5) Coral Springs
A far cry from Palm Beach, but a very nice place in its own way is Coral Springs. The small city, approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, is home to over 120,000 people. Given its size, it’s even more impressive that Coral Springs manages to score so well on most quality of life indicators, AreaVibes ranks Coral Springs as the 44th best place to live in Florida. Coral Springs has “everything under the sun,” so the city slogan goes, and they’re not wrong. Coral Springs has its own history museum, art center, public library and enough restaurants and entertainment venues to keep the whole family happy. As for the crime rate — Coral Springs rates an impressive 47 percent lower than the Florida average, and its high school graduation rate is 10 percent higher. Median home value is a manageable 66 percent higher than the state average, and the cost of living is just 16 percent higher — making Coral Springs an affordable choice.