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 253 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:
So what is the worst small town to call home in Florida for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Montura 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.
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 2019
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 2013-2017 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 – 253 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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $43,600 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (22nd worst)
More on Montura: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,300 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.7% (49th worst)
More on Lacoochee: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $77,400 (41st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.8% (10th worst)
More on East Bronson: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $82,900 (56th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (72nd worst)
More on Chattahoochee: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $80,800 (50th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.6% (34th worst)
More on Center Hill: Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $83,800 (57th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.9% (20th worst)
More on Inglis: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $45,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.3% (13th worst)
More on Suncoast Estates: Data
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $42,500 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 26.8% (1st worst)
More on Gretna: Data
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $86,700 (62nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 20.3% (4th worst)
More on Malone: Data
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:
- Hillsboro Beach (Pop. 1,465)
- Melbourne Beach (Pop. 3,189)
- Highland Beach (Pop. 3,720)
For more Florida reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Florida
- 10 Safest Places In Florida
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Florida
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Florida