Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Florida a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Florida.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Sunshine State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Florida, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 67 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Sunshine State for 2022.
Nassau County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Florida. And you might want to avoid Glades County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Florida, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Florida For 2022
Biggest Place: Yulee
Biggest Place: Fruit Cove
Biggest Place: Palm City
Biggest Place: Crawfordville
Median Income: $67,480.0 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $171,200.0 (35th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (2nd best)
More on Wakulla County: Data
Biggest Place: Sanford
Biggest Place: Navarre
Biggest Place: The Villages
Biggest Place: Golden Gate
Biggest Place: Crestview
10. Clay County
Biggest Place: Lakeside
Methodology: How do you determine which Florida county is the best?
To give you the best county in Florida, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Florida across each of the criteria from one to 67, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Florida”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Sunshine State.
Read on to see why Nassau County is the best county, while Glades County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Florida.
Summary: The Best Counties In Florida To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Florida can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Florida according to the data:
- Glades County
- Liberty County
- Hamilton County
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