The 10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Florida – Cheapest Place is BAD

The 10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Florida – Cheapest Place is BAD

These are the places in Florida where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary
goes the furthest.
And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in Florida, then the cost of
living should play a role in the decision.
Here are the 10 Most Affordable Places to live in Florida for 2018:
1. Dunedin.
Dunedin is a city in Pinellas County.
Bikeable, walkable and just plain likeable, this is one of the safest towns in Florida
that’s close to both beaches and a major city.
A quick check showed there were still plenty of condos under $100,000, but the better single
family homes $200,000 were selling quickly.
A small town with good schools, low crime, low cost of living, average job prospects
near beaches and all the amenities you could want,
Dunedin is what most people move to Florida for, but never really find.
2. Tavares.
Tavares is a city located in the central portion of Florida.
It is the county seat of Lake County.
This is a great choice for affordable living in a very safe town with plenty of amenities.
It has an average household income of $40,000.
It’s close enough to do day trips to enjoy the theme parks in Orlando, and even the beaches
on Florida’s east coast, but not close enough to suffer from the drawbacks
of living there, as covered in the Florida Move Guide.
The area’s schools are slightly better than average for Florida and job prospects are
good too, and may improve the more you’re willing to commute.
3. Edgewater.
Edgewater is a city in Volusia County, situated along the Indian River, adjacent to the Mosquito
Lagoon.
The city had a population of 22,000.
This is a great choice if you’re moving to Florida for the beach, or you’re a NASCAR
fan.
Mostly quiet uncrowded beaches are just minutes away, and if you want more excitement, Daytona
Beach isn’t far either.
Edgewater is right off I-95 so trips north are convenient.
Affordable, very safe, good schools, average job prospects all add up to a town worth serious
consideration.
4. Fort Pierce.
Fort Pierce was ranked as the eighth-most affordable beach town.
Since 2016, the median home value has only risen by 0.56% and the cost of property taxes
for a typical resident has fallen by about 1.7%.
For homebuyers looking for beach homes in Fort Pierce, that's good news.
The average resident in Fort Pierce spends roughly $9,200 annually on housing costs,
according to data from the Census Bureau.
If you decide to stay in town year round, there are a number of activities that you
can take up, from surfing and deep sea fishing to riding
horses along the beach.
5. Niceville.
Niceville is different than most of the picks in this list because it’s a small town nowhere
near a larger Florida City.
It’s like a modern day Mayberry, if there were such a thing.
It is close to great beaches with warm clear water and a very laid back lifestyle.
There are lots of mom & pop restaurants, shops and tiki bars in the area.
It’s ideally suited for folks from rural areas and big cities refugees that really
want a slower pace of life.
Niceville is very affordable and has a very low crime rate.
The schools are great, job prospects are surprisingly good.
Located in Florida’s panhandle, its an easier trip home by car to states west of Florida
than the other towns on the list.
6. Gainesville.
The largest city in the Alachua County, it has a population of 132,000 as of 2017.
It harbors the famous University of Florida which has the nation’s ninth largest campus
by enrollment.
National Geographic declared Gainesville as one of the best places to live and play in
America, but was also declared as the 5th meanest city
in the United States by the National Coalition for the homeless.
7. Sebastian.
Sebastian also offers it’s residents a choice of some wonderful beaches to enjoy.
Many of these beaches aren’t on the radar of the tourist yet so the aren’t quite as
crowded during the winter.
While Sebastian is probably too far from Orlando for theme park visits accomplished all in
one day, this area is ideal for beach lovers and water-sport
enthusiast.
Nearby Sebastian, Inlet State Park is known for it’s surfing and fishing and natural
beaches.
Also in the area is the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge offering some of the best
bird-watching, fishing and sight seeing in the area.
Rentals in this area are in short supply so prices are higher than Florida’s average.
8. Coconut Creek.
Coconut Creek is a rare gem.
Located between the much more expensive cities of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton,
Coconut creek is just a short drive from some of the best beaches on the east coast of Florida.
It also offers easy access to major Southeast Florida employment, shopping and entertainment
centers.
Coconut Creek’s property and violent crime rate are lower than the national average.
If your Florida dream involves condo living where all the hard work is done for you, then
this town may be where your dream can come true, for less.
Single family homes will run you at least $100,000.
Rentals start around $950 a month.
9. Apalachicola.
Apalachicola is a much-loved small town in Franklin County.
If you're not worried about graduation rates or employment,
Apalachicola has a very low cost of living and housing, along with a very low crime rate.
Even if you don't move there, it's a great place to visit.
10. Port Orange.
Port Orange is the largest city on this list, at around 60,000 people.
The crime rate isn't as low as some of the smaller towns on this list, but it's still
lower than the average, and the violent crimes are 80% lower than
the rest of the state.
The cost of living is average, but the cost of housing is good for Florida.
It's only six miles from Daytona Beach, but has a much lower crime rate and some small-town
charm.