bonita Springs 97 113 49,807 6.9% $248,200
Tampa 98 99 361,477 9.6% $172,100
High Springs 99 79 5,678 8.6% $144,800
St. Petersburg 100 104 253,585 7.5% $154,800

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9 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Florida For 2018

  1. Where do Sanibel and Captive rank? They sure seem like they would be one of the best only because they are such great vacation destinations.

  2. Hollywood is the worst place next to hallandale,FL.Broward county. Has to be the Pitts.If you don’t have a job or money don’t move here.of course,this is the Rick Scott state ugh!

  3. Where is okeechobee ranked? Its not even on the list… And we live by the giagantic lake in the center of florida so you can’t exactly skim over us. ..

  4. Where is the city of Live Oak ranked? Its not on your list…
    It is located near the I-75 and I-10 intersection in north central Florida and is about half way between Jacksonville and Tallahassee. For a small country town I believe it deserves to be rated. Do you know why it was not?

  5. Where does Williston FL rank it’s quite and in the middle of lots of things to do where you have a short drive to get to many places and you can come home to a quiet small town.

  6. This list is horse. Good luck trying to live any where near Coral Gables or Key Biscayne unless you are a millionaire. The cheapest home will run you $900k and the property taxes are astronomical. Corrupt politicians and sky high crime rates have made South Florida unlivable.

  7. You need to update your firehouse picture. The one you show is not ours. That is one for Martin County. Ours is an ultra modern beautiful structure on Tequesta Drive.

  8. Hi! I am now living in Iran, Shiraz, would like to find one of the best place for living in Florida, near the beach, having 50 years old, PhD in Meteorology with 27 years working period. please guide me anyone who is true.

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