Which are the safest cities in Florida? If you are considering moving to the Sunshine Estate, it is important to read this article. We have already written on this blog about the various reasons for moving to Florida or buying Florida Real Estate as a second home. There are plenty of reasons! Every year the Sunshine State attracts thousands of Americans, mostly from the north. The pleasant climate and the beautiful beaches are not the only reasons. Florida also offers many tax advantages, such as a lack of state tax. Millionaires from states like NY have realized the huge tax savings they can have. In this article we bring another focus: safety! What are the safest cities in Florida?
Some of the safest cities belong to Miami-Dade County or suburban areas of Miami, with emphasis on Key Biscayne Island and the suburban city of Weston, which is gaining prominence in the region. In this article we list only the Top 10 safest ones, however, it is worth mentioning that Sunny Isles Beach, Doral and Coral Gables, all in the vicinity of Miami, are also on the list of the Top 50 safest in Florida. Sunny Isles occupies 19 position, Doral took 44 and Coral Gables 46.
Winter Springs and Oviedo, listed below, are two small enchanting communities nearby Orlando, in Central Florida. Cities nearby Orlando offer excellent quality of life, with good schools and attractive median real estate prices.
The list of the safest cities in Florida has been compiled by the Safewise website. The full list of the Top 50 can be accessed by clicking here, where you can also learn more about the criteria used to build the ranking.
Below the list of the 10 safest cities in Florida:
1 – Marco Island
Marco Island is a very safe community that belongs to the Gulf Coast. The island is very close to Naples and has an extremely low crime rate. Marco island is also a popular tourist destination due to its white sand beaches and several resorts.
2 – Weston
The city of Weston is a planned condominium, very close to Miami, designed by a Disney Group company. It is considered one of the best cities to live in the United States, according to the renowned Money Magazine.
Weston is considered one of the safest cities, not only in Florida, but in the entire United States. The security company SafeHome gave the community the third position in the ranking of the safest cities in the country, also placing it at the top of the list among the safest cities in Florida. In the Safewise ranking, where we based our information to build this article, Weston is in the second position for the year 2020. This does not mean, however, that the city is less safe now. Each magazine and institute uses different criteria which can give the same location slightly different positions in each ranking.
Weston is considered one of the best neighborhoods to live near Miami.
3 – Key Biscayne – one of the safest cities in Florida
Key Biscayne is a small island town east of Miami in Miami-Dade County. In addition to occupying the second position in the ranking of the safest cities in Florida, the island is also considered the best city to live in the state. The island benefits from other indicators related to high quality of life, besides low crime, such as low unemployment and high average income of its residents.
4 – Parkland
Parkland sits within a short drive from the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine State. Recently, the small and peaceful community of Parklant made headlines worldwide because of the tragedy that occurred in February 2018, where one of the students shot several people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and 17 people died. Despite being a horrible event, mass shootings are considered atypical events, and are not indicative of the general safety of a location. Parkland continues to have very low crime rates compared statewide levels.
5 – North Palm Beach – another safe city near Miami
North Palm Beach is just 1 hour drive from Miami and is famous for its elegant and luxurious lifestyle, with beautiful beaches and golf courses.
6 – Winter Springs – nearby Orlando
Winter Springs is a small community in central Florida, very close to Orlando (20 minutes by car), belonging to Seminole County. Like many other cities around Orlando, Winter Springs offers excellent quality of life. With just over 30,000 residents, Winter Springs has one of the lowest crime rates in Florida.
7 – Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie is a city on the east coast of Florida, equidistant from Miami and Orlando, approximately an little more than an hour’s drive from each of these two cities. The city is famous for its beautiful deserted beaches, parks and reserves. The city is also famous for sport fishing and golf courses.
8 – Lynn Haven
Lynn Haen is a small town located just north of Panama City in west Florida’s Bay County. Its population is aproximately 20.000 residents. The city was incorporated in 1914 and officially recognized as a city in 1927. The place is very safe, with low crime rates, and offers many cultural and historical attractions. However, most tourists visit Lunn Haven for the beaches.
9 – Oviedo – safe city nearby Orlando
The city of Oviedo is next to Winter Springs and close to Orlando (only 20 miles away). The historic town is famous for the chickens that still roam freely the historic center of the city. Both Winter Springs and Oviedo are on the shores of beautiful Lake Jesup and still maintain a rural and peaceful atmosphere, with low crime rates and, at the same time, close to the main attractions of central Florida.
10 – Sebastian
Sebastian is also a city on the east coast of Florida, belonging to the Indian River County, and is only 1h 30 drive from Orlando. It is between Vero Beach and Melbourne, along the Indian River Lagoon. The city is home to the Sebastian Inlet, Florida’s famous fishing and surfing spot. With a natural richness of tropical envy, the city is perfect for those who want contact with nature, outdoor activities or enjoy and relax on its beautiful beaches. In addition, it offers one of the lowest crime rates in Florida.
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