The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Florida For 2021


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

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

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 Flagler Beach according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Florida for 2021.

What's the best place to buy a home in Florida for 2021? 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 2021

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,002
Median Home Price: $304,600
Population Change: 1.1%
Home Price Change: 16.8%
More on Flagler Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,088
Median Home Price: $175,700
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 4.8%
More on South Pasadena: Homes For Sale | Data

Labelle, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,106
Median Home Price: $95,300
Population Change: 0.6%
Home Price Change: 23.0%
More on Labelle: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,127
Median Home Price: $152,800
Population Change: 2.2%
Home Price Change: 5.2%
More on Kenneth City: Homes For Sale | Data

Valparaiso, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,145
Median Home Price: $224,800
Population Change: 2.2%
Home Price Change: 5.5%
More on Valparaiso: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

South Bay, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,158
Median Home Price: $83,100
Population Change: 0.8%
Home Price Change: 1.1%
More on South Bay: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Starke, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,393
Median Home Price: $97,900
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 13.3%
More on Starke: Homes For Sale | Data

Fellsmere, FL

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,625
Median Home Price: $108,500
Population Change: -0.1%
Home Price Change: 8.4%
More on Fellsmere: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Okeechobee, FL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,724
Median Home Price: $113,700
Population Change: 1.5%
Home Price Change: 4.1%
More on Okeechobee: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Surfside, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,725
Median Home Price: $625,500
Population Change: -1.6%
Home Price Change: 7.5%
More on Surfside: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Florida for 2021?

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 2015-2019 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 220 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 220 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 Flagler Beach is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Sunshine State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Florida for 2021

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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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Florida

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Flagler Beach 1 $304,600 1.1% 16.8%
South Pasadena 2 $175,700 0.3% 4.8%
Labelle 3 $95,300 0.6% 23.0%
Kenneth City 4 $152,800 2.2% 5.2%
Valparaiso 5 $224,800 2.2% 5.5%
South Bay 6 $83,100 0.8% 1.1%
Starke 7 $97,900 0.3% 13.3%
Fellsmere 8 $108,500 -0.1% 8.4%
Okeechobee 9 $113,700 1.5% 4.1%
Surfside 10 $625,500 -1.6% 7.5%
Mascotte 11 $157,700 3.4% 26.9%
Lake Alfred 12 $142,700 4.0% 22.1%
Bay Harbor Islands 13 $362,300 -1.3% -7.1%
Newberry 14 $175,600 2.7% 6.6%
High Springs 15 $167,800 1.8% 8.4%
Tequesta 16 $381,100 1.0% 6.1%
Fort Meade 17 $77,900 1.5% 4.1%
Pahokee 18 $97,000 1.7% 7.3%
Defuniak Springs 19 $121,700 3.5% -6.9%
Gulf Breeze 20 $371,600 2.6% 9.3%
Macclenny 21 $140,600 1.7% 14.5%
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 22 $441,000 0.5% -0.5%
Pembroke Park 23 $84,400 0.8% -0.1%
Wildwood 24 $169,100 4.3% 56.4%
Treasure Island 25 $382,200 0.2% 0.6%
Live Oak 26 $110,600 0.0% 24.7%
Perry 27 $90,800 -0.4% 7.3%
Marianna 28 $88,200 -4.7% -1.3%
St. Augustine Beach 29 $415,400 0.7% 6.5%
Belle Isle 30 $321,700 2.1% 2.8%
Fort Myers Beach 31 $448,100 1.2% 12.8%
Neptune Beach 32 $401,000 0.3% 5.1%
Dade City 33 $106,300 2.2% 11.8%
Inverness 34 $99,200 0.9% 3.7%
Longboat Key 35 $740,500 0.7% 2.7%
Sanibel 36 $721,200 1.3% 0.1%
Quincy 37 $77,100 -2.4% -16.1%
Clewiston 38 $112,600 1.5% 2.5%
West Miami 39 $335,800 5.6% 10.5%
Fruitland Park 40 $228,200 18.9% 27.6%
Southwest Ranches 41 $641,800 0.5% 2.2%
Green Cove Springs 42 $189,500 3.7% 19.1%
Arcadia 43 $105,900 1.6% 21.2%
North Bay Village 44 $331,500 -0.5% 13.0%
Brooksville 45 $61,600 2.0% 25.7%
Indian Harbour Beach 46 $296,600 0.8% 9.9%
Lake Park 47 $201,400 0.0% 16.3%
Marathon 48 $425,200 -0.4% 9.2%
Palm Beach 49 $1,177,100 0.6% 2.4%
Orange Park 50 $180,800 0.6% 8.4%
Springfield 51 $111,700 -1.6% 3.1%
St. Pete Beach 52 $462,500 0.2% 11.2%
Alachua 53 $179,500 0.7% 7.6%
Milton 54 $129,000 2.3% -1.5%
Palatka 55 $75,200 0.4% -3.7%
Cape Canaveral 56 $244,900 1.0% 8.2%
Sebring 57 $96,600 -2.4% 13.8%
Miami Shores 58 $558,700 -2.0% 9.1%
Avon Park 59 $70,300 0.7% 2.8%
Satellite Beach 60 $300,200 1.4% 10.2%
Lighthouse Point 61 $538,700 0.8% 2.0%
Minneola 62 $219,200 4.5% 16.0%
Cocoa Beach 63 $318,000 0.7% 3.9%
Lantana 64 $225,600 2.5% 15.3%
Florida City 65 $153,100 -1.4% 6.8%
Orange City 66 $116,600 4.7% 16.3%
South Miami 67 $569,300 -1.3% 7.7%
Lake City 68 $106,800 0.7% -3.3%
Holly Hill 69 $105,600 0.9% 9.1%
Gulfport 70 $185,600 0.4% 10.7%
Fernandina Beach 71 $333,900 2.5% 5.5%
Wilton Manors 72 $326,600 0.8% 2.4%
Panama City Beach 73 $243,300 0.5% 6.1%
South Daytona 74 $146,800 1.1% 18.1%
Key Biscayne 75 $1,211,000 -1.1% -0.6%
North Palm Beach 76 $328,100 1.0% 10.6%
Atlantic Beach 77 $362,300 1.3% 2.5%
Palmetto 78 $156,700 0.9% 27.8%
Groveland 79 $199,100 9.7% 13.7%
Destin 80 $332,000 1.7% 4.7%
Mount Dora 81 $244,100 2.0% 0.5%
Miami Springs 82 $410,400 -1.6% 6.0%
St. Augustine 83 $271,000 2.1% 3.9%
Oldsmar 84 $228,400 1.5% 17.4%
Longwood 85 $213,600 2.3% 14.0%
Callaway 86 $148,400 -1.5% 0.7%
West Park 87 $174,800 0.6% 7.4%
Niceville 88 $238,800 2.2% 10.1%
Lady Lake 89 $146,300 2.0% 5.8%
Zephyrhills 90 $98,800 4.9% 4.2%
Auburndale 91 $180,800 3.0% 13.1%
Lake Wales 92 $167,400 1.9% 14.0%
Opa-Locka 93 $154,300 -1.7% 35.0%
Stuart 94 $185,700 0.4% 10.3%
New Port Richey 95 $87,500 1.7% 13.8%
Lake Mary 96 $320,100 2.1% 8.1%
Tavares 97 $144,900 3.4% 13.8%
Vero Beach 98 $259,800 1.8% 1.4%
Maitland 99 $372,500 0.8% 8.0%
Safety Harbor 100 $268,800 0.8% 8.8%

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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.

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