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Best Places To Live In Florida 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score90
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • Whiskey Creek, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,011
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • North Port, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 60,871
  • There are not many places in this country where you can buy a 4 bedroom home (fairly new) on .25 acres for under $200K, AND still get quality. You would think it's because it's a lower-income area, but
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  • Bay Harbor Islands, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,885
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  • 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
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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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  • 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
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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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  • Cape Coral, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 170,063
  • Where do I begin? I have been a 25 year resident of Cape Coral {why?} and I am also an established business owner in the hospitality and entertainment industry for 7 years here. I would like to give
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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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  • 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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  • Timber Pines, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,563
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  • 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
84
  • St. Augustine Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,710
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  • Clermont, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,171
  • Moved down from New Haven Ct, after 2 years here I'm leaving! I live near New haven til I was 57 never heard even a single gun shot..they say it sounds like fireworks..Well I can tell you from
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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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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • Edgewater, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,306
  • Edgewater is one of the best places to have a great spring or summer vacation. However, the weather is nice throughout the year, so there are also locations you can invite your friends and family to that
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Bloomingdale, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,638
  • Bloomingdale has great weather and a variety of attractions that you and your loved ones will enjoy. There are lots of parks in the area, include outdoor spaces that are designed for you to walk your
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  • Rio Pinar, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,069
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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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  • Belle Isle, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,542
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  • 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
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  • Citrus Park, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,779
  • You'll never run out of things to do in Citrus Park, whether you've just moved to the city or you're visiting family and friends. These activities are entertaining for every member of your family and
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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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  • West Melbourne, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,207
  • As a former resident of West Melbourne, Florida I can vouch that it is a nice little town with a great family vibe. Even though the town was expanding while I was there, it never seemed to lose its small
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  • Indian Harbour Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,381
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  • Wesley Chapel, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,229
  • I lived in Wesley Chapel, FL for about ten years. The town is a suburb of the expanding North (or New) Tampa area and straddles the county lines of Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Wesley Chapel is a
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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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  • Fort Myers Beach, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,801
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  • Seminole, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,906
  • I've live in Seminole a little over 5 years. Yes, the Tampa/St. Pete area is beautiful. But the weather, OMG! You had better like hot and humid. Summer can start in May and end as late as November.
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  • Carrollwood, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,531
  • I've been living in Carrollwood for a while now after moving here from Tampa. So far, I'm happy with the choice I made. Carrollwood is a very friendly little city with a surprising number of things to
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  • Lake Mary, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,478
  • Lake Mary, Florida is the community that I currently call home. It is a suburb of Orlando, Florida. I will have to say that I love living in Lake Mary, Florida. This area is the best of both worlds.
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  • Cypress Lake, FL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,656
  • Cypress Lake, Florida is a great little area for my husband and I to call home. We moved here four years ago when we retired because we wanted to live in the "Sunshine State". The weather of course here

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.