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Best Places To Live In Florida 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score86
  • Destin, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,312
  • My town of Destin, Florida is an absolutely place to live. The atmosphere of this place is heavenly. With a population of less than 15,000, even when tourist flock here, it still manages to keep a
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  • Doctor Phillips, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,878
  • One of the most modern and captivating cities in Central Florida is Doctor Phillips. I lived in multiple cities in Florida and the grass is definitely greener on this side. Literally. Everywhere I turn
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  • Westchase, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,999
  • When I found my house right on the edge of the Old Tampa Bay, I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life here. While the tourists are packed into Clearwater and the numerous white-sand beaches up
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  • Marco Island, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,361
  • Marco Island, Florida is stunning with beautiful palm trees lined in every neighborhood, sun year round, and gorgeous high-end homes. There is no other place I'd rather live other than Marco Island! In
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  • Palm Valley, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,441
  • Most people have no clue where Palm Valley, Florida is on the map! That is exactly how we like it! My house is on the barrier island south of Jacksonville Beach, and the only way that you would find my
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  • Niceville, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,325
  • We moved to Niceville after 20 years in a far western suburb of Houston. We moved for the location, small panhandle Florida town, close to the beautiful Emerald Coast beach with an upper middle class
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  • Oviedo, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,545
  • I have been living in Oviedo, Florida since I was born and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. The town is only a stone’s throw from so many interesting places. I can visit the Orlando area, the east
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  • Heathrow, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,157
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  • Bay Harbor Islands, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,885
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  • Venice, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,722
  • If you have never seen the sun set on the Gulf of Mexico, it is something to behold. Luckily for me, living in Venice, Florida means I can see the sunset every single night right from my backyard. My
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  • Satellite Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,495
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  • Cooper City, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,364
  • There's a lot to do in Cooper City. The winters hardly exist and the summers are warm, sunny, and beautiful. I've been living in Cooper City a while now and love it so far. I love to play sports on the
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  • Palm Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,501
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  • Viera West, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,680
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  • Key Biscayne, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,935
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  • Fort Myers Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,801
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  • Estero, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,470
  • I moved to Estero, Florida, to get away from the cold winters of Chicago. I had no idea this part of south Florida even existed, tucked below Cape Coral and Fort Myers, paradise in hiding. Living in
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  • Sunny Isles Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,937
  • I am a true Florida girl and have lived in Sunny Isles Beach my entire life. The city is just as beautiful as it sounds and the weather is even better! I have always loved warm weather and since Sunny
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  • Gulf Breeze, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,205
  • We recently moved here in March and love the area alot. All the locals are very informative about where to shop and eat. Which everything is close within 1 mile or a 30 min. Drive. Restaurants are great.
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  • Palm City, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,668
  • One of the friendliest places I've ever lived. Close to the beaches , cute shops and fun restaurants it makes everyday feel like a weekend. If you want to smile everyday, live
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  • Whiskey Creek, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,011
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  • Lady Lake, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,501
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  • St. Augustine Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,710
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  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,721
  • Punta Gorda has the nightlife if that is what you are looking for. If you are looking for peace and quiet you can find that as well. It has amazing shopping, and entertainment your looking for. The
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  • Port Orange, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,780
  • The area of housing has older ans gebeeally quiet homes but the neighbors, in apartment complexes here, are what make it unbearable. Check out your neighbors before moving anywhere
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  • Jupiter, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,597
  • I have lived all around southern Florida for most of my life, including living in Jupiter, Florida for some time. Jupiter is a beautiful city with a very desirable location. Jupiter is on the east coast,
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  • Weston, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 68,893
  • I have had many trips to Weston, FL. Although I am not a resident, a few members of my immediate family are and taking advantage of visiting them in sunny south Florida is a perk for me. The first
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  • Celebration, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,410
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  • Winter Springs, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,439
  • Overall I love living in Winter Springs, it’s far enough aware from the city, but retains a nice country side vibe. Long winding roads are great to drive on just to clear my mind, but during the day,
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  • Fleming Island, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,247
  • I recently moved to Florida so my children can attend college here, and found my own slice of paradise here in the Sunshine State. Living in Fleming Island is amazing, we have everything I could need
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  • Maitland, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,911
  • I work at Disney and desperately wanted to live in a suburb close to Orlando so that I could have an easy commute, I am so glad that I chose to move here to Maitland, Florida. Maitland is a suburb of
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  • University CDP (Orange County), FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,379
  • I really like living in University CDP (Orange County), FL! I've lived in University for 4 years as, it was local to my university, and I absolutely loved it! The weather was great! Most of the year the
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  • Upper Grand Lagoon, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,771
  • I fell in love with Upper Grand Lagoon, Florida and am so glad to call this place my home. Living in Upper Grand Lagoon Florida, gives me closeness to family that live-in Panama City and also provides me
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  • North Palm Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,581
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  • Fish Hawk, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,241
  • Fish Hawk has lots of natural attractions, and there are also activities near by that provide entertainment for every member of your family. Check out Cherry's Fish Hawk Bar and Grill for tasty meals
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  • Miramar Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,389
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  • Wekiwa Springs, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,959
  • Living in Wekiwa Springs, Florida is equivalent to being on vacation every day! Located not too far from Universal Studios and Disney World, it is truly one of the happiest places on Earth. Wekiwa
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  • Fruit Cove, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,419
  • Fruit Cove is a small town in Florida that you would miss if you blinked while driving through. However, I have lived here for about two years and enjoy each minute of being in the small town. There are
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  • Lakeland Highlands, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,426
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  • World Golf Village, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,041
  • I moved to the World Golf Village because there were no houses available in my price range near Jacksonville. This region of Florida has an abundance of golf courses, but none like here in World Golf
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  • Rio Pinar, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,069
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  • Sunset, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,602
  • I can't say enough about what a wonderful experience it is living in Sunset, Florida! Such a beautiful Miami-Dade County neighborhood. One of the best areas in the state! Beautiful, abundant housing and
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  • Dunedin, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,882
  • Florida has no shortage of small islands that dot the coasts, none as stunning as the ones within walking distance of Dunedin. When I relocated to Dunedin, Florida, I wasn't sure what to expect. The Gulf
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  • Valparaiso, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,084
  • A great family community nestled between Niceville and Ft Walton Beach, next to Eglin AFB, with 12 parks, lots of public waterfront along scenic bayous. A great school system with a STEMM magnet school,
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  • Bee Ridge, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,998
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  • Key Largo, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,024
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  • Miami Lakes, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,833
  • Miami Lakes is a popular vacation destination in South Florida because of the beautiful weather and stunning beaches to choose from. There are also lots of family friendly activities that you can take
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  • Lutz, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,143
  • I have lived in Lutz for the past 14 years and must say I have grown to love it! Lutz is a small suburb just north of Tampa and has it's own distinct charm. Living in Lutz, you are never far from Tampa's
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  • Pelican Bay, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,572
  • Created for the ultimate in upscale luxury lifestyles. Bay Colony is just one of the 85 communities in Pelican Bay; located on the northern end of Pelican Bay. Bay Colony with 24 hour manned gated
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  • Parkland, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,354
  • Parkland, FL offers a tropical environment with lots of things to see and do. You'll also learn more about the history of the city and get insight into the wildlife of the area when you take advantage of

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.