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Best Places to live in Florida

by Vishul Malik

Best cities in Florida to live Recent years have witnessed a hike in the number of families moving to Florida. Whether it’s a lucrative job offer, climate or lifestyle, the…

Best cities in Florida to live

Recent years have witnessed a hike in the number of families moving to Florida. Whether it’s a lucrative job offer, climate or lifestyle, the Sunshine State has garnered a reputation of being one of the most family-friendly places to live in. If you, too, are the one looking for the best places to live in Florida, below is a list which will assist you in shortlisting the best one. Have a look at these best places to live in Florida for family:

Panama City Beach

As a city in Bay County, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico coast, Panama City Beach is in proximity to most of the Southern United States. Talking about transportation facilities, it has the popular trolley system which runs on an hourly basis. The huge Shipwreck Island water park is the most stunning, must-visit place for all residents of Panama City Beach.


Located in Pinellas County, Clearwater is home to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and also the “worldwide spiritual headquarters” for the Church of Scientology. Originally, a home to the Tocobaga people, Clearwater had its early settlers including the Stevens, Stevenson, Sever and McMullen families. Clearwater’s downtown was developed accompanied by introduction of new bars, restaurants and a range of other amenities.

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island has a plethora of amenities including accommodations, restaurants, tennis courts, golf course, boating, fishing, bike paths, theatrical productions, shopping stores etc. Globally known for its shelling beaches and the “Sanibel Stoop”, Sanibel Island is just a short ride from Fort Myers International Airport in Florida.

Jacksonville Beach

Situated on the Atlantic coast of Duval County, Jacksonville Beach is the largest town in the Jacksonville Beaches community. The City of Jacksonville Beach has a per capita income of $ 27.467, with just 7.2% of the population below the poverty line. Professional golfers like David Lingmerth and Billy Horschel hail from this Florida-based city.

Boca Raton

Home to the main campus of Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton follows a strict development code for the type and size of commercial buildings, advertisements and building signs that are being erected within the city boundaries. Originally occupied by the Tequesta tribe, Boca Raton has the Pearl City as its neighborhood.

Vero Beach

As a city and seat of Indian River County, Vero Beach is a political subdivision of the State of Florida, Originally incorporated as the City of Vero in 1919; Vero Beach was transferred from St. Lucie County to Indian River County. The city is home to Piper Aircraft, which is the largest private employer in Indian River County.

Scenic 30A

As a small stretch nestled in the Panhandle of Northwest Florida, Scenic 30A comprises unique beach communities that offer a local vibe and laidback lifestyle. Scenic 30A has the beautiful and upbeat beach neighborhood, WaterColor, which augments the natural setting of the Gulf of Mexico and stunning Florida State Parks.


Popular for its beaches, resorts, connections to the Ringling family and the Sarasota School of Architecture, Sarasota is the principal city of the Sarasota metropolitan area and the seat of Sarasota County. A railroad bridge built by the West Indies Railroad has helped Sarasota gained prominence among other Florida cities.

West Palm Beach

As one of the three main cities in Florida, West Palm Beach is located approximately 68 miles north of Downtown Miami. The city is home to major employers, including Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Sikorsky Aircraft, General Dynamics, CSC and Cemex. Norton Museum of Art, the largest art museum in Florida, is also located in West Palm Beach.


As a city in the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the United State. It has the sixth highest per capita income in America and the second highest proportion of millionaires per capita in the US. The city’s real estate is expensive with houses being sold in excess of $40 million.

Delray Beach

It is a coastal city in Palm Beach County, Florida. As a part of Miami metropolitan area, Delray Beach has a diverse citizenry. Moreover, the Delray Beach Tennis Center has brought a lot of business to the entire area. Delray has an array of retail shops, restaurants, art galleries, and night clubs.

Fort Lauderdale

Situated on the Atlantic coast, Fort Lauderdale has emerged as a popular tourist destination in the world. Apart from renowned restaurants and nightclubs, Great Fort Lauderdale has over 63 golf courses, 16 museums, 12 shopping malls, 278 parkland campsites, and about 100 marinas which serve as accommodation for 45,000 yachts. The city of Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War.

Coral Gables

As a city in Miami-Dade County, Coral Gables is home to the University of Miami. Developed by George Merrick, Coral Gables is also known as a pedestrian-friendly destination. This US city houses brilliant gourmet shops and a number of international retailers. Excellent transportation makes Coral Gables one of the most preferred cities for people looking forward to settle in Florida.


Located in the central part of Florida, Tavares was founded by newspaper and railroad man Alexander St. Clair-Abrams in 1880. Also known as ‘America’s Seaplane City’, Tavares has a city-owned Seaplane Base which is used by the public for transportation purpose. The popular NBA player Jermaine Taylor hails from Tavares.

South Beach

Also nicknamed SoBe, South Beach is a neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach. Factors like the flourishing regional economy and increased tourism have helped the city in creating a niche among other US cities. Having started as a farmland, South Beach has evolved into a popular living destination for the wealthy.


As the largest city in Alachua County, Gainesville is the largest city in the region of North Central Florida. Home to the University of Florida, Gainesville was ranked as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” in the United States by National Geographic Adventure in 2007. The city had also participated in national economic boom that occurred after the World War I.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is a city in Volusia County and also a principal city of the Fun Coast region of Florida. Known for its beaches with hard-packed sand, Daytona Beach plays host to a large number of out-of-towners who’re interested in attending events. Also the headquarters for NASCAR, Daytona Beach is part of Florida’s 6th congressional district.

Best Places to Live in Florida

Panama City Beach Clearwater
Sanibel Island Jacksonville Beach
Boca Raton Vero Beach
Scenic 30A Sarasota
West Palm Beach Naples
Delray Beach Fort Lauderdale
Coral Gables Tavares
South Beach Gainesville
Daytona Beach


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