Worst Small Towns In Florida For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in FL are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Florida.

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Most Americans have never been to Florida. However, as the people who live there know, Florida is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Florida has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Sunshine State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 245 of Florida's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Florida where you'd never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in Florida for 2020:

  1. Lacoochee
  2. Montura
  3. Chattahoochee
  4. Inglis
  5. Pomona Park
  6. Cypress Quarters
  7. Gretna
  8. Madison (Photos)
  9. Moon Lake
  10. Hawthorne

So what is the worst small town to call home in florida for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Lacoochee is the worst small town to live in Florida.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Florida has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Florida or the worst places to live in Florida.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Florida For 2020

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Population: 1,628
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $46,500 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.0% (24th worst)
More on Lacoochee:  Data

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3
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Population: 3,821
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $49,400 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (28th worst)
More on Montura:  Data

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Population: 3,103
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $81,700 (44th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.1% (29th worst)
More on Chattahoochee:  Data

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Population: 1,437
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $86,800 (55th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.7% (7th worst)
More on Inglis:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,046
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Median Home Value: $68,300 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.2% (60th worst)
More on Pomona Park:  Data

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Population: 1,455
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 35)
Median Home Value: $73,900 (28th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (88th worst)
More on Cypress Quarters:  Data

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Population: 1,174
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $49,300 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.6% (15th worst)
More on Gretna:  Data

Madison, FL

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Population: 2,825
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 23)
Median Home Value: $74,800 (30th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.4% (17th worst)
More on Madison:  Data | Photos

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Population: 4,341
Rank Last Year: 34 (Up 24)
Median Home Value: $46,900 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.1% (38th worst)
More on Moon Lake:  Data

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Population: 1,670
Rank Last Year: 38 (Up 27)
Median Home Value: $129,200 (114th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.3% (3rd worst)
More on Hawthorne:  Data

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Florida, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Florida for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 245 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Florida

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Sunshine State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Florida, according to science:

  1. Highland Beach (Pop. 3,858)
  2. Melbourne Beach (Pop. 3,224)
  3. Tierra Verde (Pop. 3,557)

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Florida

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Lacoochee 1,628 14.0% $46,500
2 Montura 3,821 13.2% $49,400
3 Chattahoochee 3,103 13.1% $81,700
4 Inglis 1,437 17.7% $86,800
5 Pomona Park 1,046 10.2% $68,300
6 Cypress Quarters 1,455 8.5% $73,900
7 Gretna 1,174 15.6% $49,300
8 Madison 2,825 15.4% $74,800
9 Moon Lake 4,341 12.1% $46,900
10 Hawthorne 1,670 22.3% $129,200
11 Malone 2,006 16.5% $85,000
12 Suncoast Estates 4,314 17.6% $48,800
13 Trenton 2,211 6.7% $77,400
14 Moore Haven 2,551 15.1% $62,100
15 Interlachen 1,583 12.8% $74,000
16 Zolfo Springs 1,872 11.7% $57,300
17 Carrabelle 2,650 11.0% $105,200
18 Dover 3,001 6.4% $100,300
19 Bonifay 2,693 10.5% $92,700
20 Chiefland 2,514 6.8% $93,700
21 Medley 1,118 4.0% $38,400
22 Crescent City 1,514 12.9% $109,100
23 Eatonville 2,341 20.3% $115,900
24 Midway Cdp (Seminole County) 1,597 10.0% $76,500
25 Bunnell 2,675 6.0% $127,500
26 Lake Placid 1,932 10.9% $79,600
27 Kenwood Estates 1,340 17.3% $162,500
28 Flagler Estates 3,484 6.3% $80,000
29 Plantation Mobile Home Park 1,522 13.6% $9,999
30 Goulding 4,297 10.5% $78,700
31 Bowling Green 2,890 9.0% $63,800
32 Wewahitchka 2,342 15.1% $88,800
33 East Palatka 1,797 9.0% $115,200
34 Blountstown 2,843 9.5% $86,100
35 Bushnell 3,047 8.7% $47,100
36 Mangonia Park 2,615 13.6% $125,000
37 Port Labelle 5,000 11.6% $95,200
38 Fort Pierce South 4,389 12.9% $111,100
39 Dade City North 3,030 6.6% $65,400
40 Chipley 3,511 14.6% $94,500
41 Astor 1,418 9.6% $116,200
42 Lake Butler 1,770 11.2% $81,600
43 Eastpoint 2,106 10.0% $104,300
44 Graceville 2,542 9.8% $95,600
45 Bristol 1,025 9.9% $92,500
46 Century 1,632 11.1% $58,900
47 Cross City 2,123 6.1% $81,100
48 Taylor Creek 4,189 8.6% $79,100
49 Sneads 1,898 13.3% $86,600
50 Harlem Heights 1,930 8.3% $93,100
51 Limestone Creek 1,123 4.0% $122,400
52 High Point 3,704 16.3% $70,100
53 Sharpes 3,049 8.8% $73,800
54 South Brooksville 3,944 7.1% $90,000
55 Watertown 3,507 14.7% $103,700
56 Ridgecrest 3,401 15.2% $145,900
57 Williston 2,683 7.6% $128,900
58 Seminole Manor 2,889 13.0% $140,600
59 Royal Palm Estates 3,485 7.1% $120,800
60 Boulevard Gardens 1,567 11.3% $163,500
61 Alturas 3,673 9.9% $90,500
62 Wauchula 4,857 5.0% $71,000
63 Panacea 1,001 3.7% $87,500
64 Fussels Corner 4,026 11.4% $48,800
65 Pierson 1,423 3.8% $129,200
66 Watergate 2,810 17.5% $84,800
67 Samoset 4,309 4.8% $100,300
68 Crystal River 3,092 8.6% $119,300
69 Dunnellon 2,188 10.0% $122,000
70 Cedar Grove 3,357 9.1% $87,900
71 Archer 1,336 4.4% $134,600
72 Jasper 4,104 6.1% $84,500
73 Dundee 4,313 2.2% $125,800
74 Lake Panasoffkee 3,306 5.3% $81,800
75 Baldwin 1,641 10.5% $113,600
76 Clarcona 2,615 11.6% $148,300
77 Washington Park 1,799 10.6% $179,100
78 Lake Hamilton 1,551 9.9% $132,400
79 Taft 1,472 3.8% $77,900
80 Belleview 4,844 8.5% $83,300
81 Pine Island Center 2,002 7.5% $173,000
82 Frostproof 3,176 4.7% $73,100
83 Crooked Lake Park 1,912 12.2% $83,200
84 Lake Kathryn 1,034 6.9% $100,700
85 Astatula 1,637 7.5% $105,900
86 Meadow Oaks 2,513 13.0% $115,600
87 Fanning Springs 1,045 3.3% $104,000
88 Umatilla 3,693 12.0% $124,200
89 Callahan 1,414 8.6% $152,400
90 Harlem 2,442 2.6% $68,700
91 Zephyrhills North 2,599 7.6% $51,800
92 Campbell 2,095 7.2% $53,000
93 Weeki Wachee Gardens 1,539 8.1% $211,700
94 Deland Southwest 1,004 2.1% $80,300
95 Point Baker 3,460 6.3% $100,600
96 San Castle 3,917 6.4% $111,500
97 Cleveland 3,280 3.2% $67,200
98 Bagdad 3,474 9.8% $116,700
99 Roosevelt Gardens 2,585 22.3% $122,200
100 De Leon Springs 2,642 0.0% $156,500

How Is The Area In ?

10 thoughts on “Worst Small Towns In Florida, 2020

  1. Stupid, stupid, STUPID!!!! What the article fails to mention is that there are larger nearby towns and many people purposely CHOOSE to live in small communities such as many of these… and they commute to work. Some of these small towns are great places to live! And… I say the more churches the better. Whoever wrote this article needs to find a more worthwhile subject to write about instead of tearing down and maligning smaller communities… Statistics are just numbers… and numbers don’t always tell the story…they can certainly be skewed to elaborate or degenerate a fact(s).

  2. I know this is just their opinion but there are lots of things to do in these places. Even though these are small towns they have a lot to offer. I bet this was the opinion of some big shot up north.

  3. Cottondale (#10) is my hometown (tho’ I was born in GA) and I LOVED living there! Everyone knew everyone and it was like the whole town was family. The school was good when I attended there. We had some excellent teachers. And, it is certainly a church-going community. If that is the 10th worst place to live now, it wasn’t when I lived there.

  4. Ok, you will have your “bad areas” no matter. I live in Pine Lakes, am not unemployed, choose to live away from all the city rucas! By the way, we ALSO have Pine lakes Superette, and Pine Lakes grill…..if your writing is based on facts, please, get them right! Lol!

  5. you fail to understand that Cottondale is not far from larger cities, 20-30 min drive to work and there is no traffic. City folks spend more time in traffic getting to work, pay more for their homes and probably work more hours, Small town folks actually pay off their homes faster than city folks too. I live in the next town over, am 54 and have NO MORTGAGE.

  6. You blew it, you just went to towns on the Florida map!
    You never went to LA (Lower Alabama, the part of Florida, that Florida does not want to claim, just collect taxes from-like the UK)
    We won the Worse County, City, Roads, 4-cent gas tax and the Worse wait at the most redlights that are sinked, so you catch every redlights!
    We won the privilege of receiving all the refugees from the flooded 9th Ward, New Orleans. We made them feel at home, so they are still living in the FEMA trailers.
    So keep keep going West until you get to eSCAMbia, talk to Jack Brown, to see how he does it, if you really want to steal the only title we feel worthy of (THE WORSE PLACE LIVE, BEST PLACE TO SEE IN YOUR REARVIEW MIRROR, IF YOU LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE ONE).

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