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Best Places to Live in Florida in 2020-21

The best places to live in the Sunshine State span the beaches, coasts, farmland and tourism centers. Check out the best cities to live in Florida.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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Naples, FL

badge #1 in Best Places to Live in Florida

Nestled between the edges of the Everglades and the shores of the Gulf of Mexico sits Collier County, home to Naples, Immokalee an… more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 4.6 Value

Sarasota, FL

badge #2 in Best Places to Live in Florida

Warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving arts and cultural scene have made Sarasota a go-to place for retir… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 5.7 Value

Melbourne, FL

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in Florida

Troves of urbanites, families, professionals and retirees enjoy Melbourne, Florida, one of the Space Coast's most populated metro are… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 6.2 Value

Tampa, FL

badge #4 in Best Places to Live in Florida

Residents of the Tampa Bay area enjoy both a laid-back beach lifestyle and the amenities of a large metropolitan area, including prof… more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 5.7 Value

Pensacola, FL

badge #5 in Best Places to Live in Florida

Bordering Escambia Bay and Pensacola Bay, the Pensacola metro area is a blend of history and nature. Native Americans have lived in t… more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 6.6 Value

Jacksonville, FL

badge #6 in Best Places to Live in Florida

Jacksonville is the largest metro area by land mass in the continental U.S., and it offers a range of culturally and aesthetically… more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 6.3 Value

Orlando, FL

badge #7 in Best Places to Live in Florida

When travelers say they're going to Orlando, the question is, "Which one?" There's downtown Orlando, the seat of Orange County govern… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 5.1 Value

Fort Myers, FL

badge #8 in Best Places to Live in Florida

For many years the Southwest Gulf Coast's population had little growth and remained somewhat isolated from the rest of the Sunshine S… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 5.2 Value

Lakeland, FL

badge #9 in Best Places to Live in Florida

Aptly named for its 38 stunning lakes, Lakeland is infused with Old Florida history and natural beauty. Remnants of Lakeland's past, … more

  • 6.6 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.0 Value

Ocala, FL

badge #10 in Best Places to Live in Florida

Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” Ocala maintains deep equestrian roots even as the area evolves into a diverse metropoli… more

  • 6.6 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.2 Value
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