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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  1. Naples, FL
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    Naples, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    4.6
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    4.6
  2. Sarasota, FL
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    Sarasota, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    Value
    5.7
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    5.7
  3. Melbourne, FL
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    Melbourne, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    Value
    6.2
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    6.2
  4. Tampa, FL
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    Tampa, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    5.7
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    5.7
  5. Pensacola, FL
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    Pensacola, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.6
    Value
    Value
    6.6
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    6.6
    Value
    6.6
  6. Jacksonville, FL
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    Jacksonville, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.6
    Value
    Value
    6.3
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    6.6
    Value
    6.3
  7. Orlando, FL
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    Orlando, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    5.1
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    5.1
  8. Fort Myers, FL
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    Fort Myers, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    5.2
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    5.2
  9. Lakeland, FL
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    Lakeland, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    Value
    6
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    6
  10. Ocala, FL
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    Ocala, FL

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    Value
    6.2
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    6.2