These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Florida


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

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Where are the best places in the state of Florida? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most. As you’ll see, some of these cities are places you might not have even heard of. They’re not the ‘big’ Florida cities people necessarily flock to for vacations.

And certainly, since crime is really low, everyone wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 301 most populated cities in the Sunshine State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Florida:

  1. Cooper City (Photos)
  2. Conway
  3. Fruitville
  4. Lakeland Highlands
  5. Coral Springs
  6. Sarasota Springs
  7. Coral Gables (Photos)
  8. Weston (Photos)
  9. Coconut Creek (Photos)
  10. Richmond West

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Florida for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Florida? Fort Pierce. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Florida’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for 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 government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Florida, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased.

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1. Cooper City

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,580
Crime Index: 79
Cost Of Living Index: 128

Cooper City is in Broward County, inland from Hollwood, in the general Miami metro area.

2. Conway

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,480
Crime Index: 57
Cost Of Living Index: 103

Conway is an Orlando suburb, and is the best place you can live in Florida if you don’t want to live on the coast.

3. Fruitville

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,452
Crime Index: 85
Cost Of Living Index: 102

Fruitville is a Sarasota suburb on the west coast of Florida. The cost of living, combined with other factors makes it a steal.

4. Lakeland Highlands

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,089
Crime Index: 41
Cost Of Living Index: 103

This neighborhood is inland from Daytona Beach, near the the Tiger Bay State Forest. It’s actually part of Deland, Florida.

5. Coral Springs

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 122,219
Crime Index: 84
Cost Of Living Index: 122

There’s a lot to do in Coral Springs, which is inland from major beaches such as Fort Lauderdale, along the Atlantic Ocean.

6. Sarasota Springs

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,496
Crime Index: 77
Cost Of Living Index: 93

The low cost of living, among other desirable factors, makes Sarasota Springs a great place to live. It’s near Sarasota, on the GUlf side of the state.

7. Coral Gables

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,285
Crime Index: 103
Cost Of Living Index: 191

Coral Gables in in Miami-Dade County, and is the best place you can live if you want to be right next door to Miami.

8. Weston

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,233
Crime Index: 47
Cost Of Living Index: 140

Weston is also very close to Fort Lauderdale, where there’s lots to do for entertainment, and really low crime.

9. Coconut Creek

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,104
Crime Index: 87
Cost Of Living Index: 94

This medium-sized city used to be part of Pompano Beach until the 1960s.

10. Richmond West

Best Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,990
Crime Index: 57
Cost Of Living Index: 110

Richmond West is on the southern side of Miami. It’s a quiet, safe, and affordable place to live.

There You Have It

If you’re looking at the best places in The Sunshine State where crime is low, the local economies are stellar, and where it’s not overly expensive, this is an accurate list. We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in Florida as well if you wanted to read that story.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Four Corners
2nd Worst: Palatka
Worst: Fort Pierce

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Florida

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Cooper City 1 29,580 79 128
Conway 2 15,480 57 103
Fruitville 3 13,452 85 102
Lakeland Highlands 4 11,089 41 103
Coral Springs 5 122,219 84 122
Sarasota Springs 6 14,496 77 93
Coral Gables 7 47,285 103 191
Weston 8 65,233 47 140
Coconut Creek 9 53,104 87 94
Richmond West 10 32,990 57 110
Coral Terrace 11 25,359 79 119
Marco Island 12 16,570 54 148
Boca Raton 13 85,738 91 118
The Crossings 14 23,945 69 108
Parkland 15 24,050 47 172
Winter Park 16 28,283 96 125
Palmetto Estates 17 14,852 66 105
Country Walk 18 16,573 48 117
Sunset 19 16,862 54 128
Pembroke Pines 20 155,578 94 110
Kendale Lakes 21 57,256 71 100
Jupiter 22 55,133 84 121
Royal Palm Beach 23 33,876 104 105
Maitland 24 15,913 93 121
Viera East 25 11,230 60 106
Miami Lakes 26 29,329 95 125
Tamiami 27 55,836 59 117
Lakeside 28 32,701 83 98
Wekiwa Springs 29 22,784 69 111
Fleming Island 30 28,493 67 108
Doctor Phillips 31 11,263 84 117
Naples 32 19,933 79 181
Oviedo 33 33,726 78 113
Three Lakes 34 16,340 95 112
Winter Springs 35 33,331 65 104
Key Biscayne 36 12,385 51 244
Ocoee 37 36,072 113 98
Fruit Cove 38 29,161 49 117
Olympia Heights 39 12,514 42 122
Lighthouse Point 40 10,471 83 150
Lockhart 41 13,736 107 87
Safety Harbor 42 16,903 83 104
Davie 43 92,587 111 116
Niceville 44 12,977 73 112
Westwood Lakes 45 12,060 54 113
Lynn Haven 46 18,393 108 99
Carrollwood 47 34,891 89 100
Oakland Park 48 41,841 130 98
Pinellas Park 49 49,136 132 85
Golden Gate 50 26,327 146 93
North Lauderdale 51 41,352 102 92
Port St. John 52 12,286 69 93
Palm Beach Gardens 53 48,338 86 122
Lake Mary 54 13,917 77 114
Hialeah Gardens 55 21,841 109 100
North Palm Beach 56 12,114 85 110
West Park 57 14,306 120 93
Ojus 58 17,901 74 105
Wilton Manors 59 11,787 121 127
Gonzalez 60 13,135 62 98
Winter Garden 61 34,508 112 104
The Hammocks 62 53,097 97 110
University Park 63 24,900 76 116
Palmetto Bay 64 23,650 105 132
Bloomingdale 65 21,676 58 105
Key West 66 24,657 156 151
Kendall 67 77,462 90 114
Margate 68 53,821 87 94
Pace 69 20,476 64 100
Greenacres 70 37,447 112 88
Miami Shores 71 10,482 130 151
Country Club 72 45,202 138 96
Midway (Santa Rosa County) 73 17,198 87 102
Westchester 74 30,417 74 118
The Villages 75 50,313 19.0 104
Palm Harbor 76 60,041 78 98
Miramar 77 121,447 109 108
Valrico 78 35,765 55 102
Ives Estates 79 17,904 109 91
Northdale 80 21,828 88 100
Southchase 81 15,469 98 103
Wright 82 25,242 135 96
Jupiter Farms 83 11,241 30 123
Palm City 84 23,341 58 118
Sunrise 85 85,745 113 98
The Acreage 86 38,683 42 114
Sweetwater 87 17,600 84 100
Kendall West 88 35,895 103 96
Hialeah 89 226,837 110 99
Miami Springs 90 13,909 108 128
Palm Valley 91 20,333 75 136
Satellite Beach 92 10,297 81 113
South Venice 93 13,976 71 93
Trinity 94 10,946 32 98
Punta Gorda 95 16,685 78 102
Longwood 96 13,796 119 109
Citrus Park 97 24,480 96 96
Port Charlotte 98 55,942 76 92
Fort Walton Beach 99 19,814 125 94
Yulee 100 11,990 76 97
Middleburg 101 12,617 55 94
Pinecrest 102 18,464 81 223
Port Orange 103 56,242 85 97
Aventura 104 35,613 119 130
Gulf Gate Estates 105 11,021 111 95
Navarre 106 31,627 76 106
Apopka 107 41,908 116 96
Rockledge 108 25,000 97 100
Tamarac 109 60,849 89 93
Alafaya 110 82,196 109 100
Fountainebleau 111 52,698 111 96
Lutz 112 19,158 51 105
Bellview 113 22,807 98 88
West Melbourne 114 18,259 106 99
Bayshore Gardens 115 16,824 111 84
Pensacola 116 52,246 132 88
Largo 117 77,502 127 87
Deerfield Beach 118 75,724 114 94
World Golf Village 119 13,288 62 114
San Carlos Park 120 18,828 101 93
Union Park 121 10,452 110 94
Altamonte Springs 122 41,761 108 90
Brandon 123 102,555 121 93
Keystone 124 21,973 42 119
Oldsmar 125 13,565 100 98
Merritt Island 126 34,752 88 104
Forest City 127 14,892 106 107
Temple Terrace 128 24,705 114 92
Cutler Bay 129 40,390 138 106
Wellington 130 56,391 91 122
Westchase 131 22,208 108 119
Estero 132 23,124 74 112
Lake Magdalene 133 29,081 90 97
Iona 134 14,425 85 100
Sarasota 135 52,501 150 96
West Little River 136 31,792 110 90
Oakleaf Plantation 137 20,966 90 104
Land O’ Lakes 138 32,589 63 98
Venice 139 20,803 86 100
Lealman 140 20,277 121 79
East Lake 141 31,987 67 111
Town ‘N’ Country 142 79,785 114 90
Seminole 143 17,246 103 96
Cypress Lake 144 11,276 90 92
Fort Lauderdale 145 167,370 133 118
Bradenton 146 50,141 121 96
Boynton Beach 147 68,467 133 103
Jensen Beach 148 12,039 79 95
South Miami Heights 149 36,759 110 97
Egypt Lake-Leto 150 37,237 152 86
Upper Grand Lagoon 151 13,977 113 105
Clearwater 152 108,138 125 93
Glenvar Heights 153 16,647 114 120
Hunters Creek 154 22,384 151 113
Lantana 155 10,445 128 95
South Miami 156 11,717 150 144
St. Petersburg 157 245,363 152 89
Palm Springs 158 19,551 131 87
Lauderhill 159 67,553 126 86
Azalea Park 160 13,036 147 86
Fish Hawk 161 14,485 68 115
Englewood 162 14,929 61 96
St. Cloud 163 36,371 107 98
Horizon West 164 12,111 99 119
Dunedin 165 35,339 101 96
Riverview 166 70,052 83 95
Miami Beach 167 88,628 171 134
Miami Gardens 168 107,884 141 96
Atlantic Beach 169 12,799 112 121
Doral 170 45,233 135 125
South Bradenton 171 20,273 135 80
Hollywood 172 142,060 120 106
Callaway 173 14,409 113 90
Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace 174 13,313 158 92
Dania Beach 175 29,815 136 100
Gulfport 176 12,063 107 89
West Palm Beach 177 99,803 133 99
Bonita Springs 178 44,517 83 117
Myrtle Grove 179 16,917 122 91
Villas 180 10,341 113 91
Buenaventura Lakes 181 27,803 105 89
West Lealman 182 14,299 91 84
Delray Beach 183 61,231 141 101
Sebastian 184 21,881 91 95
Princeton 185 23,725 121 96
Palm River-Clair Mel 186 21,279 123 80
Casselberry 187 26,292 127 96
Ferry Pass 188 28,865 139 96
Melbourne 189 76,609 136 89
Tampa 190 339,391 115 90
Vero Beach South 191 22,356 90 102
Key Largo 192 11,409 108 146
Hobe Sound 193 12,901 67 103
Tallahassee 194 181,821 144 96
Stuart 195 15,653 110 87
Cape Coral 196 155,405 83 96
Spring Hill 197 99,513 76 85
Debary 198 19,246 46 98
Ormond Beach 199 38,372 119 100
Lakeland 200 98,317 126 88
Meadow Woods 201 24,707 121 95
North Port 202 56,148 94 92
Leisure City 203 22,630 127 89
Deltona 204 84,973 72 85
Oak Ridge 205 20,044 182 86
Belle Glade 206 17,597 173 90
Gainesville 207 124,981 131 90
Wesley Chapel 208 43,559 79 96
Pompano Beach 209 100,819 140 99
Pine Hills 210 64,841 142 83
Lake Worth 211 35,246 148 89
West Perrine 212 10,439 137 98
Sun City Center 213 20,369 29 88
Jacksonville Beach 214 21,470 140 118
Orlando 215 240,185 156 92
Golden Glades 216 32,982 133 99
Pinewood 217 17,371 159 99
Ensley 218 19,947 114 91
Plant City 219 34,961 124 91
Apollo Beach 220 14,759 61 105
Sunny Isles Beach 221 20,739 88 134
Crestview 222 21,104 106 93
Tavares 223 14,011 75 93
Lady Lake 224 14,043 91 103
East Lake-Orient Park 225 24,177 157 79
Goldenrod 226 12,000 131 99
University (Orange County) 227 25,925 145 94
Homestead 228 59,866 151 91
Palm Bay 229 102,814 103 87
Hallandale Beach 230 37,343 135 101
Cheval 231 10,448 125 113
Lauderdale Lakes 232 32,912 144 83
Clermont 233 28,302 141 102
Titusville 234 43,855 122 85
Destin 235 12,425 127 121
North Fort Myers 236 39,453 59 92
Eustis 237 18,727 95 94
Edgewater 238 20,796 94 90
Bartow 239 17,422 137 83
Palmetto 240 12,761 150 93
Jacksonville 241 823,652 126 91
Miami 242 401,927 145 119
Florida Ridge 243 17,486 96 93
Bayonet Point 244 23,932 93 80
North Miami Beach 245 41,938 137 98
Brent 246 22,862 143 85
St. Augustine 247 13,113 137 103
Opa-Locka 248 15,329 171 95
South Daytona 249 12,388 125 87
Tarpon Springs 250 23,382 111 98
Panama City 251 36,153 144 86
Fernandina Beach 252 11,573 102 119
Brownsville 253 13,795 174 94
Jasmine Estates 254 18,744 114 84
North Miami 255 59,362 151 97
Port St. Lucie 256 163,748 83 93
University (Hillsborough County) 257 40,294 199 83
Gibsonton 258 15,989 119 90
Sebring 259 10,462 121 84
Elfers 260 13,612 94 82
Lake Wales 261 14,268 123 86
Cocoa Beach 262 11,368 153 110
West Pensacola 263 19,793 163 84
Auburndale 264 13,623 125 87
Holiday 265 21,175 104 77
Leesburg 266 20,463 136 84
Riviera Beach 267 32,640 155 94
Orange City 268 10,653 120 83
Lake City 269 12,133 162 87
Vero Beach 270 15,505 109 94
Thonotosassa 271 12,729 93 97
Mango 272 11,273 147 89
Ocala 273 56,598 140 86
Homosassa Springs 274 14,034 72 85
Deland 275 27,013 124 89
Lakewood Park 276 11,625 70 86
Holly Hill 277 11,730 141 83
Mount Dora 278 12,445 114 97
Immokalee 279 21,682 158 84
Gladeview 280 10,636 172 94
Cocoa 281 17,254 186 87
Fort Myers 282 63,427 138 95
Lehigh Acres 283 95,767 127 83
Hudson 284 11,939 76 87
Winter Haven 285 34,118 135 85
Zephyrhills 286 13,515 137 81
Sanford 287 53,299 139 91
Ruskin 288 16,130 103 91
Kissimmee 289 60,830 140 92
Palm Coast 290 75,143 91 96
Shady Hills 291 10,551 55 89
Warrington 292 13,159 144 99
New Port Richey 293 15,113 141 85
New Smyrna Beach 294 22,658 122 106
Poinciana 295 54,442 98 90
Florida City 296 11,313 199 103
Daytona Beach 297 61,779 167 85
Haines City 298 20,531 123 88
Four Corners 299 27,164 151 96
Palatka 300 10,572 174 88
Fort Pierce 301 42,350 152 81

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3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Florida

  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!

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