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Florida, the “Sunshine State”, is known to have an enviable weather. With its more than 20 million people, it ranks 3rd in population in the country. It is also the home of Orlando’s amusement parks, which are the most visited parks in the nation; Cape Canaveral’s spacecrafts launching site and one of the best NBA teams: Miami Heat.

It has some wonderful places, but they come with a price. Florida is home to some of the most amazing homes in the world, for CEOs and celebrities alike, with high prices to pay. Its cost of living is right in the nation’s average, but it still has some expensive places. The index is made with a reference of 100 being the U.S. average, under 100 is below average and over 100 is over average.

Here we present you a list of the Top 15 most expensive places to live in Florida:

15. Miami Lakes

Population: 30,396

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 165

Miami Lakes is a suburb of Miami, incorporated in 2000. It’s a development constructed on a land formerly owned by Ernest “Cap” Graham. The town has had a big increment in population for some years. The majority of its population state Spanish as their first language. It is famous for its indoor Veteran’s Memorial at the Royal Oaks Park Community Center.

14. Lighthouse Point

Population: 10,693

Healthcare index: 99

Housing index: 180

Lighthouse Point, often abbreviated as LHP, is a city located in Broward County. Its name comes from the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, in Hillsboro Beach. It was incorporated as a city in 1957. It hasn’t seen a big increment in population for the last years. 

13. Boca Raton

 

Population: 88,187

Healthcare index: 99

Housing index: 189

Boca Raton is a city located in the south area of Palm Beach County. It is located about 43 miles north of Miami. Its motto is “A City for All Seasons”. Its name comes from the original name “Boca de Ratones” from 18th century maps. Its annual average temperature is 83.8° F.

12. South Miami

 

Population: 12,036

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 175

South Miami is a city located in Miami-Dade County. It is often abbreviated as “SoMi” and its motto is “The City of Pleasant Living”. The area was first settled in 1897, but the city was incorporated until 1927. It is known for its leafy residential neighborhoods, several parks and a vibrant Downtown filled with historic buildings, restaurants and unique shops.

11. Weston

 

Population: 67,567

Healthcare index: 99

Housing index: 213

The community of Weston is located in Broward County, in the south east end of the state. It was established in 1996 and it was developed by the same company in charge of developing Walt Disney World. It was ranked among the Top 20 biggest earning population in the country and ranks high in the best places to live in America. It’s sometimes referred to as “Westonzuela”.

10. Doral

 

Population: 49,363

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 182

Doral is a municipality located in Miami-Dade County. Its located at 1 mile from Miami International Airport. It is often named one of the best cities in Florida to do business and to retire. It has had a very big increment in population since it was incorporated in 2003.

9. Miami Shores

Population: 10,736

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 189

The village of Miami Shores is located in the Miami-Dade County. It was originally a neighborhood of the city of Miami called Biscayne. It’s mainly a bedroom community for people working in the Greater Miami area with very few commercial areas. 

8. Parkland

 

Population: 25,895

Healthcare index: 99

Housing index: 306

Parkland is a city in Broward County, at the south east area of the state. It was incorporated in 1963 and its zoning laws are designed to protect parks of the city. It didn’t have any stores or traffic lights at first. Its motto is “Environmentally proud” because of its protection to green areas in the city.

7. Palmetto Bay

 

Population: 24,214

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 214

The Village of Palmetto Bay is located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It was incorporated in 2002, from territory formerly held by the Cutler and East Perrine areas. It was heavily damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and reminders of the hurricane’s extensive disaster exist until today.

6. Key West

 

Population: 25,187

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 226

Key West is an island city in Monroe County and it serves as the county seat. It is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It is located at 129 miles southwest of Miami and 106 northeast of Havana, Cuba. Its official motto is “One Human Family”. Its original name is “Cayo Hueso” from the Spanish settlers in the 16th century.

5. Marco Island

 

Population: 16,921

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 256

Marco Island is a city located in Collier County. It is the largest barrier island within Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands area, to the south of Cape Sable. It is known as “La Isla de San Marco” for its old Spanish name. The city includes luxury resorts, beautiful beaches and unspoiled parks.

4. Naples

 

Population: 20,214

Healthcare index: 108

Housing index: 323

Naples is a city located in Collier County. It is considered one of the wealthiest cities in the country, ranking 6th in per capita income and 2nd in highest proportion of millionaires per capita. Houses for sales are priced up to $40 million. It was founded in 1886 and incorporated as a city in 1949. Its nickname is “Naples of the Gulf”.

3. Coral Gables

 

Population: 49,319

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 280

Officially named City of Coral Gables, it is located in Miami-Dade County, southwest of the city of Miami. It’s nickname is “The City Beautiful” for its fine residences and buildings. It is the home of the University of Miami. The city was developed by George Merrick during the Florida land boom of the 1920s.

2. Pinecrest

 

Population: 18,914

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 311

The village of Pinecrest is a suburban area of Miami in Miami-Dade County. Its zip code is ranked among the most expensive in the United States. Pinecrest Gardens is the most important and impressive of the village’s parks. Pinecrest Gardens, known as South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park, it is a massive park featuring over 1,000 varieties of exotic tropical plants and trees. 

1. Key Biscayne

 

Population: 12,774

Healthcare index: 104

Housing index: 490

The village of Key Biscayne is an island town located in Miami-Dade County. It lies south of Miami Beach. It was incorporated as a new municipality in 1991. Its nickname is “Island Paradise”. It has recently seen a large increment in construction of resort hotels, condominium complexes and shopping centers.

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