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Florida : What you need to know

The Sunshine State has a low cost of living and major industries like tourism, construction, banking, healthcare, aerospace and defense. With its state capital of Tallahassee and largest city Jacksonville, other best places to live in Florida include Orlando, Coral Gables, Tampa, Gainesville and Fort Lauderdale. Florida borders both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and there are many recreational attractions – including DisneyWorld, Cape Canaveral, the Everglades, South Beach and the Florida Keys.

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Quick Facts about FL

Population 19,645,772
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $47,507
Median Home Price $159,000
Median Property Tax $1,435
Median Rent $65

Employment Rate in FL

  Employed 95.1%
  Unemployed 4.9%

Race in FL

  Ethnicity White 76%
  Ethnicity Black 16.1%
  Ethnicity Asian 2.6%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 23.7%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 2.5%

Employment Rate in FL

  Employed 95.1%
  Unemployed 4.9%

Educational Levels in FL

  Bachelor's Degree 17.5%
  Associate's Degree 9.4%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9.8%
  High School Graduate 29.5%
  Some College, No Degree 20.7%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 27.3%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 86.9%

Industry in FL

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1.1%
Construction 6.6%
Manufacturing 5.2%
Wholesale Trade 2.9%
Retail Trade 13.4%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5%
Information 2%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 7.7%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 12.7%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 21.3%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 12.2%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 5.4%
Public Administration 4.6%

Housing in FL

  Homes Rent 65.3%
  Homes Owned 34.7%

Florida Rankings

Best places to Live in Florida

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Jacksonville 846,951 $136,400 $46,764
Miami 424,632 $224,600 $31,051
Tampa 355,603 $160,300 $44,185
Orlando 256,738 $160,500 $42,318
St. Petersburg 250,713 $145,100 $45,748
Hialeah 234,714 $156,000 $29,249
Tallahassee 187,024 $177,900 $39,681
Fort Lauderdale 173,570 $255,600 $50,778
Port St. Lucie 172,054 $137,100 $49,813
Cape Coral 165,843 $156,900 $50,536
Pembroke Pines 162,243 $208,700 $61,279
Hollywood 146,791 $181,700 $46,791
Miramar 131,384 $202,600 $65,282
Gainesville 127,559 $141,500 $31,818
Coral Springs 126,673 $277,900 $66,430
Miami Gardens 112,021 $129,800 $38,253
Clearwater 110,381 $156,400 $44,198
Lehigh Acres 110,244 $88,300 $40,226
Brandon 108,287 $147,800 $56,464
Palm Bay 105,212 $102,400 $43,163