These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Florida


We used science and data to determine which places in Florida are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Florida?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Florida – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Florida cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Sunshine State:

  1. Gladeview
  2. Florida City
  3. Brownsville
  4. Immokalee
  5. Pinewood
  6. North Miami (Photos)
  7. Leisure City
  8. Lake Worth (Photos)
  9. Homestead (Photos)
  10. Opa-Locka (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Edgewood is the happiest place in Florida.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Florida

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Florida, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Florida with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 347 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Florida’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Gladeview

Gladeview, Florida

Source: Google Maps

Population: 11,825
People Who Own Their Home: 31.43%
Married Adults: 23.09%

2. Florida City

Florida City, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,853
People Who Own Their Home: 24.16%
Married Adults: 29.92%

3. Brownsville

Brownsville, Florida

Source: Google Maps

Population: 14,835
People Who Own Their Home: 30.76%
Married Adults: 17.63%

4. Immokalee

Immokalee, Florida

Source: Google Maps

Population: 24,021
People Who Own Their Home: 31.32%
Married Adults: 35.36%

5. Pinewood

Pinewood, Florida

Source: Google Maps

Population: 16,531
People Who Own Their Home: 37.72%
Married Adults: 32.03%

6. North Miami

North Miami, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,756
People Who Own Their Home: 41.38%
Married Adults: 33.75%

7. Leisure City

Leisure City, Florida

Source: Google Maps

Population: 24,125
People Who Own Their Home: 50.81%
Married Adults: 36.58%

8. Lake Worth

Lake Worth, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,903
People Who Own Their Home: 37.64%
Married Adults: 32.62%

9. Homestead

Homestead, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,459
People Who Own Their Home: 34.89%
Married Adults: 40.28%

10. Opa-Locka

Opa-Locka, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,867
People Who Own Their Home: 29.95%
Married Adults: 27.37%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Florida

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Gladeview 1 31.43%
Florida City 2 24.16%
Brownsville 3 30.76%
Immokalee 4 31.32%
Pinewood 5 37.72%
North Miami 6 41.38%
Leisure City 7 50.81%
Lake Worth 8 37.64%
Homestead 9 34.89%
Opa-Locka 10 29.95%
Golden Glades 11 45.97%
Miami 12 25.59%
West Perrine 13 48.62%
Lauderdale Lakes 14 45.13%
Lauderhill 15 46.79%
North Miami Beach 16 44.98%
Fort Pierce 17 33.97%
West Little River 18 53.02%
Pine Hills 19 48.08%
Inwood 20 47.34%
Sweetwater 21 38.16%
Hallandale Beach 22 35.41%
Belle Glade 23 35.7%
Richmond Heights 24 70.99%
Crystal Lake 25 43.04%
Fort Myers 26 31.33%
Lehigh Acres 27 45.9%
Palm Springs 28 43.3%
Princeton 29 55.94%
Pompano Beach 30 40.78%
Jasmine Estates 31 50.19%
Holly Hill 32 38.65%
Oak Ridge 33 30.81%
Miami Gardens 34 59.51%
Goldenrod 35 36.99%
Live Oak 36 31.88%
Lake City 37 38.58%
West Pensacola 38 38.61%
Dania Beach 39 41.27%
Azalea Park 40 43.22%
Sanford 41 40.86%
Madison 42 46.27%
Quincy 43 56.04%
West Park 44 58.75%
Kissimmee 45 34.77%
Golden Gate 46 44.74%
Orange City 47 41.38%
Mango 48 44.07%
New Port Richey 49 42.13%
Lantana 50 41.59%
Cocoa 51 44.67%
North Lauderdale 52 47.42%
Sebring 53 37.8%
Daytona Beach 54 33.91%
Palatka 55 35.73%
Fort Lauderdale 56 40.99%
Watertown 57 46.4%
Riviera Beach 58 37.84%
Hialeah 59 46.18%
Ives Estates 60 57.48%
Malone 61 57.3%
Orlando 62 31.37%
Taft 63 53.18%
Union Park 64 56.85%
Oakland Park 65 47.81%
Haines City 66 43.99%
Hilliard 67 42.2%
Poinciana 68 55.67%
Cleveland 69 53.43%
Arcadia 70 49.78%
South Miami Heights 71 52.02%
Trenton 72 50.85%
Lealman 73 49.19%
East Lake-Orient Park 74 42.37%
South Bradenton 75 38.26%
Leesburg 76 40.93%
Holiday 77 47.0%
Brent 78 42.73%
Elfers 79 56.75%
Egypt Lake-Leto 80 37.4%
Wilton Manors 81 45.25%
Hollywood 82 47.26%
West Palm Beach 83 38.53%
Greenacres 84 52.73%
Fountainebleau 85 47.16%
Tallahassee 86 35.45%
Stuart 87 40.86%
Deerfield Beach 88 47.56%
South Daytona 89 47.62%
Warrington 90 43.11%
Sarasota 91 41.95%
Miami Beach 92 22.93%
Gainesville 93 31.58%
Jasper 94 36.64%
Hudson 95 51.21%
Palm River-Clair Mel 96 54.37%
Vero Beach 97 42.73%
Ridgecrest 98 58.51%
Hernando 99 55.9%
Tampa 100 43.12%
Bowling Green 101 49.13%
Bradenton 102 41.98%
Gibsonton 103 54.59%
Beverly Hills 104 54.16%
San Carlos Park 105 53.64%
Davenport 106 54.83%
Shady Hills 107 73.23%
Monticello 108 51.93%
Homosassa Springs 109 61.79%
Kendall West 110 58.37%
Myrtle Grove 111 41.45%
Bayonet Point 112 59.27%
Memphis 113 60.45%
Ocala 114 43.26%
Boynton Beach 115 50.58%
Delray Beach 116 49.24%
Perry 117 59.62%
Fort Meade 118 51.44%
Casselberry 119 51.19%
Meadow Woods 120 55.14%
Palmetto Estates 121 77.35%
Auburndale 122 52.18%
Panama City 123 40.7%
Thonotosassa 124 62.57%
Country Club 125 48.4%
Gulfport 126 50.73%
Lake Wales 127 47.07%
Hialeah Gardens 128 63.29%
Laguna Beach 129 22.88%
Milton 130 47.93%
Kendale Lakes 131 69.96%
Buenaventura Lakes 132 60.12%
Dover 133 44.55%
Titusville 134 51.15%
Lockhart 135 56.68%
Eustis 136 51.55%
Largo 137 43.94%
Altamonte Springs 138 34.29%
The Hammocks 139 57.98%
South Miami 140 52.25%
Coral Terrace 141 64.55%
Springfield 142 42.17%
Gulf Gate Estates 143 40.61%
Margate 144 64.83%
Lakeland 145 45.11%
Tarpon Springs 146 57.09%
University Park 147 59.51%
Deland 148 44.87%
Bayshore Gardens 149 45.31%
Inverness 150 57.51%
Cape Coral 151 52.09%
South Pasadena 152 35.66%
Sunny Isles Beach 153 25.83%
Town ‘N’ Country 154 52.19%
Forest City 155 50.24%
Key West 156 28.51%
Tamiami 157 73.91%
Winter Haven 158 46.46%
Wright 159 40.41%
Ensley 160 53.69%
Key Largo 161 34.58%
Miami Springs 162 56.22%
Ferry Pass 163 40.64%
West Lealman 164 55.58%
Parker 165 50.38%
Spring Hill 166 65.91%
Jacksonville 167 51.49%
Palmetto 168 48.87%
Bonita Springs 169 43.06%
Plant City 170 51.44%
Palm Bay 171 61.66%
Deltona 172 68.06%
Melbourne 173 49.49%
Tamarac 174 61.69%
Middleburg 175 71.45%
Zephyrhills 176 50.51%
Clearwater 177 45.88%
Campbell 178 46.73%
Longwood 179 64.25%
Ruskin 180 54.32%
Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace 181 41.09%
Sunrise 182 59.04%
Miramar 183 67.08%
Temple Terrace 184 47.39%
Glenvar Heights 185 45.93%
Four Corners 186 21.82%
North Fort Myers 187 56.24%
Ojus 188 61.3%
Fort Walton Beach 189 50.35%
Westwood Lakes 190 73.15%
Mount Dora 191 39.8%
Bartow 192 53.87%
Aventura 193 39.35%
Cutler Bay 194 68.06%
Pensacola 195 51.13%
Coral Springs 196 57.68%
The Crossings 197 71.37%
Pinellas Park 198 57.9%
Florida Ridge 199 54.25%
Westchester 200 63.3%
Olympia Heights 201 78.57%
Englewood 202 54.27%
Williston 203 53.56%
Cocoa Beach 204 43.81%
Callaway 205 48.64%
Villas 206 40.21%
Southchase 207 59.45%
Port Charlotte 208 59.74%
Alafaya 209 55.83%
Edgewater 210 68.09%
Kendall 211 56.31%
High Point 212 65.4%
Crestview 213 50.63%
Lake Magdalene 214 61.58%
Apopka 215 67.39%
Three Lakes 216 67.63%
Cypress Lake 217 45.41%
Vero Beach South 218 59.53%
Sebastian 219 70.12%
Doral 220 43.71%
Ocean City 221 49.73%
North Port 222 60.36%
Coconut Creek 223 54.63%
Lakeside 224 67.09%
White City 225 62.37%
Destin 226 28.59%
Miami Lakes 227 62.37%
Fernandina Beach 228 46.99%
Davie 229 63.83%
Richmond West 230 86.87%
Williamsburg 231 65.51%
Miami Shores 232 76.22%
Jensen Beach 233 59.78%
Hobe Sound 234 56.34%
Freeport 235 48.93%
Winter Springs 236 67.06%
Dunedin 237 49.5%
Pembroke Pines 238 65.22%
Citrus Park 239 62.8%
Tavares 240 57.04%
Clermont 241 62.81%
Oldsmar 242 57.63%
Cheval 243 46.13%
Palm Coast 244 63.1%
Ocoee 245 67.93%
Southgate 246 59.97%
Brandon 247 51.59%
Merritt Island 248 64.83%
Lady Lake 249 56.54%
Venice 250 49.32%
New Smyrna Beach 251 43.87%
Northdale 252 62.83%
Sarasota Springs 253 69.84%
Riverview 254 64.15%
Country Walk 255 86.01%
Umatilla 256 57.59%
Cortez 257 48.41%
Geneva 258 80.83%
South Venice 259 61.83%
Winter Park 260 55.2%
Wildwood 261 63.27%
The Acreage 262 78.76%
Hunters Creek 263 41.85%
Punta Gorda 264 57.24%
Carrollwood 265 62.08%
Debary 266 76.07%
Ormond Beach 267 62.35%
Navarre 268 59.77%
Newberry 269 68.31%
Jacksonville Beach 270 51.54%
Upper Grand Lagoon 271 48.54%
Seminole 272 61.48%
Royal Palm Beach 273 70.65%
Boca Raton 274 54.92%
Rockledge 275 69.14%
Sun City Center 276 67.53%
Apollo Beach 277 68.14%
Atlantic Beach 278 53.53%
Lakewood Park 279 66.34%
West Melbourne 280 60.4%
Yulee 281 69.71%
Oakleaf Plantation 282 69.92%
Pea Ridge 283 55.47%
Weston 284 60.46%
Bloomingdale 285 71.97%
Alva 286 55.15%
Wesley Chapel 287 64.62%
Palmetto Bay 288 77.56%
Coral Gables 289 54.77%
Winter Garden 290 64.02%
Palm Harbor 291 61.79%
Land O’ Lakes 292 70.78%
Maitland 293 49.28%
Iona 294 38.2%
Sunset 295 80.2%
Port Orange 296 63.03%
Glencoe 297 75.37%
Westchase 298 56.24%
Greenbriar 299 69.49%
Wekiwa Springs 300 70.14%
Oviedo 301 70.59%
Laurel 302 59.9%
East Lake 303 69.51%
Bellview 304 62.21%
Valparaiso 305 56.23%
River Ridge 306 80.35%
Fruitville 307 60.03%
Lutz 308 76.47%
Wellington 309 65.62%
Fleming Island 310 74.32%
Horizon West 311 58.97%
Jupiter Farms 312 82.43%
Valrico 313 77.73%
Niceville 314 63.95%
Odessa 315 71.69%
Lake Mary 316 67.71%
Safety Harbor 317 71.0%
Gateway 318 58.7%
Estero 319 45.96%
Naples 320 43.11%
Lynn Haven 321 57.91%
Doctor Phillips 322 65.74%
Jupiter 323 57.09%
World Golf Village 324 68.91%
Satellite Beach 325 62.92%
Pace 326 75.65%
Key Biscayne 327 44.37%
Fish Hawk 328 78.46%
Pinecrest 329 71.64%
Cooper City 330 82.5%
North Palm Beach 331 57.46%
Marco Island 332 37.47%
Palm Beach Gardens 333 57.14%
Lighthouse Point 334 63.25%
Conway 335 72.57%
Viera East 336 75.94%
Oakland 337 70.05%
Gonzalez 338 75.49%
Palm Valley 339 66.91%
Palm City 340 70.49%
Keystone 341 80.68%
Fruit Cove 342 81.17%
Parkland 343 78.99%
Trinity 344 83.68%
The Villages 345 79.1%
Lakeland Highlands 346 78.99%
Edgewood 347 76.55%

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