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Best Places To Live In Florida 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score93
  • 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…[read more]
90
  • 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…[read more]
90
  • Oldsmar, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,023
  • I recently relocated here to Oldsmar, Florida and so far, I am enjoying myself. I loved here because I needed to be able to easily commute to Tampa for work, but I am glad that I chose here instead some…[read more]
89
  • Lakeland Highlands, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,426
  • Living in Lakeland Highlands, FL is okay. Everything we have to offer sits just above average for the most part besides our cost of living and housing. Cost of living is pretty high considering…[read more]
89
  • Rockledge, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,144
  • You've heard of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral on the east coast of the sunshine state, but chances are you can't find Rockledge, Florida. We are tucked right behind the barrier island, and my…[read more]
89
  • Destin, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,312
  • My town of Destin, Florida is an absolutely incredible place to live. The atmosphere of this place is heavenly. With a population of less than 15,000, even when tourists flock here, it still manages to…[read more]
88
  • Belle Isle, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,542
88
  • St. Cloud, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,198
  • I just recently moved to St. Cloud, FL; and I love it here. Although it gets confused with Kissimmee and Orlando, St. Cloud is more homey and a great suburban area to raise a family. My family and I have…[read more]
88
  • Rio Pinar, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,069
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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…[read more]
88
  • 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,…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • Neptune Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,817
87
  • Conway, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,124
  • It is like an adventure living here; Conway, Florida is favorable for its tourist venues and entertainment centers. If you love, touring this is honestly one of the best places by far to tour. I find the…[read more]
87
  • Temple Terrace, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,654
  • Living in Temple Terrace really is the dream in the Tampa Bay Area. I am right in the middle of everything I could imagine. I am a short distance away from the beaches in Sarasota, and not a far car ride…[read more]
87
  • Timber Pines, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,563
87
  • Coconut Creek, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 57,731
  • I have lived in Coconut Creek, Florida for the past 10 years and have witnessed its transformation from a typical big-city suburb to having its own big-city feel, while still keeping its small-town…[read more]
87
  • 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…[read more]
87
  • Tavares, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,965
  • I have enjoyed living in Tavares, Florida and I know that my job is one of the more steady places I've worked in years. Although I didn't plan on living south years ago, I never intended on actually…[read more]
87
  • Satellite Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,495
  • I enjoy calling Satellite Beach, Florida home. Living in Satellite Beach, Florida not only means that I am literally living the life of a beach bum, but I also get to live in a great community. The…[read more]
87
  • Oviedo, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,545
  • We have lived here over two years. Overall, we like it, very kid friendly. We live in an older development in town (1990's) if you call that old. Nice neighborhood, people in town (both long time…[read more]
87
  • North Palm Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,581
  • Living in North Palm Beach, Florida has been great! This is a suburb of Miami, so there is always something exciting going on around here. I would not choose to live anywhere else except for here. …[read more]
86
  • Valrico, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 36,774
  • When folks think of living in Florida, chances are they aren't thinking about the gulf coast of the state. Valrico, a small city just east of Tampa, is one of those hidden gems that most people don't…[read more]
86
  • 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,…[read more]
86
  • 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…[read more]
86
  • Indian Harbour Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,381
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  • Siesta Key, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,782
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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…[read more]
86
  • Lady Lake, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,501
  • Living in Lady Lake, Florida so far has been a pleasant experience for my family and I. My kids go to the local schools and so far, they have enjoyed their experiences. We have only lived here a year, so…[read more]
86
  • 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…[read more]
86
  • Miramar Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,389
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  • Bay Harbor Islands, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,885
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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…[read more]
86
  • Palm Harbor, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,236
  • Palm Harbor, Florida is the best place in the world to live in. The best attractions here are the beaches. The best beach to go to is Crystal Beach, as this beach is so clean and never too busy. The…[read more]
85
  • 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…[read more]
85
  • 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…[read more]
85
  • 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…[read more]
85
  • Niceville, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,325
  • I see herein negative posts for Niceville...it is clear that hose folks are missing the point. The town does not want to be a "Destin" or tourist trap, our uptown urban anything. If you come from a…[read more]
85
  • Palm Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,501
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  • Whiskey Creek, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,011
85
  • Ojus, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,324
  • I have called Ojus, Florida home for the majority of my life and I truly believe this is the best place on earth to live! Sun, fun, safety, great people, a wonderful community, what more could one ask…[read more]
85
  • Lighthouse Point, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,946
  • I experienced a relaxing lifestyle while living in Lighthouse Point Florida. The city is inside of Broward County. Lighthouse Point is close to Hillsboro Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton. The town…[read more]
85
  • St. Augustine Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,710
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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.…[read more]
85
  • 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,…[read more]
85
  • Lynn Haven, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,799
  • Living in Lynn Haven, Florida which is a suburb of Panama City has been a great experience. This area is beautiful. The surrounding community is so nice. The neighbors are wonderful and everyone is…[read more]
85
  • Land O' Lakes, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,122
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  • Forest City, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,123
  • I have lived in Forest City for the vast majority of my life and I can't picture calling any where else home. The weather here is wonderful 95% of the time, people in this community are awesome, and…[read more]
84
  • Safety Harbor, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,268
  • Safety Harbor is a wonderful place to live. It's very family-oriented. The downtown area is absolutely charming, and there is a real sense of community pride here. Safety Harbor is loaded with great…[read more]

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.