Best 30 Cities In Florida For Young Working People




The Sunshine State, another name for Florida, seems to appeal not only to tourists and retirees but also to young people.

Florida certainly has a lot to offer but its appeal to retirees is connected to the fact they don’t have to pay state income tax.

So, what about young adults and professionals who love Florida for its endless sun hours, tropical climate, theme parks (including Walt Disney World Resort), beaches, golf courses, and more?

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Which cities are a good place to live for millennials and young adults (under the age of 35) in Florida?

Factors We Considered

  • Population
  • Affordability
  • Unemployment rate
  • Percentage of young people
  • Average wage
  • Fun things to do
  • Crime rate

Best 30 Cities In Florida For Young Professionals

1. Orlando

  • POPULATION: 280,832
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $63K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 5.80%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 32%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $240K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.2K

We simply must start with this city in central Florida, known for its many theme parks, including Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. An abundance of things to do appeals to young adults, promising many fun activities outside of work. For the under-30s, it is a known hub for looking for work after graduating college. Orlando has many entry-level jobs available so young people do not have to stress about finding work here when they are fresh out of college and looking to start their careers.

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According to Niche, around 23% of Orlando’s population is aged between 25 and 34 years, while 9% are aged 18 to 24. Real estate prices range from under 100k dollars to just under 1 million dollars, so there is something for everyone’s budget. Likewise, Orlando doesn’t lack places to go out, such as bars and restaurants, which is important for networking among young adults.

The majority of people (around 65%) rent a place to live in Orlando, with a median rent of just under 1200 dollars. On the other hand, a median home value stands at 240k dollars.

2. Tampa

POPULATION: 387,916
AVERAGE SALARY: $66k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.1%
  • POPULATION: 387,916
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $66K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.1%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 28%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $239K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.1K

Situated along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa is a major business center. It is a notorious destination for nightlife and dining. For any young adult looking to have fun while educating themselves after work, it offers a lot of museums, including the Tampa Museum of Art. Around 23% of Tampa’s population holds at least a Bachelor’s degree, which is higher by 3% than the national average.

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Around 11% of its population is between 18 and 24 years old, while 17% is aged between 24 and 34. For anyone looking to buy a home in Tampa, prices range from around 100k dollars for townhomes and single-family homes. A median home value is estimated at just under 240k dollars, which is higher than the national median of around 217k dollars. Also, half of the population owns a home, while half rents a place to live, with an average rent of around 1100 dollars.

Tampa has a mixture of blue- and white-collar careers and offers enough career opportunities for the young workforce. Outside of work, Tampa offers easy access to beaches and provides millennials and other young people theatre nights, golf, boat tours, parks, and more.

3. Miami

POPULATION: 454,279
AVERAGE SALARY: $64k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.80%
  • POPULATION: 454,279
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $64K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.80%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 25%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $318K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.2K

The City Of Miami, one of the most desirable vacation spots, sits in the southeastern part of Florida. It is known for its Latin-American cultural influence and provides tourists and locals with plenty of pretty beaches and nightlife opportunities. For food lovers, there is a variety of Latin American food, such as empanadas. Miami is simply a melting pot of many different influences. For coffee lovers, the neighborhood of Little Havana is also a great way to spend time away from work.

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Around 42% of the Miami population is aged under 35 years, with 17% of them being between 25 and 34 years old. However, only 8% of the population is between 18 and 24 years old. As young working people value fun things to do outside of work, Miami is a great choice for a place to live. It never lacks outdoor activities available and art festivals, soccer matches, and outdoor dining.

The urban area dictates the fact that most people rent a place to live in Miami, around 7 in 10 of its residents (or 70%). The average rent is around 1180 dollars. The median home value in Miami is higher than the national by 100k dollars and amounts to 317k dollars. As for work opportunities, young people can find summer jobs, volunteer, and much more.

4. Miramar

POPULATION: 139,468
AVERAGE SALARY: $64k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.50%
  • POPULATION: 139,468
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $64K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.50%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 23%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $300K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.5K

Miramar is a city in the suburbs of Fort Lauderdale and is great for young working people who don’t prefer living in the suburbs. At the same time, it is close enough to both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, for a quick city escape. With an unemployment rate of just 5.5%, even young adults shouldn’t struggle with finding a job and advancing in their careers.

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As it is a suburban area, around 70% of the population owns a home, and the median value is set at around 300k dollars. Moreover, around 12% of the population has a master’s degree. People aged between 25 and 35 years old makeup for 14% of the overall population. Moreover, another positive thing is that the average household income stands at 70k dollars, which is over 7k higher than the national standard.

A popular activity outside of work includes the Young Art Museum, where young adults can even create art, and more. For lovers of spending time in nature, Miramar offers many parks and golf courses, including the Everglades Holiday Park, Oleta River State Park, Everglades National Park, and more. It is also in close vicinity of many beaches.

5. Tallahassee

POPULATION: 191,279
AVERAGE SALARY: $52k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 5.10%
  • POPULATION: 191,279
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $52K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 5.10%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 46%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $204K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1K

The state capital of Florida takes our fifth spot for best cities for young working people. History homes, museums, national historic landmarks, art galleries are just some of the things the city has to offer to its population and visitors. Depending on the neighborhood, home prices vary from around 160k dollars to over 500k dollars. With higher prices, it is no surprise that only 40% of the population owns a home. The majority of the people living there rent a place to live, with a median price of around 1000 dollars.

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However, education levels in Tallahassee are higher than the national standard, with 26% of the population holding at least a bachelor’s degree, while 22% also have a master’s degree. Almost half of the residents belong to the group of people that are between 18 and 34 years old, making it a really young city. An outstanding number of 29% of the population is made up of people aged between 18 and 24 years old!

Tallahassee is a city in Florida filled with young people and it offers them many activities outside of work. These include gardens, parks, and museums, including the Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, the Antique Car Museum, St. Marks Lighthouse, and more.

6. Jacksonville

POPULATION: 890,467
AVERAGE SALARY: $62k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.90%
  • POPULATION: 890,467
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $62K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.90%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 26%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $173K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.1K

The most populous city in Florida, Jacksonville, sits on the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean. While some areas of the city record a higher rate of crimes, there are plenty of neighborhoods and areas that are safe for living. Most residents own their own homes, while the median rent sits at around 1060 dollars. Also, half of the residents are under 35 years old, with 17% of those aged between 25 and 34.

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For young adults to buy a home in Jacksonville, they will have to prepare at least 100k dollars. As the unemployment rate is quite low, young professionals can count on starting and advancing in their careers in Jacksonville. As for the fun activities to do outside of work, there are many beaches, outdoor activities, as well as museums, memorials, and more. For lovers of beer, craft beers and breweries are also available.

The beaches include Ponte Verda and Atlantic Beach, but there are also possibilities of going to the Florida Theater, the Museum of Science and History, golf courses, and more. The soft sand and the warm weather also make for a perfect opportunity to kayak and surf.

7. Naples

POPULATION: 21,812
AVERAGE SALARY: $61k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 1.2%
  • POPULATION: 21,812
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $61K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.50%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 8%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $989K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.4K

A town on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples, is known for shopping and appealing to nature lovers with its many golf courses, beaches, and more. Unlike the above-listed cities, Naples is a much smaller town where almost 80% of the residents own homes. Moreover, these homes average a high value of almost one million dollars, while rent is a bit more expensive, around 1350 dollars.

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A high percentage of its residents are over 65 years old. However, there are plenty of chances for young people, thanks to the really low unemployment rate. Compared to the other cities on the list, Naples is also quite safe, with lower crime rates. After work, young professionals can relax while playing golf, as well as shopping.

With beaches and parks, hiking is accessible to anyone living in Naples. Beaches are also available, as well as Naples Zoo, Naples Botanical Garden, and more. Resorts, white sandy beaches, dolphin-spotting, and many other activities are what young adults can enjoy once they finish work.

8. Oviedo

POPULATION: 40,370
AVERAGE SALARY: $61k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.9%
  • POPULATION: 40,370
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $61K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.90%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 20%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $289K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.6K

With a really low unemployment rate, Oviedo is a great choice for young adults who prefer to live in smaller communities. Its population has been growing in the past 20 years and it has a high percentage of educated individuals. An outstanding number of 30% of Oviedo’s residents have at least a bachelor’s degree. Oveido is also a safe city with crime rates below average.

Oviedo
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Close to Orlando, Oviedo offers a rural feel to its residents and visitors. Around 20% of the population is between 18 and 34 years old. It offers great employment opportunities for young professionals, who can even commute to Orlando for work, fun, and more. Another impressive fact for Oviedo is that it has a median household income of 30k dollars higher than the national standard!

Home prices vary from around 300 to 500k dollars, and around three-quarters of the population own their homes, with a median value of 290k dollars. As it is a small town off the coast, Oviedo does not offer too many great activities. However, there are many great and small lakes nearby for spending time outdoor. Finally, it also allows easy and fast access to Orlando where young professionals can enjoy many fun things to do.

9. Marco Island

POPULATION: 17,834
AVERAGE SALARY: $69k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.7%
  • POPULATION: 17,834
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $69K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.70%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 7%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $679K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.6K

With a small population, Marco Island is located south of the town of Naples in Florida. This barrier island is famous for resorts, golf courses, beaches, and marinas. Kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming are only some of the activities connected to life on the coast. The island is connected to mainland Florida by a bridge and is a great choice for young professionals who want to live in smaller communities.

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As the majority of the population makes up people over the age of 65, it is no surprise that around 88% of all the residents own their homes on this island. However, homes are more expensive to buy here, but with the low unemployment rate and an average household income of 86k dollars, it is not impossible to invest in one.

As so many of the island’s residents are older people, young people should come in to make a future for this unique town. After work, young professionals can relax in many coffee shops, restaurants, and parks. Sailing, whale watching, cruising, and golfing are also available.

10. Gainesville

POPULATION: 132,127
AVERAGE SALARY: $58k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.9%
  • POPULATION: 132,127
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $58K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.90%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 51%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $162K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $950

A city in northern Florida, Gainesville, is a really young city based on the age of its residents. An outstanding one-third of its population (33%) is between 18 and 25 years old. Another 18% of the population make up young adults between 25 and 34 years of age. Moreover, one-fifth of Gainesville’s people have a master’s degree.

Gainesville
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As Gainesville is young in population, it doesn’t surprise that the majority of them rent a place to live with an average rent of around 950 dollars. Moreover, Gainesville is home to the University of Florida so it has a lot of student population. To buy a home, they will have to pay between 160 and 500k dollars, depending on the area they choose in the city.

The unemployment rate is quite low for this city so there are enough opportunities for young people to settle down after college and start their professional careers. After work, outdoor activities include going to gardens, such as the Butterfly Rainforest, Botanical Gardens, Carsons Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, and Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park.

11. Ocoee

POPULATION: 46,305
AVERAGE SALARY: $60k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.8%
  • POPULATION: 46,305
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $60K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.80%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 23%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $242K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.4K

In the suburbs of Orlando in Orange County, Ocoee is a place where around 80% of the population owns their own homes. What is even more interesting, is that this suburban area has 8% of young adults from 18 to 24 years old, while over 65’s make up for 9% of the population. Also, 15% of the population is aged between 25 and 34. Finally, one-quarter of the residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

Ocoee
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To buy a home, Ocoee residents will have to cash out at least 250k dollars, while rent will cost them around 1400 dollars. Ocoee is close to Orlando, so young professionals can explore their career opportunities both in Ocoee and in Orlando. The proximity to Orlando will also give many options for things young adults can do outside of work.

Another great opportunity for young adults who don’t mind living in the suburban Ocoee is that its average household income is by 13k dollars higher than the national standard, amounting to 75k dollars. After work, young adults can visit Lake Apopka, Forest Lake Golf Club, the Crooked Can Brewing Company, or simply go into Orlando for what it has to offer.

12. St. Petersburg

POPULATION: 261,338
AVERAGE SALARY: $57k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.2%
  • POPULATION: 261,338
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $57K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.20%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 23%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $205K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.1K

With over a quarter-million residents, Saint Petersburg is part of the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s gulf coast. Young adults aged between 18 and 35 make up for 23% of the population to counter for 19% of residents aged 65 and more. Likewise, 23% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree, making this a city of higher education than the national average.

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The majority of St. Petersburg’s population owns a home with an average value of around 205k dollars. However, homes can be bought for even around 150k dollars and more. To rent a place, costs around 1100 dollars on average, which is higher than the national average.

The unemployment rate is low and there are many opportunities for young adults and young families to find their place in St. Petersburg in the Sunshine State. As it is located on the coast, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy days off on the beach, swimming, boating, and more. For anyone interested in culture and art, The Dalí is definitely a place to go. The museum is dedicated to the surreal art of Salvador Dalí.

13. Winter Springs

POPULATION: 36,342
AVERAGE SALARY: $65k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.7%
  • POPULATION: 36,342
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $65K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.70%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 26%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $247K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.3K

Winter Springs is a suburban town close to Orlando and is around 70 miles away from the coast and beaches. This way, it is close to both the beaches for relaxation and to Orlando for other opportunities. With the suburban feel, the majority of the population owns a home, while 23% rent with a median rent of around 1260 dollars. Depending on the area, homes can be bought for prices of 250k dollars onwards.

Winter Springs
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One-fifth of the population consists of young adults aged between 18 and 34 years old, while 30% of the whole population holds at least a bachelor’s degree. The low unemployment rate holds enough promise for young professionals who want to start their careers in Winter Springs. Another advantage of living in Winter Springs is that it has lower crime rates.

After work, young professionals can stay low while doing local activities in the town, or travel to Walt Disney World or the beaches, as they are both close to Winter Springs. For other activities, Orlando is also nearby.

14. Delray Beach

POPULATION: 68,217
AVERAGE SALARY: $61k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.9%
  • POPULATION: 68,217
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $61K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.90%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 22%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $280K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.6K

A small city on the southeast coast of Florida, Delray Beach, is located north of Fort Lauderdale. It is known for its beaches, clear waters, culture, and art galleries. Around 60% of the population owns a home in Delray Beach with an average value of 280k dollars. To buy a home, it will cost young working people at least around 300k dollars.

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Around one-fifth of the population consists of young people aged between 18 and 34, while 24% hold a bachelor’s degree. If young professionals want to live in the suburbs, Delray Beach is a good place to choose. It is ideal for anyone who loves to live on the coast and enjoy the sunny weather.

Besides swimming and sunbathing, Delray Beach’s young adults can also visit the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, where they can watch birds, alligators, and turtles. Japanese gardens are also available for relaxation. For delicious food, there are beach restaurants, as well.  For more activities, it also won’t take them long to visit Boca Raton or Boynton Beach.

15. Fort Lauderdale

POPULATION: 180,124
AVERAGE SALARY: $67k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.6%
  • POPULATION: 180,124
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $67K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.60%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 23%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $334K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.3K

The Venice of America, as Fort Lauderdale is commonly called, is notorious for its boating canals, as well as famous beaches. Most residents own their homes, while 47% pay rent averaging just below 1300 dollars. Moreover, 17% of the population consists of people that are 25 to 34 years old. Similarly, 6% of the population is aged between 18 and 24. For comparison, Fort Lauderdale’s 18% of the population is older than 65.

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As the unemployment rate is below 5%, there should be enough opportunities for young professionals to start their careers. However, one downside to settling in Fort Lauderdale is the crime rate. Beachside offers a lot of opportunities for a fun night out, as well as dining on the coast. Besides dining, there are also endless coffee shops and bars.

Fort Lauderdale Beach is a great choice for having fun in the sun, with opportunities for flyboarding, and enjoying many watersports. For lovers of seafood, there are many great restaurants to try out. By living and working in Fort Lauderdale, young people have the chance to grow in their careers, as well as to relax after work in this amazing city.

16. Kissimmee

POPULATION: 71,185
AVERAGE SALARY: $52k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.5%
  • POPULATION: 71,185
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $52K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.50%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 27%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $173K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.1K

Situated south of Orlando, Kissimmee is a town with a lot of parks and dense suburban neighborhoods. Surprisingly, more people rent than own houses in this town near Orlando. House prices start at around 250k dollars, depending on the neighborhood. The majority of the population is younger than 35, so it doesn’t surprise that so many are still renting their homes.

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The unemployment rate is not high, and living costs, as well. It is a great choice for young professionals who don’t mind enjoying a night out, as well as spending some time outdoors. It is also close to some attractions that are famous all over the world. These include theme parks, such as Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World. For true adventurists, Kissimmee also offers the chance to try out a zip line, or take in the beauty of exotic flora.

17. Winter Park

POPULATION: 30,522
AVERAGE SALARY: $56k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.5%
  • POPULATION: 30,522
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $56K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.50%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 22%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $448K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.3K

Winter Park is a suburb of Orlando, situated north of this city in Florida. It is a great choice for living and starting a career, as average household income is above the national average, and the unemployment rate is quite low. Also, 9% of all residents are aged 18 to 24, while residents aged 25 to 34 make up for 12% of the population.

Winter Park
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Most people in Winter Park own homes which value is much higher than the national standard. When buying a home, young professionals will need to invest at least over 250k dollars. However, with the low unemployment rates and high incomes, it is not impossible to own a home in Winter Park.

Winter Park is a great place for all outdoor enthusiasts, with many parks. Lake Osceola, as well as Central Park with leafy trees, are very popular among the residents. Moreover, young professionals can take mountain bike tours once they are finished with work to relax. For sunset lovers, there is a possibility of kayaking into the sunset through the Winter Park lakes.

18. Boca Raton

POPULATION: 97,468
AVERAGE SALARY: $66k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.5%
  • POPULATION: 97,468
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $66K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.50%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 19%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $459K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.8K

Boca Raton is situated just south of Delray Beach, on the southeastern coast of Florida. Also, it is recognized for its beaches and golf courses. There are also parks, restaurants, and coffee shops, where young professionals can unwind after a long day or week of work. Most of the population owns a home in Boca Raton, while just under 30% of them rent a place to live.

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Young adults between 18 and 35 years old makeup for 19% of the population. Moreover, an outstanding 32% of the residents hold a bachelor’s degree, while 23% also have a master’s degree or higher. For comparison, national standards are 20% and 12% respectively.

After work, young professionals have an abundance of possibilities to spend their time relaxing and having fun. For example, they can visit turtles at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, see the Red Reef Park, and enjoy the beaches during warm and long summer days. Moreover, they can enjoy playing golf or looking at art in galleries. Sports lovers can also visit the Sports Immortals Museum with memorabilia of many baseball teams.

19. West Palm Beach

POPULATION: 109,767
AVERAGE SALARY: $62k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.9%
  • POPULATION: 109,767
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $62K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.90%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 25%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $252K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.3K

West Palm Beach is a city in South Florida, with many options for drinking, enjoying the nightlife, eating, and summer activities on beaches. It is a place where one-quarter of the population is no younger than 18 and no older than 34. Also, 14% of the population has a master’s degree or higher education. In comparison, 19% of the residents are older than 65.

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In West Palm Beach, around 51% of residents rent a place to live with an average cost of 1303 dollars. On the other hand, the average value of owned homes is set at around 250k dollars. Unlike the other cities in this list, West Palm Beach has a bit higher unemployment rate, but it is still under 5%.

After work, young professionals have a vast array of activities to engage in, such as playing golf or watching endangered animal species in the Lion Country Safari. For a different kind of unwinding, young working people can also spend the day shopping. Also, museums, such as the Norton Museum, are always waiting for visitors. Finally, they could just do nothing and chill on the beach all day long.

20. Navarre

POPULATION: 37,362
AVERAGE SALARY: $63k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.5%
  • POPULATION: 37,362
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $63K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.50%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 21%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $236K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.4K

Navarre is located in Santa Rosa County in northwest Florida. Over 80% of people in Navarre own home, while 19% still rent a place to live. Currently, homes are selling for 280k dollars and more in Navarre, while the average value of owned homes stands at around 235k dollars.

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With a population of just over 37 thousand, 21% of the residents are aged between 18 and 34. On the other hand, 13% of the population is at least 65 years old. A median household income in Navarre is over 78k dollars and employment is high. This makes it a good place for young professionals who want to live away from urban areas.

Once work is done for the week, young people can enjoy their time at the beach, watch turtles, enjoy food in restaurants, and more. They can also fish, play sports on the beach, hunt for seashells, and other things on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

21. Palm Beach Gardens

POPULATION: 56,219
AVERAGE SALARY: $68k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 1.4%
  • POPULATION: 56,219
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $68K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 1.40%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 16%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $379K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.7K

Seventy-seven miles north of Miami, Palm Beach Gardens is a northern suburb of Fort Lauderdale. While 30% of the population is aged over 65 years old, 16% of it is also younger than 35 and older than 18. Moreover, 31% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree, while 22% also hold a master’s degree or more.

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Around three-quarters of Palm Beach Gardens residents own a home with an average value of 378k dollars. Homes can be very expensive in this Fort Lauderdale suburb, but they are also available starting at prices of around 250k dollars. Palm Beach Gardens also have a median household income of almost 88k dollars.

With an unemployment rate as low as 1.4%, young professionals have a chance to find work here without a lot of problems. For anyone who enjoys a game of golf, Palm Beach Gardens is the headquarters of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Each year, residents and visitors can enjoy watching professional golfers in action. It is also a plus that Palm Beach Gardens are so close to the beaches.

22. Coconut Creek

POPULATION: 60,490
AVERAGE SALARY: $56k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.2%
  • POPULATION: 60,490
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $56K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.20%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 21%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $193K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: 1.7K

A city located north of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Creek is close to many beaches and offers easy access to bigger cities. Its population has grown in the last decade and now it has 8% of young adults aged 18 to 24, and 13% aged between 25 and 34. Most of its residents own a home, while 35% of them still rent a place to live.

Coconut Creek
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The low unemployment rate promises young professionals a higher chance of starting their career right while living in a smaller city that is a part of a larger metropolitan area connected with Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Moreover, Coconut Creek residents are educated, with 24% of them holding a bachelor’s degree.

For young professionals, there are plenty of opportunities for fun outside of work. They can golf in a golf club, taste beer in the World of Beer, shop in a mall, and more. Also, they are close to the Atlantic coast, where they can enjoy a day on the beach. For other outdoor activities, they can visit parks and spend time in nature. For further relaxation, there are also plenty of restaurants and bars.

23. Lakeland

POPULATION: 107,922
AVERAGE SALARY: $56k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.7%
  • POPULATION: 107,922
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $56K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.70%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 24%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $150K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1K

East of Tampa, the city of Lakeland is known for its scattered smaller and larger lakes. The largest lake in Lakeland is Lake Parker. Besides its interesting geography, the city is also promising for young professionals, as there are more people aged 18 to 34 (24%) than there are people aged over 65 (22%). Moreover, 29% of the population hold at least some education degree, while there are only 9% of those with a master’s degree or higher.

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Lakeland is a densely populated city with a suburban feel, where the majority of the population owns a home. Moreover, homes are not too expensive, and their median value is around 150k dollars. Lakeland has both neighborhoods that are safer and less safe to live in, so that also adds to the price of homes.

This city is also known for the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Safari Wilderness, and alligators emerging from the lakes. Besides the lakes, young professionals can enjoy fresh air in the many public parks. For example, lake Mirror is a great place to go for a walk along the promenade and the Hollis Garden. Lakeland is also recognized for its antique shops and architecture from the early 20th century.

24. Doral

POPULATION: 59,972
AVERAGE SALARY: $58k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.4%
  • POPULATION: 59,972
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $58k
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.40%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 22%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $395K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $2K

West of the City of Miami, Doral is a suburban city mixed with urban elements. More than half of Doral’s residents rent their homes, with an average rent of just under 2000 dollars. On the other hand, 48% of them own a home with an average value of whopping 400k dollars. The market offers houses listed for the price of over 400k dollars to even around 2 million dollars.

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This suburb is great for young professionals who don’t necessarily want to live in big cities but still want to be close to them. Doral is around 13 miles away from downtown Miami by car, making it close to them for adventures and working opportunities. Another interesting thing about Doral is that only 7% of its residents are aged over 65 years. In comparison, 8% of the population is older than 18 and younger than 25, while 14% is aged between 25 and 34.

Doral is a safe suburban Miami area, hosting many of the workers from Miami. It does not lack restaurants, coffee shops, and parks for enjoyment and relaxation. On the other hand, it is also close to Miami for other colorful opportunities it has to offer to young professionals.

25. Cutler Bay

POPULATION: 44,222
AVERAGE SALARY: $59k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.9%
  • POPULATION: 44,222
  • MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME:: $72K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.90%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 20%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $287K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.6K

Cutler Bay is a town in the southern suburbs of Miami with a low unemployment rate. Around 68% of Cutler Bay’s residents own a home with an average value of 287k dollars. It is a densely populated suburban area with an unemployment rate of under 3%. House prices start at around 380k dollars up to 650k dollars, depending on the area.

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The demographics of Cutler Bay show that the median age is 37.3 years. Moreover, there are around 14% of young kids under the age of 10. Also, 7% of the population is over 18 and under 25 years old. The demographic group from the age of 25 to the age of 34 makes up for 13% of the residents.

For any young professional who wants to exclude themselves from the bustling streets of Miami, while still staying close enough to it for some fun, Cutler Bay is a great choice. It offers a lot of parks for outdoor recreation while engaging in some other fun activities will include visiting Miami and other cities close by.

26. Boynton Beach

POPULATION: 76,832
AVERAGE SALARY: $57k
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.8%
  • POPULATION: 76,832
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $57K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.80%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 23%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $208K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.5K

A city in Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach lies on the Atlantic coast of Florida. It is a suburb area of Fort Lauderdale where 60% of the residents own a home with a median value of around 207k dollars. Depending on the area inside the city, young professionals will have to cash out between 120k and 1.6 million dollars for a house.

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Around 15% of the residents are in the age group from 25 to 34, while 8% of them are older than 18 and younger than 25. In the last 10 years, the population grew by around 10 thousand inhabitants. Also, 20% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree, in line with the national standard.

Boynton Beach is situated south of West Palm Beach and offers beaches, fresh farmer markets, nature parks, and more. As it is not far from Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach residents can also seek to have fun there.

27. Parkland

POPULATION: 76,832
AVERAGE SALARY: $59K
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.2%
  • POPULATION: 76,832
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $59K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.20%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 11%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $612K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $2.4K

Another suburban Fort Lauderdale area, Parkland is one of the best places to live in Florida for anyone who likes a rural feel. Over 80% of the residents own their homes, and the median home value is higher than 611k dollars (compared to the national average of 217k dollars). As this is a rich area, Parkland residents will have to pay at least 550k dollars to buy a home.

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Parkland’s residents include 18% of people aged 10 to 17, 6% aged 18 to 24, and 5% aged 25 to 34. Also, 32% of the people hold a bachelor’s degree, while 30% hold a master’s degree or even higher degree. Its residents are active outdoors, many of them playing golf and tennis, walking in parks, or drinking coffee.

To get to the beach, young professionals will have to drive for about 27 miles to enjoy a day sunbathing and other sea adventures in Boynton Beach. To enjoy activities in Miami, they will have to drive for 37 miles. Moreover, young professionals can enjoy bike rides and walk in its many pristine parks.

28. Miami Beach

POPULATION: 90,108
AVERAGE SALARY: $62K
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.6%
  • POPULATION: 90,108
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $62K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.60%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 23%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $459K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1.4K

Miami Beach is an island city in South Florida and is connected to mainland Miami by many bridges. On this island with many beaches stretching from north to south, most people rent a place to live (63% of them). Most homes are listed for the price of over a million dollars and more. However, in some areas, they can be bought for under 370k dollars.

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Out of the whole Miami Beach population, 17% are aged between 25 and 34 years, while there is also 6% of 18 to 24-year-olds. The low unemployment rate of under 3% gives young professionals enough opportunities to find work, either in Miami Beach or the City of Miami. However, Miami Beach is not the safest place to live.

Miami Beach is known for its beaches, especially South Beach, which is a popular place for models and celebrities. The nightlife is great and there are various options for young adults when they want to have a fun night out. This island city is also a home for many celebrities. When not working, young professionals are sure to relax on the popular sandy beaches in the sun.

29. Sarasota

POPULATION: 56,919
AVERAGE SALARY: $59K
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 2.3%
  • POPULATION: 56,919
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $63K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 5.80%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 22%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $268K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: 1.1K

Sarasota is a town south of Tampa on the Gulf Coast and has just under 57 thousand residents. Most of the population owns their own home, while 42% rent a place to live. Out of the listed homes in Sarasota, the cheapest ones can be bought for around 220k dollars, while the expensive ones go even over 1 million dollars.

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Although Sarasota has 27% of residents who are over the age of 65, 22% of the population is also older than 18 and younger than 34. Moreover, 21% of the population has a bachelor’s degree, while 15% hold a master’s degree or higher. Sarasota is a good choice for young working people who like the mix of urban and suburban life. It is a plus that the unemployment rate is lower than 2.5%.

Parks and beaches are at the disposal of Sarasota’s residents for relaxation and unwinding. The town also offers golf courses and botanical gardens. For young working people who enjoy cultural events, Sarasota is also a good choice with its historic landmarks. Restaurants with excellent food are also available.

30. Plant City

POPULATION: 39,012
AVERAGE SALARY: $58K
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.4%
  • POPULATION: 39,012
  • AVERAGE SALARY: $58K
  • UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3.40%
  • POPULATION AGE 18-34: 22%
  • MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $169K
  • MEDIAN HOME RENT: $1K

The last city on our list is Plant City, situated west of Tampa and east of Lakeland. The small town is sparsely suburban, where almost 60% of the population owning a place to live. For the 41% who rent a home, the average cost is under 1000 dollars. Homes can be bought for the price of 100k dollars onwards.

Plant City
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Plant City is a quite young city, with 47% of the population being younger than 35. Out of that 47%, 8% make up for the people aged 18 to 24, while those aged 25 to 34 make up for 14% of the overall population. Education levels for Plant City, on the other hand, are mostly below the national standard.

After work, young professionals can visit the Dinosaur World, enjoy parks, taste strawberries in the Florida Strawberry Festival, drink beer, visit the farm market, and more. They can also visit parks, swamps, and other outdoor places to lead a physically active life while also keeping their minds fresh.

How We Did It

To evaluate the best cities in Florida for young working people, we used the sources listed below to get the statistics for this article. Moreover, the statistics were taken from those websites in May 2021. These statistics include the cities’ population, unemployment rates, house prices, average salaries, median home values, median home rents, percentage of highly educated residents, places to visit, and fun things to do.

Final Verdict

This list of the best cities in Florida for young working people includes both large and small cities, as well as suburban towns. We have chosen places that mostly have a good percentage of young professionals when compared to other places in Florida. Based on their own preferences, there is something for everyone aged 18 to 34. Some will prefer to live on the coast, while some won’t mind living more central.

SOURCES USED:
  • https://www.niche.com/?ref=places-to-live
  • https://www.payscale.com/
  • https://ycharts.com/
  • https://www.tripadvisor.com/
  • https://www.realtor.com/




Mateja
Mateja is a journalist with a Master’s degree. After graduating in 2019, she started writing copies for various websites before she joined the OfficeNeedle team in 2021. So far, she has built relationships with industry leaders and experts in the field that help her focus on writing useful tips for businesses. She enjoys writing informative pieces and doing research on businesses, as well as conducting surveys. She hopes her tips and other types of posts can help you kickstart your own business and stay alert to better adapt to any changes in the field.