Dunedin is the 51st most desirable place to live in Florida according to AreaVibes, so close and yet so far from a much-coveted top 50 spot. Overall placement matters little though when the quality of life scores are as consistently high as they are in Dunedin. Located just north of St. Petersburg on Florida’s West coast, Dunedin is home to around 35,000 people and is considered one of the best places to enjoy a laid back Florida lifestyle on a budget. Crime rates in Dunedin are a healthy 44 percent lower than the Florida average and those with children will be happy to hear that the local school system performs well with a high school graduation rate that is eight percent higher than average. The cost of a home in Dunedin is consistent with the average cost in the rest of Florida. The median household income and the cost of living is actually marginally lower making Dunedin a very desirable place to start a new life.