These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Florida

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Florida have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Florida places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Lakeland Highlands, the happiest place in Florida.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Sunshine State”:

  1. Lakeland Highlands
  2. The Villages
  3. Trinity
  4. Parkland
  5. Fruit Cove
  6. Keystone
  7. Palm City
  8. Palm Valley
  9. Gonzalez
  10. Viera East
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Sunshine State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 316 places in Florida with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 316 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Florida”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Florida ranked. Our apologies to Conway which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Lakeland Highlands


Population: 11,649 People Who Own Their Home: 79.0%
Married Adults: 58.3%

2. The Villages

The Villages, Florida

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Population: 61,046 People Who Own Their Home: 79.1%
Married Adults: 78.6%

3. Trinity

Trinity, Florida

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Population: 10,550 People Who Own Their Home: 83.7%
Married Adults: 68.1%

4. Parkland

Parkland, Florida

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Population: 25,895 People Who Own Their Home: 79.0%
Married Adults: 62.1%

5. Fruit Cove


Population: 30,770 People Who Own Their Home: 81.2%
Married Adults: 60.9%

6. Keystone


Population: 22,678 People Who Own Their Home: 80.7%
Married Adults: 68.4%

7. Palm City

Palm City, Florida

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Population: 23,380 People Who Own Their Home: 70.5%
Married Adults: 60.6%

8. Palm Valley

Palm Valley, Florida

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Population: 20,888 People Who Own Their Home: 66.9%
Married Adults: 56.0%

9. Gonzalez


Population: 13,936 People Who Own Their Home: 75.5%
Married Adults: 59.1%

10. Viera East


Population: 10,998 People Who Own Their Home: 75.9%
Married Adults: 57.7%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Florida

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Lakeland Highlands 1 11,649 79.0% 58.3%
The Villages 2 61,046 79.1% 78.6%
Trinity 3 10,550 83.7% 68.1%
Parkland 4 25,895 79.0% 62.1%
Fruit Cove 5 30,770 81.2% 60.9%
Keystone 6 22,678 80.7% 68.4%
Palm City 7 23,380 70.5% 60.6%
Palm Valley 8 20,888 66.9% 56.0%
Gonzalez 9 13,936 75.5% 59.1%
Viera East 10 10,998 75.9% 57.7%
Conway 11 15,382 72.6% 55.9%
Lighthouse Point 12 10,693 63.2% 58.6%
Palm Beach Gardens 13 50,147 57.1% 51.6%
Marco Island 14 16,921 37.5% 68.1%
North Palm Beach 15 12,272 57.5% 49.9%
Cooper City 16 32,058 82.5% 54.8%
Pinecrest 17 18,914 71.6% 57.4%
Fish Hawk 18 15,823 78.5% 67.8%
Key Biscayne 19 12,774 44.4% 64.3%
Pace 20 21,272 75.7% 62.5%
Satellite Beach 21 10,262 62.9% 57.1%
World Golf Village 22 13,326 68.9% 64.4%
Jupiter 23 57,625 57.1% 54.2%
Doctor Phillips 24 12,028 65.7% 56.1%
Lynn Haven 25 19,049 57.9% 54.8%
Naples 26 20,214 43.1% 61.9%
Estero 27 22,649 46.0% 68.5%
Gateway 28 8,226 58.7% 56.9%
Safety Harbor 29 17,017 71.0% 53.4%
Lake Mary 30 14,605 67.7% 56.2%
Odessa 31 7,348 71.7% 54.5%
Niceville 32 13,562 63.9% 55.5%
Valrico 33 36,603 77.7% 61.2%
Jupiter Farms 34 11,803 82.4% 60.1%
Horizon West 35 17,222 59.0% 60.3%
Fleming Island 36 29,656 74.3% 59.1%
Wellington 37 59,022 65.6% 58.8%
Lutz 38 20,184 76.5% 56.8%
Fruitville 39 13,462 60.0% 50.0%
Valparaiso 40 5,109 56.2% 39.1%
Bellview 41 22,759 62.2% 49.9%
East Lake 42 32,335 69.5% 59.2%
Laurel 43 8,888 59.9% 52.5%
Oviedo 44 35,602 70.6% 53.8%
Wekiwa Springs 45 23,813 70.1% 50.7%
Westchase 46 22,897 56.2% 59.3%
Port Orange 47 57,218 63.0% 50.9%
Sunset 48 17,097 80.2% 53.9%
Iona 49 13,549 38.2% 60.1%
Maitland 50 16,273 49.3% 46.9%
Land O’ Lakes 51 33,112 70.8% 55.0%
Palm Harbor 52 59,007 61.8% 51.1%
Winter Garden 53 36,826 64.0% 57.9%
Coral Gables 54 49,319 54.8% 48.8%
Palmetto Bay 55 24,214 77.6% 54.8%
Wesley Chapel 56 46,935 64.6% 57.1%
Bloomingdale 57 22,879 72.0% 56.7%
Weston 58 67,567 60.5% 60.4%
Oakleaf Plantation 59 22,318 69.9% 59.6%
Yulee 60 11,609 69.7% 55.2%
West Melbourne 61 19,208 60.4% 49.2%
Lakewood Park 62 11,304 66.3% 53.6%
Atlantic Beach 63 12,840 53.5% 48.0%
Apollo Beach 64 15,648 68.1% 62.5%
Sun City Center 65 20,042 67.5% 59.3%
Rockledge 66 25,477 69.1% 52.9%
Boca Raton 67 88,187 54.9% 49.0%
Royal Palm Beach 68 35,482 70.7% 51.3%
Seminole 69 17,477 61.5% 49.8%
Upper Grand Lagoon 70 14,917 48.5% 54.5%
Jacksonville Beach 71 21,822 51.5% 43.0%
Newberry 72 5,185 68.3% 51.8%
Navarre 73 32,586 59.8% 55.4%
Ormond Beach 74 38,502 62.3% 51.6%
DeBary 75 19,404 76.1% 53.1%
Carrollwood 76 34,254 62.1% 48.8%
Punta Gorda 77 16,984 57.2% 62.1%
Hunters Creek 78 21,064 41.9% 55.1%
The Acreage 79 37,773 78.8% 55.2%
Wildwood 80 6,782 63.3% 58.7%
Winter Park 81 28,771 55.2% 44.7%
South Venice 82 14,637 61.8% 52.9%
Country Walk 83 17,156 86.0% 52.7%
Riverview 84 76,590 64.1% 54.1%
Sarasota Springs 85 15,659 69.8% 46.5%
Northdale 86 22,587 62.8% 50.1%
New Smyrna Beach 87 22,993 43.9% 58.1%
Venice 88 21,121 49.3% 57.2%
Lady Lake 89 14,138 56.5% 54.1%
Merritt Island 90 35,063 64.8% 46.9%
Brandon 91 106,604 51.6% 44.3%
Southgate 92 7,220 60.0% 44.2%
Ocoee 93 38,340 67.9% 52.4%
Palm Coast 94 77,779 63.1% 54.6%
Cheval 95 10,992 46.1% 52.5%
Oldsmar 96 13,730 57.6% 48.1%
Clermont 97 29,582 62.8% 58.9%
Tavares 98 14,343 57.0% 54.0%
Citrus Park 99 25,329 62.8% 48.3%
Pembroke Pines 100 159,920 65.2% 49.0%
Dunedin 101 35,538 49.5% 46.7%
Winter Springs 102 33,673 67.1% 48.6%
Hobe Sound 103 13,205 56.3% 49.0%
Jensen Beach 104 12,000 59.8% 49.5%
Miami Shores 105 10,736 76.2% 41.1%
Williamsburg 106 7,973 65.5% 44.0%
Richmond West 107 34,825 86.9% 51.8%
Davie 108 95,721 63.8% 46.8%
Fernandina Beach 109 11,851 47.0% 53.0%
Miami Lakes 110 30,396 62.4% 46.8%
Destin 111 12,840 28.6% 51.0%
Lakeside 112 31,522 67.1% 50.2%
Coconut Creek 113 55,590 54.6% 45.9%
North Port 114 58,584 60.4% 53.0%
Ocean City 115 5,901 49.7% 45.2%
Doral 116 49,363 43.7% 54.7%
Sebastian 117 22,485 70.1% 51.4%
Vero Beach South 118 23,343 59.5% 47.5%
Cypress Lake 119 12,177 45.4% 41.6%
Three Lakes 120 16,263 67.6% 49.6%
Apopka 121 44,462 67.4% 52.8%
Lake Magdalene 122 28,966 61.6% 45.2%
Crestview 123 22,099 50.6% 50.0%
Kendall 124 78,580 56.3% 46.4%
Edgewater 125 20,879 68.1% 50.1%
Alafaya 126 85,561 55.8% 49.7%
Port Charlotte 127 55,206 59.7% 47.9%
Southchase 128 16,131 59.4% 54.5%
Villas 129 10,464 40.2% 39.4%
Callaway 130 14,617 48.6% 52.0%
Cocoa Beach 131 11,287 43.8% 48.4%
Englewood 132 14,366 54.3% 57.1%
Olympia Heights 133 13,991 78.6% 49.2%
Westchester 134 29,921 63.3% 51.0%
Florida Ridge 135 18,056 54.3% 50.8%
Pinellas Park 136 49,874 57.9% 44.0%
The Crossings 137 24,313 71.4% 46.3%
Coral Springs 138 125,150 57.7% 48.8%
Pensacola 139 52,505 51.1% 38.4%
Cutler Bay 140 42,573 68.1% 46.2%
Aventura 141 36,979 39.3% 51.5%
Bartow 142 17,766 53.9% 43.8%
Mount Dora 143 12,663 39.8% 52.7%
Westwood Lakes 144 11,860 73.1% 49.6%
Fort Walton Beach 145 20,320 50.3% 43.1%
Ojus 146 18,761 61.3% 47.1%
North Fort Myers 147 39,143 56.2% 52.7%
Four Corners 148 32,154 21.8% 49.5%
Glenvar Heights 149 18,899 45.9% 44.1%
Temple Terrace 150 25,098 47.4% 41.3%
Miramar 151 128,414 67.1% 46.2%
Sunrise 152 88,391 59.0% 45.3%
Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace 153 13,578 41.1% 41.6%
Ruskin 154 18,846 54.3% 50.9%
Longwood 155 13,776 64.3% 43.9%
Clearwater 156 109,210 45.9% 42.4%
Zephyrhills 157 14,041 50.5% 43.8%
Middleburg 158 13,042 71.4% 54.2%
Tamarac 159 62,478 61.7% 42.7%
Melbourne 160 77,216 49.5% 42.2%
Deltona 161 85,765 68.1% 49.9%
Palm Bay 162 104,342 61.7% 49.1%
Plant City 163 35,866 51.4% 47.8%
Bonita Springs 164 46,384 43.1% 56.8%
Palmetto 165 12,856 48.9% 46.5%
Jacksonville 166 837,533 51.5% 43.6%
Spring Hill 167 100,270 65.9% 52.3%
West Lealman 168 15,257 55.6% 38.9%
Ferry Pass 169 31,204 40.6% 37.3%
Miami Springs 170 14,255 56.2% 45.4%
Key Largo 171 10,781 34.6% 47.1%
Ensley 172 20,784 53.7% 37.9%
Wright 173 25,384 40.4% 44.1%
Winter Haven 174 35,070 46.5% 45.9%
Tamiami 175 57,123 73.9% 46.4%
Key West 176 25,187 28.5% 38.0%
Forest City 177 14,724 50.2% 45.0%
Town ‘n’ Country 178 82,506 52.2% 43.4%
Sunny Isles Beach 179 21,583 25.8% 47.2%
Cape Coral 180 161,804 52.1% 52.1%
Inverness 181 7,205 57.5% 39.7%
Bayshore Gardens 182 17,899 45.3% 46.5%
DeLand 183 27,872 44.9% 42.2%
University Park 184 26,304 59.5% 44.0%
Tarpon Springs 185 23,789 57.1% 48.0%
Lakeland 186 99,942 45.1% 41.9%
Margate 187 54,929 64.8% 44.0%
Gulf Gate Estates 188 10,946 40.6% 43.0%
Springfield 189 9,095 42.2% 40.2%
Coral Terrace 190 25,318 64.5% 43.2%
South Miami 191 12,036 52.2% 42.2%
The Hammocks 192 54,833 58.0% 47.9%
Altamonte Springs 193 41,889 34.3% 38.3%
Largo 194 78,391 43.9% 41.3%
Eustis 195 18,920 51.5% 45.4%
Lockhart 196 14,489 56.7% 39.6%
Titusville 197 44,032 51.2% 46.2%
Buenaventura Lakes 198 30,324 60.1% 44.4%
Kendale Lakes 199 58,767 70.0% 44.7%
Milton 200 9,149 47.9% 40.6%
Hialeah Gardens 201 22,660 63.3% 47.5%
Lake Wales 202 14,665 47.1% 47.6%
Gulfport 203 12,102 50.7% 38.0%
Country Club 204 48,349 48.4% 44.3%
Thonotosassa 205 13,461 62.6% 45.1%
Panama City 206 36,405 40.7% 41.6%
Auburndale 207 13,979 52.2% 50.1%
Palmetto Estates 208 15,969 77.3% 41.4%
Meadow Woods 209 27,301 55.1% 50.7%
Casselberry 210 26,520 51.2% 42.0%
Fort Meade 211 5,745 51.4% 45.0%
Perry 212 7,040 59.6% 32.5%
Delray Beach 213 62,828 49.2% 39.2%
Boynton Beach 214 70,355 50.6% 40.6%
Ocala 215 56,918 43.3% 40.1%
Memphis 216 8,722 60.5% 41.0%
Bayonet Point 217 24,412 59.3% 44.7%
Myrtle Grove 218 17,475 41.4% 36.3%
Kendall West 219 38,673 58.4% 46.3%
Homosassa Springs 220 13,403 61.8% 49.4%
Shady Hills 221 10,687 73.2% 46.5%
San Carlos Park 222 17,646 53.6% 43.0%
Beverly Hills 223 8,518 54.2% 44.8%
Gibsonton 224 15,893 54.6% 42.9%
Bradenton 225 50,777 42.0% 42.0%
Tampa 226 348,934 43.1% 36.8%
Hernando 227 9,109 55.9% 49.4%
Vero Beach 228 15,577 42.7% 41.2%
Palm River-Clair Mel 229 22,667 54.4% 44.0%
Hudson 230 11,730 51.2% 49.7%
Gainesville 231 126,465 31.6% 24.1%
Miami Beach 232 90,669 22.9% 36.6%
Sarasota 233 52,986 41.9% 38.6%
Warrington 234 13,428 43.1% 38.5%
South Daytona 235 12,265 47.6% 38.9%
Deerfield Beach 236 77,341 47.6% 40.5%
Stuart 237 15,850 40.9% 36.7%
Tallahassee 238 185,395 35.5% 29.5%
Fountainebleau 239 53,413 47.2% 42.9%
Greenacres 240 38,444 52.7% 40.0%
West Palm Beach 241 102,283 38.5% 36.1%
Hollywood 242 145,128 47.3% 43.3%
Wilton Manors 243 11,994 45.2% 29.6%
Egypt Lake-Leto 244 36,735 37.4% 38.7%
Elfers 245 14,301 56.8% 47.3%
Brent 246 22,175 42.7% 28.0%
Holiday 247 21,049 47.0% 48.0%
Leesburg 248 20,915 40.9% 43.1%
South Bradenton 249 22,814 38.3% 39.3%
East Lake-Orient Park 250 23,995 42.4% 37.7%
Lealman 251 20,740 49.2% 33.4%
South Miami Heights 252 37,564 52.0% 40.9%
Arcadia 253 7,647 49.8% 35.2%
Poinciana 254 56,678 55.7% 51.5%
Haines City 255 21,207 44.0% 44.3%
Oakland Park 256 42,795 47.8% 33.3%
Union Park 257 10,501 56.8% 38.5%
Orlando 258 250,224 31.4% 35.1%
Ives Estates 259 19,980 57.5% 35.6%
Hialeah 260 232,311 46.2% 42.4%
Riviera Beach 261 33,123 37.8% 35.6%
Fort Lauderdale 262 171,137 41.0% 34.8%
Palatka 263 10,464 35.7% 30.8%
Daytona Beach 264 61,913 33.9% 29.8%
Sebring 265 10,356 37.8% 40.1%
North Lauderdale 266 42,354 47.4% 38.1%
Cocoa 267 17,261 44.7% 37.6%
Lantana 268 10,822 41.6% 40.6%
New Port Richey 269 15,063 42.1% 38.6%
Mango 270 12,062 44.1% 40.2%
Orange City 271 10,968 41.4% 36.8%
Golden Gate 272 28,917 44.7% 38.3%
Kissimmee 273 63,392 34.8% 43.5%
West Park 274 14,604 58.8% 35.9%
Quincy 275 8,022 56.0% 31.2%
Sanford 276 55,296 40.9% 37.1%
Azalea Park 277 13,203 43.2% 37.5%
Dania Beach 278 30,531 41.3% 36.4%
West Pensacola 279 19,571 38.6% 30.4%
Lake City 280 12,059 38.6% 34.7%
Live Oak 281 6,927 31.9% 25.7%
Goldenrod 282 12,500 37.0% 36.3%
Miami Gardens 283 110,867 59.5% 31.3%
Oak Ridge 284 22,313 30.8% 36.7%
Holly Hill 285 11,680 38.6% 27.6%
Jasmine Estates 286 18,470 50.2% 39.3%
Pompano Beach 287 103,234 40.8% 36.1%
Princeton 288 26,164 55.9% 40.8%
Palm Springs 289 21,302 43.3% 35.7%
Lehigh Acres 290 106,747 45.9% 44.0%
Fort Myers 291 66,167 31.3% 38.5%
Crystal Lake 292 6,049 43.0% 33.1%
Richmond Heights 293 8,895 71.0% 29.7%
Belle Glade 294 17,785 35.7% 35.5%
Hallandale Beach 295 38,270 35.4% 43.1%
Sweetwater 296 20,562 38.2% 40.3%
Inwood 297 6,468 47.3% 31.4%
Pine Hills 298 64,516 48.1% 37.4%
West Little River 299 31,226 53.0% 32.5%
Fort Pierce 300 42,744 34.0% 37.3%
North Miami Beach 301 43,028 45.0% 38.2%
Lauderhill 302 69,082 46.8% 32.6%
Lauderdale Lakes 303 33,710 45.1% 35.8%
West Perrine 304 10,317 48.6% 33.2%
Miami 305 416,432 25.6% 34.4%
Golden Glades 306 33,620 46.0% 31.0%
Opa-locka 307 15,867 30.0% 27.4%
Homestead 308 63,459 34.9% 40.3%
Lake Worth 309 35,903 37.6% 32.6%
Leisure City 310 24,125 50.8% 36.6%
North Miami 311 60,756 41.4% 33.8%
Pinewood 312 16,531 37.7% 32.0%
Immokalee 313 24,021 31.3% 35.4%
Brownsville 314 14,835 30.8% 17.6%
Florida City 315 11,853 24.2% 29.9%
Gladeview 316 11,825 31.4% 23.1%

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