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In the list of the 150 best places to live in the U.S., Florida cities are featured 14 times. That’s nearly 1/10 of the list. Which Florida cities made the list and where did they land?

The list, put together by U.S. News, based their list on the locations housing affordability, how much people desire to live there, the strength of the job market and the quality of life. You can click here to find exactly how the numbers are crunched. Here’s the list of Florida cities from the lowest ranked to the highest ranked.

  • #137 Miami

    Surprised that Miami was the worst ranked of all the Florida cities that made the list? Miami didn’t rank so well in the job market index. However, they did do well in schools and crime.


    (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • #118 Orlando

    Orlando also didn’t do so well in the job market index, however, it did very well in crime and schools. It also can be a pricey place to make home.

    Walt Disney World Resort

    (Photo by Olga Thompson/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)

  • #113 Lakeland

    Lakeland didn’t do so well in the job market index, and the schools weren’t ranked highly, but the city was very strong in their crime rating. It’s also among the fastest growing places.

  • #110 Tallahassee

    There was no one category that stood out, but the job market, crime stats and schools all were better than the national average.

  • #100 Ft. Myers

    Ft. Myers is among the best places to retire, and one of the safest places. It didn’t do so well in the jobs category or or schools category.

  • #91 Ocala

    Ocala is among the faster growing cities. The jobs and schools weren’t ranked so high, but the crime rate was low.

  • #78 Port St. Lucie

    Port St. Lucie is tanked in the top 10 of best ‘places to retire’, ‘safest places’ and ‘fastest-growing places’ in Florida.

  • #68 Delray Beach

    Another town among the ‘best places to retire’ and ‘fastest growing’, it’s also a safe city.

  • #44 Pensacola

    The city up on the Florida panhandle has a moderate job market, pretty good schools and a low crime level,

  • #39 Tampa

    Tampa has a better than average job market, a well-above-average school system and a pretty high safety ranking. They did include the Tampa Bay area.


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  • #24 Jacksonville

    Above the national average in jobs, schools and safety, Jacksonville squeaked into the top #25.

  • #20 Melbourne

    Melbourne ranked as one of the top places to retire, but it is also ranked highly with an above-average job market, schools and safety .

  • #12 Naples

    Ranked as the #2 place to retire, Naples has an adequate school system, a job market that is about on par with the national average, and is one of the safest places on the list.

  • #9 Sarasota

    US News’ top place to live in Florida, and it’s among the nation’s best places to live. Sarasota is the top place to retire, better than average schools, one of the safest places, and a job market that’s about even with the national average.

  • The Top 5 In The Country

    #5 – San Jose, California
    #4 – Boulder, Colorado
    #3 – Green Bay, Wisconsin
    #2 – Colorado Springs, Colorado
    #1 – Huntsville, Alabama

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