The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Florida For 2022


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Florida have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2022.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Florida:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Florida, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Sunshine State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Florida that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Florida at the moment? That would be Belleview according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Florida for 2022.

What's the best place to buy a home in Florida for 2022? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Florida and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Florida.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Florida For 2022

Belleview, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,028
Median Home Price: $96,600
Population Change: 2.0%
Home Price Change: 8.7%
More on Belleview: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,065
Median Home Price: $331,200
Population Change: 1.3%
Home Price Change: 8.7%
More on Flagler Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,090
Median Home Price: $197,600
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 12.5%
More on South Pasadena: Homes For Sale | Data

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,119
Median Home Price: $173,400
Population Change: -0.2%
Home Price Change: 13.5%
More on Kenneth City: Homes For Sale | Data

Labelle, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,186
Median Home Price: $110,300
Population Change: 1.6%
Home Price Change: 15.7%
More on Labelle: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Starke, FL

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,415
Median Home Price: $97,100
Population Change: 0.4%
Home Price Change: -0.8%
More on Starke: Homes For Sale | Data

Davenport, FL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,420
Median Home Price: $201,300
Population Change: 15.8%
Home Price Change: 15.0%
More on Davenport: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Okeechobee, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,574
Median Home Price: $138,700
Population Change: -2.6%
Home Price Change: 22.0%
More on Okeechobee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Surfside, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,665
Median Home Price: $619,300
Population Change: -1.0%
Home Price Change: -1.0%
More on Surfside: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Valparaiso, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,669
Median Home Price: $268,500
Population Change: 10.2%
Home Price Change: 19.4%
More on Valparaiso: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Florida for 2022?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Florida. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Florida with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2016-2020 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Florida with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Florida, only 221 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 221 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Belleview is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Sunshine State.

Read on for more on these places.

Summary: The Best Places To Purchase A House In Florida for 2022

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Florida. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Home Prices By City In Florida

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Belleview 1 $96,600 2.0% 8.7%
Flagler Beach 2 $331,200 1.3% 8.7%
South Pasadena 3 $197,600 0.0% 12.5%
Kenneth City 4 $173,400 -0.2% 13.5%
Labelle 5 $110,300 1.6% 15.7%
Starke 6 $97,100 0.4% -0.8%
Davenport 7 $201,300 15.8% 15.0%
Okeechobee 8 $138,700 -2.6% 22.0%
Surfside 9 $619,300 -1.0% -1.0%
Valparaiso 10 $268,500 10.2% 19.4%
Fellsmere 11 $107,100 1.2% -1.3%
Bay Harbor Islands 12 $466,000 -0.5% 28.6%
High Springs 13 $175,900 -1.9% 4.8%
Lake Alfred 14 $135,400 3.5% -5.1%
Mascotte 15 $165,200 5.0% 4.8%
Newberry 16 $215,600 2.3% 22.8%
Tequesta 17 $417,800 0.5% 9.6%
Fort Meade 18 $92,900 1.0% 19.3%
Pahokee 19 $108,800 0.3% 12.2%
Marianna 20 $87,600 -4.6% -0.7%
South Bay 21 $92,200 29.2% 11.0%
Defuniak Springs 22 $125,900 3.8% 3.5%
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 23 $449,600 1.2% 2.0%
Pembroke Park 24 $47,100 0.6% -44.2%
Gulf Breeze 25 $368,500 2.7% -0.8%
Macclenny 26 $175,300 2.1% 24.7%
Perry 27 $95,500 -0.2% 5.2%
Treasure Island 28 $395,900 0.3% 3.6%
Live Oak 29 $96,700 0.6% -12.6%
St. Augustine Beach 30 $433,600 1.1% 4.4%
Fort Myers Beach 31 $474,900 0.8% 6.0%
Belle Isle 32 $361,500 1.8% 12.4%
Neptune Beach 33 $427,800 1.6% 6.7%
Quincy 34 $79,500 -1.3% 3.1%
Dade City 35 $117,200 2.1% 10.3%
Longboat Key 36 $724,600 0.2% -2.1%
Wildwood 37 $217,800 7.3% 28.8%
Sanibel 38 $703,800 0.8% -2.4%
Inverness 39 $105,600 1.6% 6.5%
Clewiston 40 $124,700 1.7% 10.7%
Southwest Ranches 41 $670,100 0.3% 4.4%
North Bay Village 42 $325,000 -0.6% -2.0%
West Miami 43 $347,700 4.7% 3.5%
Arcadia 44 $113,600 1.4% 7.3%
Green Cove Springs 45 $179,700 4.5% -5.2%
Brooksville 46 $64,500 2.4% 4.7%
Indian Harbour Beach 47 $308,800 0.5% 4.1%
Lake Park 48 $233,200 0.4% 15.8%
Marathon 49 $517,200 0.5% 21.6%
Orange Park 50 $201,400 0.3% 11.4%
Palm Beach 51 $1,211,900 0.6% 3.0%
Springfield 52 $119,200 -3.4% 6.7%
Fruitland Park 53 $247,200 17.0% 8.3%
St. Pete Beach 54 $484,700 0.2% 4.8%
Alachua 55 $203,500 0.2% 13.4%
Milton 56 $134,900 2.6% 4.6%
Miami Shores 57 $556,100 -0.8% -0.5%
Palatka 58 $74,600 0.2% -0.8%
Cape Canaveral 59 $264,800 0.3% 8.1%
Sebring 60 $104,200 0.7% 7.9%
Avon Park 61 $80,400 0.7% 14.4%
Satellite Beach 62 $321,900 1.2% 7.2%
Lighthouse Point 63 $505,200 0.4% -6.2%
Cocoa Beach 64 $329,800 0.4% 3.7%
Florida City 65 $172,100 -0.6% 12.4%
Lantana 66 $260,900 2.2% 15.6%
South Miami 67 $569,100 -0.7% -0.0%
Lake City 68 $117,300 0.9% 9.8%
Minneola 69 $258,800 5.7% 18.1%
Orange City 70 $143,800 2.0% 23.3%
Holly Hill 71 $118,000 0.9% 11.7%
Gulfport 72 $219,300 -0.0% 18.2%
Wilton Manors 73 $383,200 -0.4% 17.3%
Fernandina Beach 74 $332,500 2.1% -0.4%
Panama City Beach 75 $266,900 -0.0% 9.7%
Key Biscayne 76 $1,430,100 -0.4% 18.1%
North Palm Beach 77 $345,300 0.5% 5.2%
South Daytona 78 $144,400 1.7% -1.6%
Palmetto 79 $161,300 0.5% 2.9%
Atlantic Beach 80 $397,200 1.9% 9.6%
Miami Springs 81 $426,300 -0.7% 3.9%
Mount Dora 82 $257,200 2.2% 5.4%
Destin 83 $346,000 5.7% 4.2%
Callaway 84 $153,900 -1.8% 3.7%
Oldsmar 85 $253,500 1.1% 11.0%
West Park 86 $194,600 0.3% 11.3%
St. Augustine 87 $294,600 3.8% 8.7%
Groveland 88 $228,700 10.5% 14.9%
Longwood 89 $229,700 3.9% 7.5%
Niceville 90 $248,100 1.5% 3.9%
Lady Lake 91 $156,600 1.7% 7.0%
Opa-Locka 92 $169,900 -0.9% 10.1%
Zephyrhills 93 $117,200 3.1% 18.6%
Auburndale 94 $191,000 2.7% 5.6%
Stuart 95 $205,900 0.7% 10.9%
Lake Wales 96 $180,700 3.0% 7.9%
New Port Richey 97 $99,500 2.0% 13.7%
Lake Mary 98 $329,700 1.7% 3.0%
Vero Beach 99 $269,600 1.8% 3.8%
Tavares 100 $155,600 2.8% 7.4%

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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