Year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, sailing, fishing, diving, golf… if you can think of a feature, attraction, or quality that makes a state great, Florida probably has it. If you’re tempted to make your next trip to the Sunshine State a permanent one, read on for our top 10 best places to live in Florida 2020.
- St. Augustine
If old-world charm’s your thing, you’ll not be disappointed with the historic town of St Augustine. As Visit Florida notes, the town, which dates back to 1565, has the distinction of being the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the United States- something that no doubt explains its nickname of the “Nation’s Oldest City.” Even if we leave the history to one side for a moment, there’s still a lot to love about the town, from its rich cultural venues to its surfeit of local businesses, unique little boutiques and cafes, and gorgeous beaches. Best of all, it manages to combine the essence of small-town charm with easy access to the big city thrills of nearby Jacksonville.
Melbourne makes a great destination for first-time buyers looking to get their foot on the property ladder. While the crime rate may be the stopper in the works to a higher ranking, there’s enough going on to compensate, including a great selection of top-ranking schools, an abundant supply of restaurants, shops, and bars, more wildlife than you count, and some lovely parks and green spaces.
Jupiter is a town in Florida with a population of 63,617. Jupiter is in Palm Beach County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Jupiter offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Jupiter there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Jupiter and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Jupiter are highly rated.
With a population of 269,414, Orlando is a vast, diverse city. Neighborhoods vary widely, ranging from exclusive to the low key and hipsterish. House prices fluctuate depending on the neighborhood, but a few things apply regardless: great schools, a stunning location with just as much in the way of outdoor leisure opportunities as indoor ones, and an above-average median income and quality of life.
US News ranks the town of Sarasota as the best in Florida. While we don’t necessarily agree with the ranking, it’s hard to dispute this is one seriously attractive town. With its gorgeous beaches and stunning natural scenery, few could fault the idyllic setting. Neither could many complain about its excellent restaurants, flourishing arts and cultural scene, excellent schools, and relaxed, easy-going vibe.
- Tampa, Hillsborough County
Tampa is a captivating melting pot of a city, with a vibrant urban heart and some of the best natural beauty in Florida. With museums, art galleries, performance centers, beaches, and every type of shop, restaurant, nightspot, and bar you can think of, it offers something for everyone. Giving its size, you’ll encounter a very different lifestyle with every different neighborhood, but there are a few things you can rely on regardless of where you land up; the clemency of the weather, the warmth of the people, and the vibrant, lively spirit that’s as much a feature of the city as the stunning beaches.
- Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie has a more relaxed atmosphere than its larger neighbors. Its clean streets and quiet neighborhoods are woven around scenic waterways and lush green golf courses. Homes in the area are affordable to buy or rent, especially compared with other South Florida housing markets. However, this may quickly change as Port St. Lucie’s popularity rises and it readies for a major building boom over the next several years. Its natural side is strengthened by world-class amenities. Attractive to sports enthusiasts, it is home to the The New York Mets spring training games at Tradition Field, and home to the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance.
- Coral Gables
If you want green, if you want serene, and if you want the kind of community where you can raise your family in peace, Coral Gables may just be your dream destination. With its perfect combination of the residential and the commercial, it offers all the shops and amenities you’ll need, but in the kind of peaceful, uncongested setting that’s perfect for raising kids. The average house price is a tad expensive at $750,400, but with most households earning in excess of $95k, there’s still plenty of disposable wealth floating around. The easy 20-minute drive to downtown Miami, meanwhile, is sure to please those looking to make the most of the city’s various attractions.
Besides the vibrant beaches, glimmering high rises and glamorous vibe, the cuban influence and urban culture keep Miami interesting. With its attractive architecture, trendy nightclubs,exclusive spas and charming local business, you’ll never be short of things to do and see. Parking and driving around the city can be a pain, but switch your car for a bike (as a lot of residents do) and you’re unlikely to feel the effects. Yes, it’s crowded, and yes, it’s a tourist mecca, but if you can manage the crowds, many find Miami a dream.
- Palm Beach
Just as the weather is always sunny and clement, so are the residents warm and cheery-With a median income of $110,961, it’s hardly surprising. Job opportunities are excellent (mainly in financial services) while the variety of local businesses maintain that welcoming, community feel. Beyond the stunning beaches, the picturesque landscaping, stunning architecture, burgeoning restaurant scene and some of the best boutique shopping in Florida, it’s no wonder Palm Beach remains an icon to residents and visitors alike.
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