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Best Places To Live In Florida 2017

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score85
  • Culbreath, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,478
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  • Palma Ceia, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 4,165
85
  • Harbor Oaks, Clearwater, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 91
85
  • Parkland Estates, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,608
85
  • Harbour Island, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,821
84
  • Rose Isle, Orlando, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 378
84
  • Sunset Park, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 3,287
84
  • Harbor Woods Village, Clearwater, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 250
84
  • Swann Estates, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,724
84
  • Tierra Verde, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 3,227
84
  • Feather Sound, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 3,235
84
  • Orwin Manor, Orlando, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 617
84
  • Rainbow Farms South, Clearwater, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 73
84
  • Rainbow Farms North, Clearwater, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 165
83
  • Bayshore Beautiful, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 6,117
83
  • Channelside, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,592
83
  • Islands, Miami, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 100
83
  • Key Biscayne, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,774
83
  • Park Lake-Highland, Orlando, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,118
83
  • Belmar Gardens, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,397
83
  • Bon Air, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,279
83
  • Beach Park, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 4,040
83
  • Palma Ceia West, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,562
83
  • Jupiter Inlet Colony, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 411
83
  • Fairfax, Jacksonville, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,825
83
  • Laudergate Isles, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 344
83
  • Bal Harbour, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 535
83
  • Oak Forest Of Countryside, Clearwater, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 239
83
  • Gulf Breeze, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,984
82
  • Highland Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 3,614
82
  • Doctor Phillips, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,028
82
  • Beauclerc, Jacksonville, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,059
82
  • Harbor Bluffs, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 2,821
82
  • Moorings-Coquina Sands, Naples, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 3,535
82
  • Ashland Heights, Clearwater, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 103
82
  • Virginia Park, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 5,234
82
  • Satellite Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,262
82
  • San Marco, Jacksonville, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 2,266
82
  • Delancy Park, Orlando, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,051
82
  • Lake Davis-Greenwood, Orlando, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,271
82
  • Golf View, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 1,374
82
  • Niceville, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,562
82
  • Bay Harbor Islands, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,847
82
  • Coachman Ridge, Clearwater, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 385
82
  • Palm Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,344
82
  • Lake Copeland, Orlando, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 585
82
  • Lake Formosa, Orlando, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 536
82
  • Tequesta, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,756
82
  • Courier City, Tampa, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 3,339
81
  • Northwood Estates, Clearwater, FL
  • (Neighborhood)
  • Population: 595

Florida: Great Weather and so Much More

Florida has over 19 million residents with a large transient population. For many people, the state's attractiveness has to do with its weather; others may be drawn to it by the opportunity to work in Florida's tourism industry or in aviation and aerospace, both of which are highly productive and profitable. Few states offer the consistently warm weather and the variety of lifestyle options that you can find in the sunshine state. If you are considering a move to Florida, one of its top cities may be ideal for you.

Florida is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico; its border with Georgia and Alabama lies to the north. Tallahassee is the state capital with Miami offering the state's most populous metropolitan area in addition to being the most populous metro area in the southeastern US. Miami's metropolitan area is the nation's 8th most populous with the Tampa Bay's being the 18th. Miami-Dade County is Florida's largest county in terms of its population, while Palm Beach County is the largest by area.

Florida's geography consists of four very different regions: the coastal plains of the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean, the hilly areas in northern Florida as well as the Everglades and the Florida Keys. Florida's economy depends on its pleasant climate, which is tropical in the southern part of the state. Outside of South Florida, the climate is subtropical with mild winters that become colder the further north you go; however, summer weather is generally the same across the state. Summers in Florida are long, warm and humid.

Because it is the nation's southernmost state, immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America heavily influence Florida’s culture. Migrants from the northern states and Canada have also made significant impacts. The Latin and Caribbean influence is felt the further south you go. To the north of the state, traditional southern culture becomes more prominent. The coastal regions offer a thriving beach culture with lots of amenities ranging from hotels to theme parks. Floridians are especially fond of sports and the state has many well-known sports teams on the college and professional levels.

Despite its reputation as the quintessential retirement destination, Florida has a variety of excellent communities for people in all age groups. There are so many options that choosing the right one can be daunting. Note that both owning a home and renting are on the expensive side in Florida, with rent being particularly high compared to the rest of the country. To help you make the right decision, we provide our choices for the best places to live in Florida. You can choose from among them using your preferred search radius along with the size of the population. You can narrow your list of best places in Florida further with a variety of factors that includes the size of the local population as well as the rent that you can afford. Other criteria that may be important to you include cost of living, crime and employment.