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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Florida for 2019:
- Key Biscayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Palm Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lighthouse Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Palm Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Naples (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gulf Breeze (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Marco Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Coral Gables (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Tequesta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Parkland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
For more Florida reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Florida
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Florida
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Florida
The 10 Best Places To Live In Florida For 2019
We think the motto in Key Biscayne should be “Everything is greater in Key Biscayne,” and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Key Biscayne has some of the highest home values in Florida, and they’re going up fast. Additionally, Key Biscayne only has 700.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Key Biscayne a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
Palm Beach is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 2nd best place in Florida?
Homes are priced around $955,600 and residents have the 25th shortest commute in Florida.
In Lighthouse Point, everyone loves to call Lighthouse Point home! The median home value is the 17th highest in Florida.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 48th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Sunshine State.
Lighthouse Point should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
You might be surprised to see the Town of North Palm Beach so high on the list. Unless you live in North Palm Beach.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 3.9%, North Palm Beach residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Florida. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, North Palm Beach is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — North Palm Beach is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
Naples is by far one of the best places to live in Florida: the math proves it! This city has the 24th lowest unemployment rate and the 14th highest median income in all of Florida.
Plus, the median home values are the 4th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 39th lowest in the state, making Naples a safe and great place to live.
If you want to live in Florida, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Gulf Breeze 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 $98,308 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Gulf Breeze as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Gulf Breeze.
It’s obvious why Marco Island ranks 7th in the state for best places to live: they have the 17th lowest unemployment rate and the 10th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Marco Island a great place to live.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Florida, Coral Gables came in 8th. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Coral Gables has an impressive history for a place of just over 50,533 people. The median home costs a cool $696,000 and households make $91,452 which is good for 10th in Florida.
The Town of Tequesta consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren’t any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let’s see why Tequesta ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Tequesta are the 33rd most expensive in the state of Florida, with the average home worth a whopping $319,900. We’re not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Tequesta if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Tequesta residents have the 67th highest income in the state, and the 8th lowest crime numbers in Florida.
Parkland has been called one of the best small 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 Parkland has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 5.8% and lowering. And the Parkland police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 3rd lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
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’.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
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
- Highland Beach (Pop. 3,689)
- Hillsboro Beach (Pop. 1,467)
- Indian River Shores (Pop. 4,082)
- Pine Ridge CDP (Collier (Pop. 1,833)
- Vineyards (Pop. 3,925)
- Lake Clarke Shores (Pop. 3,517)
- South Beach (Pop. 3,325)
- Harbor Bluffs (Pop. 2,931)
- Melbourne Beach (Pop. 3,189)
- Windermere (Pop. 3,175)
Best Small Towns To Live In Florida
- Jupiter Inlet Colony (Pop. 508)
- Hillsboro Pines (Pop. 510)
- Lazy Lake (Pop. 34)
- Gulf Stream (Pop. 660)
- Sea Ranch Lakes (Pop. 663)
- Golf (Pop. 213)
- Manalapan (Pop. 270)
- Shalimar (Pop. 792)
- Belleair Shore (Pop. 81)
- St. George Island (Pop. 641)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Florida according to the data:
- South Bay (Pop. 5,026)
- Belle Glade (Pop. 18,855)
- Pahokee (Pop. 6,022)
For more Florida reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Florida
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Florida
- 10 Safest Places In Florida
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Florida