The 10 Best Counties To Live In Florida For 2022


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Florida have the most for people looking to make the move to Florida.

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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.

Or, check out the best places to live in Florida and the cheapest places to live in Florida.

The Best Counties To Live In Florida For 2022

1. Nassau County

Fernandina Beach, FL

Biggest Place: Yulee

Population: 85,762
Median Income: $72,998.0 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $243,700.0 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (18th best)
More on Nassau County: PhotosData

2. St. Johns County

St. Augustine, FL

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Fruit Cove

Population: 255,410
Median Income: $83,803.0 (best)
Median Home Price: $326,300.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (24th best)
More on St. Johns County: PhotosData

3. Martin County

Stuart, FL

Biggest Place: Palm City

Population: 160,420
Median Income: $65,821.0 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $293,000.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (15th best)
More on Martin County: PhotosData

4. Wakulla County

Biggest Place: Crawfordville

Population: 32,855
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

5. Seminole County

Altamonte Springs, FL

Biggest Place: Sanford

Population: 466,695
Median Income: $70,297.0 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $263,700.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (13th best)
More on Seminole County: PhotosData

6. Santa Rosa County

Gulf Breeze, FL

Biggest Place: Navarre

Population: 179,587
Median Income: $70,663.0 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $214,900.0 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (38th best)
More on Santa Rosa County: PhotosData

7. Sumter County

Bushnell, FL

Biggest Place: The Villages

Population: 129,938
Median Income: $59,618.0 (19th best)
Median Home Price: $267,100.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (17th best)
More on Sumter County: PhotosData

8. Collier County

Naples, FL

Biggest Place: Golden Gate

Population: 379,345
Median Income: $70,217.0 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $366,600.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (11th best)
More on Collier County: PhotosData

9. Okaloosa County

Crestview, FL

Biggest Place: Crestview

Population: 207,430
Median Income: $64,373.0 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $234,600.0 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (8th best)
More on Okaloosa County: PhotosData

10. Clay County

Green Cove Springs, FL

Biggest Place: Lakeside

Population: 215,294
Median Income: $68,657.0 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $195,900.0 (29th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (35th best)
More on Clay County: PhotosData

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.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

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:

  1. Glades County
  2. Liberty County
  3. Hamilton County

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Florida

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Nassau County 1 85,762 $72,998.0 $243,700.0
St. Johns County 2 255,410 $83,803.0 $326,300.0
Martin County 3 160,420 $65,821.0 $293,000.0
Wakulla County 4 32,855 $67,480.0 $171,200.0
Seminole County 5 466,695 $70,297.0 $263,700.0
Santa Rosa County 6 179,587 $70,663.0 $214,900.0
Sumter County 7 129,938 $59,618.0 $267,100.0
Collier County 8 379,345 $70,217.0 $366,600.0
Okaloosa County 9 207,430 $64,373.0 $234,600.0
Clay County 10 215,294 $68,657.0 $195,900.0
Monroe County 11 75,137 $72,012.0 $558,100.0
Charlotte County 12 185,926 $52,724.0 $209,500.0
Indian River County 13 156,964 $57,945.0 $220,700.0
Sarasota County 14 427,766 $64,644.0 $269,300.0
Gulf County 15 15,073 $50,640.0 $170,700.0
Pinellas County 16 970,985 $56,419.0 $219,800.0
Hillsborough County 17 1,451,358 $60,566.0 $233,200.0
Walton County 18 71,049 $67,390.0 $245,400.0
Flagler County 19 112,854 $57,536.0 $232,700.0
Lee County 20 756,570 $59,608.0 $235,300.0
Manatee County 21 393,847 $59,963.0 $250,700.0
Baker County 22 28,679 $62,299.0 $158,000.0
Brevard County 23 594,001 $59,359.0 $220,000.0
Bay County 24 180,076 $56,483.0 $195,000.0
Gilchrist County 25 18,245 $47,381.0 $125,900.0
Leon County 26 291,863 $54,675.0 $212,900.0
Broward County 27 1,942,273 $60,922.0 $282,400.0
Alachua County 28 268,105 $50,089.0 $201,600.0
Volusia County 29 546,107 $52,407.0 $194,900.0
Lake County 30 356,115 $55,792.0 $202,500.0
Duval County 31 948,651 $56,769.0 $195,600.0
Osceola County 32 363,666 $55,538.0 $221,600.0
St. Lucie County 33 320,914 $55,237.0 $209,700.0
Pasco County 34 539,885 $53,431.0 $173,900.0
Escambia County 35 316,691 $53,023.0 $157,200.0
Palm Beach County 36 1,482,057 $65,015.0 $301,000.0
Union County 37 15,282 $55,139.0 $112,600.0
Orange County 38 1,373,784 $61,416.0 $257,800.0
Polk County 39 705,735 $51,535.0 $162,400.0
Hernando County 40 190,700 $50,280.0 $158,400.0
Citrus County 41 147,938 $45,689.0 $144,100.0
Jefferson County 42 14,278 $49,081.0 $137,300.0
Calhoun County 43 14,324 $38,037.0 $91,100.0
Miami-Dade County 44 2,705,528 $53,975.0 $310,700.0
Suwannee County 45 44,290 $46,280.0 $107,100.0
Okeechobee County 46 41,611 $46,097.0 $116,500.0
Marion County 47 360,210 $46,587.0 $151,700.0
Bradford County 48 27,723 $43,580.0 $118,900.0
Holmes County 49 19,530 $39,215.0 $86,400.0
Jackson County 50 47,409 $40,754.0 $101,300.0
Levy County 51 40,979 $38,951.0 $119,000.0
Highlands County 52 104,574 $43,708.0 $120,500.0
Gadsden County 53 45,787 $41,135.0 $98,100.0
Columbia County 54 70,898 $44,818.0 $128,800.0
Hardee County 55 27,027 $40,165.0 $94,100.0
Dixie County 56 16,740 $41,674.0 $85,000.0
Washington County 57 25,094 $37,260.0 $120,800.0
Madison County 58 18,557 $35,240.0 $89,100.0
Taylor County 59 21,709 $38,295.0 $81,900.0
Franklin County 60 11,914 $48,814.0 $193,800.0
Hendry County 61 41,472 $36,978.0 $105,900.0
Desoto County 62 37,371 $36,360.0 $103,600.0
Putnam County 63 73,784 $40,068.0 $103,400.0
Lafayette County 64 8,576 $51,734.0 $100,600.0
Hamilton County 65 14,397 $38,300.0 $85,900.0
Liberty County 66 8,333 $39,121.0 $83,700.0
Glades County 67 13,777 $39,709.0 $72,100.0
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best counties to live in Florida.

About Chris Kolmar

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