These Are The 10 Cities In Florida With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Florida with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Florida for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Sunshine State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Niceville(Jobs)
  2. Jacksonville Beach(Jobs)
  3. Atlantic Beach(Jobs)
  4. North Palm Beach(Jobs)
  5. Key Biscayne(Jobs)
  6. Satellite Beach(Jobs)
  7. Maitland(Jobs)
  8. Jupiter(Jobs)
  9. Miami Lakes(Jobs)
  10. Marco Island(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Niceville takes the cake as the place in Florida with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Florida that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Florida job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Florida With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Florida’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 162 places in Florida.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 162 with one being the “most employed city in Florida”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Niceville

Niceville, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,562
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Niceville comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.6 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,822
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Jacksonville Beach doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,840
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Atlantic Beach, earning the bronze medal with a score of 4.5 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. North Palm Beach

North Palm Beach, Florida

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Population: 12,272
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Following right behind in the number four slot is North Palm Beach. With a population of 12272 residents, North Palm Beach is a solid place to move in Florida if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,774
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Key Biscayne. Numbering around 12774 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.8%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Satellite Beach

Satellite Beach, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,262
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
The city of Satellite Beach is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Maitland

Maitland, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,273
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Maitland. With a unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Jupiter

Jupiter, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 57,625
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Coming in at #8, Jupiter has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Florida’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Miami Lakes

Population: 30,396
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Miami Lakes, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Marco Island

Population: 16,921
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Marco Island, Florida. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 162.

Marco Island’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Florida

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Florida with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Florida City
  2. Lauderdale Lakes
  3. Lake City

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Florida

City Rank Unemployment
Niceville 1 3.6%
Jacksonville Beach 2 4.5%
Atlantic Beach 3 4.5%
North Palm Beach 4 4.8%
Key Biscayne 5 4.8%
Satellite Beach 6 4.9%
Maitland 7 4.9%
Jupiter 8 5.0%
Miami Lakes 9 5.1%
Marco Island 10 5.1%
Miami Beach 11 5.1%
Palm Beach Gardens 12 5.2%
Panama City Beach 13 5.2%
Mount Dora 14 5.3%
Naples 15 5.4%
Parkland 16 5.7%
Coral Gables 17 5.7%
Palmetto 18 5.8%
Doral 19 5.8%
Winter Garden 20 5.9%
Lighthouse Point 21 5.9%
Sunny Isles Beach 22 6.0%
Pinecrest 23 6.0%
Destin 24 6.1%
Key West 25 6.1%
Winter Park 26 6.2%
Safety Harbor 27 6.2%
Royal Palm Beach 28 6.3%
Seminole 29 6.3%
New Smyrna Beach 30 6.4%
Port Orange 31 6.6%
Plantation 32 6.6%
Oviedo 33 6.7%
Dunedin 34 6.7%
Cooper City 35 6.9%
Wellington 36 7.0%
Aventura 37 7.2%
Pinellas Park 38 7.2%
Haines City 39 7.4%
Cutler Bay 40 7.5%
Weston 41 7.6%
Boca Raton 42 7.6%
St. Augustine 43 7.7%
Palmetto Bay 44 7.7%
Bonita Springs 45 7.7%
Cocoa Beach 46 7.7%
Davie 47 7.8%
Wilton Manors 48 7.8%
Lynn Haven 49 7.9%
Clearwater 50 8.0%
Miami Shores 51 8.1%
Hialeah Gardens 52 8.1%
Temple Terrace 53 8.1%
Debary 54 8.2%
Fort Walton Beach 55 8.2%
Tamarac 56 8.2%
Sunrise 57 8.4%
Pembroke Pines 58 8.5%
Ocoee 59 8.5%
Sweetwater 60 8.8%
Pensacola 61 8.9%
St. Petersburg 62 8.9%
Ormond Beach 63 8.9%
Miami Springs 64 8.9%
Orlando 65 9.0%
Apopka 66 9.0%
Gainesville 67 9.1%
North Port 68 9.2%
Clermont 69 9.2%
Palm Coast 70 9.3%
Altamonte Springs 71 9.4%
Edgewater 72 9.5%
Coral Springs 73 9.6%
Tavares 74 9.6%
Lake Mary 75 9.6%
Winter Springs 76 9.7%
West Palm Beach 77 9.7%
Coconut Creek 78 9.7%
Crestview 79 9.8%
Venice 80 9.9%
Vero Beach 81 9.9%
Bartow 82 9.9%
Deltona 83 9.9%
Bradenton 84 10.0%
Deland 85 10.0%
Gulfport 86 10.0%
Orange City 87 10.0%
Deerfield Beach 88 10.1%
Punta Gorda 89 10.2%
Melbourne 90 10.2%
Fernandina Beach 91 10.2%
Kissimmee 92 10.2%
Oldsmar 93 10.2%
Jacksonville 94 10.3%
Callaway 95 10.3%
Hollywood 96 10.3%
Sarasota 97 10.3%
West Melbourne 98 10.4%
Largo 99 10.4%
Tampa 100 10.6%
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