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COMPARE CITIES FOR Florida

Compare city quality of life facts and figures for some of the best places to retire in Florida. Use the drop down box to make another state comparison.






Florida Cities
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City Type
City Type East Coast, Lakes & Rivers, College Town Gulf Coast, Golf Lakes & Rivers College Town, Lakes & Rivers Gulf Coast, Lakes & Rivers East Coast, Lakes & Rivers, College Town Gulf Coast na
Population (2013 est.)
Population (Current) 77,508 20,537 35,531 127,488 53,326 89,407 25,550 74,624
Population (1990) 59,646 19,505 24,725 84,770 50,961 61,492 24,832 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 34 12 31 61 15 29 6 36
Persons Per Square Mile 2,280 1,711 1,146 2,090 3,555 3,083 4,258 2,065
Home Prices
2015 $169,389 $441,855 $123,936 $161,253 $298,342 $382,057 $506,860 $354,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '15) 47.5% 98.2% 39.6% 40.8% 60.5% 59.0% 81.1% 46.0%
Annual Appreciation ('14 to '15) 3.2% 1.6% 7.2% -3.2% -1.7% -2.2% -0.9% 2.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '15) 2.8% 5.0% 2.4% 2.5% 3.4% 3.4% 4.3% 3.2%
Big City Prices ('15) $186,000 $269,000 $186,000 $183,000 $156,000 $269,000 $269,000 $265,000
Bargain Index 73% 132% 54% 71% 154% 114% 152% 133%
Big City Orlando Miami Orlando Jacksonville Tampa-St Petersburg Miami Miami na
Monthly Rent $1,216 $1,293 $1,126 $1,180 $1,286 $1,628 $2,132 $1,336
Price/Rent Index 9.4 22.9 7.4 9.2 15.6 15.8 16.0 17.7
Cost of Living (2015)
Cost of Living 80% 130% 71% 78% 103% 119% 142% 115%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2013)
Good/Moderate Days 100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100% 99% 98%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 1% 2%
Unhealthy/Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2010)
Good na na na na na na na 37%
Threatened na na na na na na na 2%
Impaired na na na na na na na 60%
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 72 miles 115 miles 46 miles 72 miles 39 miles 44 miles 161 miles 80 miles
City Orlando Hialeah Orlando Jacksonville St Petersburg Hialeah Miami na
Recreation
National Parks 1 3 2 6 1 3 3 7
National Campgrounds 6 5 7 11 4 0 1 26
State Parks 5 7 10 15 16 8 7 11
Medical Care (2009)
Accredited Hospitals 4 3 2 5 5 4 1 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2014 146 185 359 67 92 66 0 309
2013 204 146 239 63 66 54 1 295
Gain ('13 to '14) -28% 27% 50% 6% 39% 22% na 4%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 43 64 42 25 45 45 42 37
White 80.9% 93.3% 64.7% 64.9% 75.4% 88.5% 83.8% 80.7%
Black or African American 10.3% 4.2% 27.7% 23.0% 15.1% 5.2% 9.7% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3% 0.1% 0.3% 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.4% 0.8%
Asian 3.1% 0.6% 2.0% 6.9% 1.3% 2.4% 1.6% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
Other Race 2.1% 0.7% 3.0% 1.9% 5.3% 2.0% 2.2% 4.4%
Multiple Races 3.1% 1.0% 2.3% 2.9% 2.3% 1.6% 2.1% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 8.9% 4.5% 11.0% 10.0% 16.6% 11.9% 21.2% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $55,468 $117,303 $47,588 $50,495 $51,481 $96,543 $58,336 $69,596
Occupied Housing 87% 58% 84% 89% 79% 83% 78% 83%
Vacant Housing 13% 42% 16% 11% 21% 17% 22% 17%
Home Ownership 60% 78% 58% 38% 57% 70% 41% 55%
Persons Per Family 2.80 2.40 2.90 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.80 2.90
Taxes (2014)
Local and State 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 6.7% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 105 days 105 days 105 days 105 days 105 days 105 days 105 days 109 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Temperate & Humid Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 50 F 53 F 51 F 44 F 51 F 58 F 65 F 27 F
July High Temp 91 F 91 F 93 F 91 F 91 F 92 F 89 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 48 in 52 in 50 in 49 in 55 in 57 in 39 in 35 in
Elevation 25 ft 5 ft 145 ft 96 ft 20 ft 15 ft 4 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Higher Moderate Higher Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
Earthquake .1% .1% 0% .1% 0% 0% .1% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane >60 40-60 40-60 40-60 40-60 >60 >60 10
Flood Very High Very High Very High High Very High Very High Very High Very High
Tornado Low Low Moderate Moderate Low Low Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Wildfire High Low Low Low Low Low Low Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 2 2 3 1 0 4 0 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2013)
Violent Crimes 100 23 74 85 101 25 77 41
Property Crimes 502 369 654 482 655 338 710 420
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 595 316 538 1,148 538 219 62 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 3,186 3,646 3,551 2,748 3,327 4,241 4,830 1,253
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