A few South Florida cities have been named among the best cities to live in, according to a new survey by 24/7 Wall Street.
The list, which ranked the top 50 best cities to live in, included Boca Raton, Port St. Lucie, Palm Coast, Pembroke Pines and Cape Coral as among the top spots in Florida. Meridian, Idaho; Danbury, Conn.; Johns Creek, Ga.; Centennial, Colo., and Eagan, Minn., were the top overall places to live in the country.
According to the list, Boca Raton (No. 37) is noteworthy for its robust median home value of $370,100 and for its “restaurants, libraries, theater companies, movie theaters, fitness centers, golf courses, and free bus service.” It adds that the city’s “affluent population is well educated,” and the typical annual household income is $77,437.
24/7 Wall Street also praises Port St. Lucie (No. 40), which has attracted more new residents over the past 10 years than many U.S. cities — its population expanding by 42.1 percent. It also says the city is “much safer than the state as a whole,” with about 141 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents annually.
The site calls Pembroke Pines (No. 29) “one of the most livable cities in the country,” with Miami to the south and Fort Lauderdale to the north. It also cites its safety and its pleasant average temperatures, from 69 degrees in winter to 84 in summer.