Florida : What you need to know

The Sunshine State has a low cost of living and major industries like tourism, construction, banking, healthcare, aerospace and defense. With its state capital of Tallahassee and largest city Jacksonville, other best places to live in Florida include Orlando, Coral Gables, Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Florida borders both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and there are many recreational attractions – including DisneyWorld, Cape Canaveral, the Everglades, South Beach and the Florida Keys.


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Florida Profile

Quick Facts

Population 19645772
Latest Population Increase 1.45%
Median Household Income $19645772
Median Home Price $159000
Median Property Tax $1435
Median Rent $65.3

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.1%
  Unemployed 4.9%

Race

  Ethnicity White 76%
  Ethnicity Black 16.1%
  Ethnicity Asian 2.6%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 23.7%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 2.5%

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.1%
  Unemployed 4.9%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 17.5%
  Associate's Degree 9.4%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9.8%
  High School Graduate 29.5%
  Some College, No Degree 20.7%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27.3%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 86.9%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1.1%
Construction 6.6%
Manufacturing 5.2%
Wholesale Trade 2.9%
Retail Trade 13.4%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5%
Information 2%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 7.7%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 12.7%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 21.3%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 12.2%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5.4%
Public Administration 4.6%

Housing

  Homes Rent 65.3%
  Homes Owned 34.7%

Florida Rankings


Best places to Live in Florida
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Acacia Villas 375 $0 $33,564
Alachua 9,435 $159,800 $54,048
Alafaya 85,167 $190,100 $63,449
Alford 538 $68,200 $24,792
Allen 946 $181,300 $71,439
Altamonte Springs 42,218 $133,600 $48,542
Altha 670 $117,800 $38,859
Altoona 123 $0 $46,343
Alturas 3,756 $83,700 $43,350
Alva 2,088 $212,200 $57,604
Andrews 1,191 $73,900 $34,069
Anna Maria 1,219 $387,700 $47,917
Apalachicola 2,077 $125,000 $40,323
Apollo Beach 16,336 $209,300 $72,529
Apopka 45,801 $156,100 $58,885
Arcadia 7,704 $71,300 $27,260
Archer 1,180 $138,000 $30,863
Aripeka 105 $134,900 $21,146
Asbury Lake 8,078 $170,100 $71,136
Astatula 1,541 $83,100 $40,972