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

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Florida.

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With its perfect weather and beautiful beaches, many could argue that Florida is one of the best states in the U.S.

It may be known as the retirement state, but let the name fool you into thinking that Florida is just one massive golf course.

From manatees in Crystal River to large alligators in the Everglades, Florida is teeming with life for any adventure. The Florida Keys are for the tropical type and Miami for the city-dwellers. And, Florida is also home to it’s most famous attraction: Disney. Perhaps that’s why Florida is a top retirement location: it is perfect for anyone who wants to have a moment (or two) of childhood nostalgia and Peter Pan syndrome.

The only real negative of Florida is that the state is like a hurricane bullseye, but hey, you gotta spice up life a bit sometimes.

Florida is cheap, close to other amazing destinations (yeah, we’re talking about you, Bahamas), and is incredibly diverse. You probably won’t get tired of eating the same type of food every night for dinner if you lived here.

So we’ve convinced you that Florida is pretty epic, but the truth is, the state is pretty large. Where are the best places to live in this Sunshine State?

Lucky for you, HomeSnacks is at it again, creating the best ranking of Florida cities yet.

After analyzing 205 places in Florida, Key Biscayne came out as #1 on our list.

Surprised? We’re not.

Who wouldn’t want to live on a beautiful mini-island surrounded by the ocean? And, it’s close to Miami.

Read on to learn more about who made our top 10 list, see how we crunched the numbers, or really just learn more about how epic Key Biscayne is.

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

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Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Florida

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, 279 towns, and 126 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.

How We Calculated The Best Cities 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.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Florida? That would be Key Biscayne.

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.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Florida For 2019

Key Biscayne, FL

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Population: 12,935
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,034,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (22nd best)
More on Key Biscayne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let’s just put this to rest right now. No matter how passionate you are about where you live in Florida, Key Biscayne is by far the best place to live. At least according to science.

The residents of Key Biscayne are some of the wealthiest, most employed, and just about safest of anyone in the state. Plus, their kids go to some of the best-funded schools.

You know what they say: Money doesn’t buy happiness. But, in this case, it buys safety and peace of mind.

If you live here, you probably won’t brag about this ranking because you want to keep Key Biscayne a secret.

Palm Beach, FL

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Population: 8,501
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $955,600 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (1st best)
More on Palm Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palm Beach is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in Florida.

Review Of Palm Beach by Aeron Xclyde

I live in palm beach it’s fun u know nothing they’re actually a lot more things than you search get out of Wikipedia. Oh and you should’ve put winter haven and st Augustine

Lighthouse Point, FL

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

Lighthouse Point broke into the top ten best places to live in Florida on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 48th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 18th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 107th shortest average commute time of any place in Florida.

North Palm Beach, FL

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Population: 12,581
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $258,900 (50th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (8th best)
More on North Palm Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Palm Beach makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Florida mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.

And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 3.9% of folks are jobless, you can bet North Palm Beach residents are glad to live where they do.

Naples, FL

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Population: 20,980
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $770,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (24th best)
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Say what you want about expensive houses. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Naples.

The median home costs a cool $770,000 and households make $84,830 which is good for 14th in Florida.

Add that all up and Naples places 5th in our ranking of the best places to live in Florida for 2019.

Review Of Naples by HomeSnacks User

I have lived in Naples FL for a long time and have seen our community grow from a fishing village to the wonderful city it now is. I have enjoyed the diversity that has become part of our every day life. As a teacher of religion I have come to respect the diversity of beliefs that have come to Naples. Most encouraging has been the acceptance non-Judeo-Christian belief systems.

I have lived in Naples FL for a long time and have seen our community grow from a fishing village to the wonderful city it now is. I have enjoyed the diversity that has become part of our every day life. As a teacher of religion I have come to respect the diversity of beliefs that have come to Naples. Most encouraging has been the acceptance non-Judeo-Christian belief systems.

Gulf Breeze, FL

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Population: 6,205
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $387,300 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (34th best)
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Taking its place as the 6th best place in Florida is Gulf Breeze. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Florida.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 5.3% helps thing too.

Marco Island, FL

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

Well, I guess technically 4.4% of Marco Island residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 17th closest of any city in Florida.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Marco Island also ranked well for crime (2nd) and median income ($73,559).

Coral Gables, FL

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Population: 50,533
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $696,000 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (8th best)
More on Coral Gables: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 8th lowest in Florida and the median income comes in at $91,452.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Review Of Coral Gables by HomeSnacks User

Coral Gables is a world-class neighborhood. The school system is one of the best in the nation and crime is almost non-existent. Aside from high real estate prices, definitely the place to be.

Miracle mile is definitely the highlight of Coral Gables. A fun place to walk around, shop and dine to your heart’s content.

Tequesta, FL

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Population: 5,873
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $319,900 (33rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (32nd best)
More on Tequesta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tequesta has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Florida. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Tequesta is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Tequesta residents to work is significantly higher than average.

Parkland, FL

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Population: 28,354
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $490,100 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (52nd best)
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In Parkland, everyone loves to call Parkland home! The median home value is the 11th highest in Florida.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 52nd lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Sunshine State.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living 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 the best place to live in Florida for 2019.

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. Lazy Lake (Pop. 34)
  4. Gulf Stream (Pop. 660)
  5. Sea Ranch Lakes (Pop. 663)
  6. Golf (Pop. 213)
  7. Manalapan (Pop. 270)
  8. Shalimar (Pop. 792)
  9. Belleair Shore (Pop. 81)
  10. St. George Island (Pop. 641)

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

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

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Florida

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

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11 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Florida For 2019

  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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