The 10 Richest Cities In Florida For 2021


We analyzed 215 places in Florida to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Florida.

You have to be the owner of SunnyD, a lottery winner, or have a crazy good, high paying, job to live in our richest cities in Florida for 2021. If you're looking for safe cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, good food, high-end shopping, with paycheck to match, you can stop your search. There are cities in the Sunshine State that have all of these amenities, and more, because they cater to the Florida "one percenters".

How does one get their hand on one of these cities? Well, a couple of things have to fall into place for you. First off, you need to find a job that pays at least $100,000/year. Might we suggest a job in healthcare in our number one richest city. Whether it's performing plastic surgery or just taking care of the snowbirds, we're sure you'll stay busy and wealthy. Did we mention that Florida does not have state income tax and that their corporate tax is super low? So creating your own business in Longboat Key might be the 'key' to your Florida success. Monetary wealth does make a city rich, but there are cities on our list that are both rich in the dollar as well as rich in amenities.

Cities like Parkland and Gulf Breeze have a park-like atmosphere, and cities like Lighthouse Point and Coral Gables have beaches that rival the Caribbean. More importantly, these cities have staycation written all over them. This means that you and your money can stay put so that you can afford to live in these fancy cities. In all seriousness, our richest cities in Florida have some of the best schools in the country. Blue ribbon elementary schools, gold star high schools with focus in STEM, the Arts, and Aviation, and colleges like Palm Beach College, are delivering the next generation of millionaires one student at a time.

To take a closer look at the wealthiest cities in Florida for 2021, have your chef make your favorite meal and your driver deliver you to your favorite beach, and read on.

To narrow down the richest cities in Florida, we looked at several factors: poverty rate, median household income, and unemployment rate. The cities also had to have a population of at least 5,000.

There were 220 said wealthy cities in the largest state in the southeast. What was the richest city in Florida? Without further adieu, the wealthiest city in Florida for 2021 is Palm Beach.

So, if you care about living where there are great jobs and wealthy people, take a look the list below. The Sunshine State is calling.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Florida:

The 10 Richest Cities In Florida For 2021

1. Palm Beach

Palm Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,723
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $141,348
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Palm Beach: Real Estate | Photos

2. Longboat Key

Longboat Key, FL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,283
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $114,762
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Longboat Key: Real Estate | Photos

3. Sanibel

Sanibel, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,319
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 11)
Median Income: $108,081
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Sanibel: Real Estate | Photos

4. Lake Mary

Lake Mary, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,698
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 19)
Median Income: $96,983
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Lake Mary: Real Estate | Photos

5. Belle Isle

Belle Isle, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 7,010
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $88,433
Unemployment Rate: 1.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Belle Isle: Real Estate | Photos

6. Parkland

Parkland, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 31,454
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $154,844
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Parkland: Real Estate | Photos

7. Cooper City

Cooper City, FL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 35,556
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,795
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Cooper City: Real Estate | Photos

8. Atlantic Beach

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,575
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $78,059
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Atlantic Beach: Real Estate

9. Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 56,219
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $87,969
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Palm Beach Gardens: Real Estate | Photos

10. Satellite Beach

Satellite Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,873
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Income: $79,082
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 4.9%
More on Satellite Beach: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Florida For 2021

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Florida
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 220 places with more than 5,000 people in Florida, we ranked each place from 1 to 220 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Palm Beach, crowned the "Richest City In Florida For 2021". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 220 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Florida For 2021

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Florida, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Florida.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Florida, according to data:

Poorest: Belle Glade
2nd Poorest: Opa-locka
3rd Poorest: Pahokee

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Florida

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Palm Beach 10.0 $141,348
2 Longboat Key 12.33 $114,762
3 Sanibel 14.0 $108,081
4 Lake Mary 15.33 $96,983
5 Belle Isle 16.0 $88,433
6 Parkland 17.33 $154,844
7 Cooper City 19.0 $106,795
8 Atlantic Beach 20.33 $78,059
9 Palm Beach Gardens 20.33 $87,969
10 Satellite Beach 20.67 $79,082
11 Jacksonville Beach 21.0 $91,037
12 Royal Palm Beach 23.0 $82,582
13 Marco Island 25.0 $86,215
14 Lighthouse Point 26.0 $81,445
15 Coral Gables 26.33 $100,843
16 Pinecrest 27.0 $156,875
17 Tequesta 27.0 $78,429
18 Naples 28.0 $107,013
19 Safety Harbor 28.67 $78,026
20 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 28.67 $72,537
21 Oviedo 29.67 $95,935
22 Miami Lakes 30.0 $75,762
23 North Palm Beach 31.0 $72,027
24 Panama City Beach 32.33 $63,912
25 Niceville 32.33 $76,823
26 Destin 37.33 $79,000
27 Weston 38.33 $107,908
28 Key Biscayne 39.33 $151,310
29 Jupiter 40.0 $86,027
30 Newberry 40.33 $64,846
31 Winter Park 40.67 $77,899
32 Debary 43.0 $65,316
33 North Bay Village 43.33 $62,396
34 Southwest Ranches 44.0 $124,591
35 Fort Myers Beach 44.0 $74,357
36 Neptune Beach 44.67 $90,037
37 Winter Springs 46.33 $71,898
38 Bonita Springs 46.33 $70,249
39 Wellington 47.33 $92,586
40 Key West 49.0 $69,630
41 Clermont 50.67 $64,736
42 North Port 52.0 $62,097
43 Winter Garden 52.67 $73,739
44 Plantation 52.67 $74,903
45 Miami Springs 52.67 $61,795
46 Palmetto Bay 55.67 $123,477
47 Boca Raton 57.67 $83,114
48 Cutler Bay 58.0 $75,101
49 Rockledge 59.33 $68,265
50 New Smyrna Beach 60.0 $57,043
51 Maitland 60.0 $75,944
52 Doral 60.33 $77,493
53 Venice 61.0 $60,086
54 Ormond Beach 61.33 $54,432
55 Miami Shores 62.33 $123,478
56 Treasure Island 62.33 $75,423
57 West Melbourne 64.0 $68,277
58 Macclenny 64.33 $60,837
59 Ocoee 64.67 $75,329
60 Cocoa Beach 64.67 $58,636
61 Minneola 66.67 $61,549
62 Coconut Creek 67.0 $62,973
63 Seminole 67.67 $53,975
64 Lynn Haven 68.67 $65,650
65 Valparaiso 68.67 $57,316
66 Miramar 69.33 $70,669
67 St. Augustine Beach 71.0 $86,056
68 Temple Terrace 71.0 $63,018
69 Port St. Lucie 72.33 $60,587
70 Wilton Manors 72.67 $70,465
71 Davie 72.67 $71,780
72 Sunny Isles Beach 73.67 $55,350
73 Aventura 73.67 $63,892
74 Gulf Breeze 75.67 $92,267
75 Pembroke Pines 76.0 $68,745
76 Longwood 76.67 $65,805
77 Apopka 78.33 $66,057
78 Marathon 79.0 $56,365
79 St. Pete Beach 81.0 $76,516
80 Cape Canaveral 83.0 $54,653
81 Surfside 85.33 $69,063
82 Coral Springs 86.0 $77,360
83 Hialeah Gardens 86.33 $53,423
84 Dunedin 88.0 $50,356
85 Kenneth City 90.33 $46,238
86 Stuart 91.33 $47,921
87 Milton 93.0 $56,633
88 Miami Beach 94.0 $53,971
89 Edgewater 94.0 $49,878
90 Gulfport 94.0 $52,705
91 Groveland 94.67 $62,384
92 Flagler Beach 95.0 $49,167
93 Cape Coral 95.67 $61,599
94 Fernandina Beach 96.0 $63,942
95 Palm Coast 97.0 $54,360
96 Lake Park 99.0 $61,705
97 Green Cove Springs 99.67 $57,009
98 Punta Gorda 100.0 $61,395
99 St. Petersburg 100.33 $56,982
100 Indian Harbour Beach 103.67 $61,856

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