These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Florida For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 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.

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.

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.

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Population: 3,654
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $43,600 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.7% (22nd worst)
More on Montura:  Data

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Population: 1,759
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,300 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.7% (49th worst)
More on Lacoochee:  Data

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Population: 2,156
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $77,400 (41st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.8% (10th worst)
More on East Bronson:  Data

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Population: 3,124
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $82,900 (56th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (72nd worst)
More on Chattahoochee:  Data

Lake Placid, FL

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Population: 2,433
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $69,500 (28th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.8% (58th worst)
More on Lake Placid:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,023
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $80,800 (50th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.6% (34th worst)
More on Center Hill:  Data

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Population: 1,428
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $83,800 (57th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.9% (20th worst)
More on Inglis:  Data

Suncoast Estates, FL

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Population: 4,587
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $45,200 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.3% (13th worst)
More on Suncoast Estates:  Data

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Population: 1,361
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 16)
Median Home Value: $42,500 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 26.8% (1st worst)
More on Gretna:  Data

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Population: 2,089
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:

  1. Hillsboro Beach (Pop. 1,465)
  2. Melbourne Beach (Pop. 3,189)
  3. Highland Beach (Pop. 3,720)

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Florida

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Montura 3,654 15.7% $43,600
2 Lacoochee 1,759 12.7% $53,300
3 East Bronson 2,156 18.8% $77,400
4 Chattahoochee 3,124 10.6% $82,900
5 Lake Placid 2,433 11.8% $69,500
6 Center Hill 1,023 14.6% $80,800
7 Inglis 1,428 15.9% $83,800
8 Suncoast Estates 4,587 18.3% $45,200
9 Gretna 1,361 26.8% $42,500
10 Malone 2,089 20.3% $86,700
11 Interlachen 1,600 10.5% $73,800
12 Pine Manor 4,926 13.3% $43,100
13 Schall Circle 1,293 14.7% $73,900
14 Trenton 2,178 9.4% $74,200
15 Pomona Park 1,094 9.0% $65,600
16 Midway Cdp (Seminole County) 1,440 9.5% $65,600
17 Crescent City 1,576 15.0% $98,400
18 Labelle 4,716 9.4% $78,500
19 Medley 1,111 3.4% $38,600
20 Manatee Road 2,925 8.6% $66,700
21 Goulding 4,624 19.0% $72,900
22 Chiefland 2,230 10.4% $92,900
23 Tice 4,764 8.3% $69,200
24 Bonifay 2,707 12.5% $95,100
25 Century 1,534 17.5% $56,700
26 Astor 1,504 15.8% $107,000
27 Dade City North 2,981 10.2% $65,000
28 Watergate 3,411 24.5% $67,500
29 Flagler Estates 3,520 9.6% $77,700
30 Dover 3,473 6.1% $97,700
31 Taylor Creek 3,982 13.3% $78,700
32 Madison 2,855 18.2% $89,700
33 Moon Lake 4,525 8.8% $54,100
34 Moore Haven 2,977 11.1% $64,400
35 Eatonville 2,360 15.3% $107,900
36 Zolfo Springs 1,962 8.0% $56,800
37 Blountstown 2,617 14.5% $87,900
38 Hawthorne 1,862 19.9% $127,900
39 Bunnell 2,827 6.4% $121,500
40 Cypress Quarters 1,381 7.7% $76,700
41 Wewahitchka 2,695 10.5% $88,400
42 Carrabelle 2,707 9.5% $107,600
43 Crystal River 3,059 14.6% $122,900
44 Sharpes 3,016 10.8% $60,700
45 Port Labelle 4,583 10.9% $91,300
46 Taft 1,874 8.1% $73,600
47 Panacea 1,029 18.6% $79,600
48 Chipley 3,491 15.3% $81,700
49 Mangonia Park 2,191 19.7% $113,700
50 Washington Park 1,537 14.4% $112,900
51 Fort Pierce South 4,318 12.8% $102,900
52 Eastpoint 2,156 8.7% $115,000
53 Sneads 2,005 13.5% $86,200
54 Dundee 4,142 3.7% $110,800
55 Kenwood Estates 1,414 13.7% $160,900
56 Samoset 3,922 7.1% $81,400
57 East Palatka 1,999 9.4% $120,700
58 Graceville 2,467 9.0% $86,700
59 Cross City 2,028 5.2% $90,100
60 High Point 3,571 16.6% $63,500
61 Lake Butler 1,940 11.9% $82,600
62 Bowling Green 2,885 7.1% $75,900
63 Seminole Manor 3,226 18.8% $112,100
64 Monticello 2,201 13.5% $113,100
65 Clarcona 2,935 17.7% $102,800
66 Astatula 1,723 8.2% $93,800
67 Pierson 1,601 4.5% $120,900
68 Campbell 2,436 12.3% $54,700
69 Franklin Park 1,046 19.1% $120,000
70 Crooked Lake Park 1,748 14.4% $79,400
71 Dunnellon 2,092 11.0% $97,100
72 Watertown 3,030 15.6% $98,300
73 Lake Panasoffkee 3,170 7.6% $78,600
74 Limestone Creek 1,290 3.0% $88,100
75 Bagdad 3,979 8.9% $98,500
76 Bushnell 3,027 9.4% $47,200
77 Jasper 4,077 7.6% $82,300
78 North Brooksville 3,431 11.8% $99,500
79 Fussels Corner 4,413 14.0% $50,500
80 Williston 2,685 6.9% $132,400
81 Belleview 4,759 7.9% $84,600
82 Fort Denaud 1,865 13.4% $112,500
83 Cedar Grove 3,547 7.9% $82,900
84 Royal Palm Estates 3,416 7.1% $113,600
85 Alturas 4,090 10.0% $89,800
86 Havana 1,680 11.3% $119,000
87 Pine Island Center 1,986 12.3% $162,400
88 Archer 1,252 3.6% $143,000
89 Callahan 1,302 7.5% $147,300
90 South Brooksville 4,038 10.0% $102,800
91 Baldwin 1,643 12.1% $113,200
92 De Leon Springs 2,627 2.2% $117,700
93 Umatilla 3,645 17.9% $142,500
94 Ridgecrest 3,168 15.1% $127,500
95 Polk City 2,193 11.2% $79,600
96 Point Baker 3,665 10.0% $89,300
97 Lake Hamilton 1,531 10.1% $112,900
98 Meadow Oaks 2,526 12.0% $110,500
99 Roosevelt Gardens 2,558 19.4% $111,100
100 Cleveland 3,317 3.6% $69,400

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10 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Florida For 2019

  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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