Top 5 places to live in Central Florida


From its breathtaking beaches to its glorious theme parks to world famous Disney World, and everything in between, Central Florida real estate holds captivating fascination for everyone. But which places are the best and fairest among all to live in Central Florida? This blog says it all.

Criteria to select the top places

To select the best places, we relied on the following factors, established on the basis of the data gathered from the FBI, the 2010 U.S. Census and business listings.

  1. Total amenities
  2. Quality of life; it includes living cost, median rant, average home price & household income and student-to-teacher ratio)
  3. Crime rate
  4. Tax rates; it includes income tax and sales tax
  5. Unemployment
  6. Commute time
  7. Weather; it includes air quality and temperature

Top 5 Places in Central Florida

On the basis of factors mentioned above, we have ranked the following places as the top 5 places to live in Central Florida.

  1. Mount Dora

Mount Dora seems a New England city brimming with classic charm and a small town appeal that is not found anywhere else in Central Florida. Residents here enjoy a high quality of life, relaxing lifestyle and beautiful landscapes surrounding the lakes. It is a unique town offerings local boutique options and eateries. In addition, Mount Dora has great locally owned cafes and restaurants, live music arenas, water front dining, huge parks and wildlife viewing. It is quite close to more urban areas, providing a convenient commute time to all.

  1. The Villages

The city, established almost 55 years ago, has been transformed into the fastest growing metro city in the U.S. Having Active Adult lifestyle, people are attracted here from all over U.S, to look for homes. The city offers a huge range of entertainment and recreational options, with more than 2,000 clubs. The accessibility of medical facilities, financial institutions, and shopping, all via golf cart, brings security and comfort to an all-encompassing lifestyle. The Villages has been named as one of the best places to Retire, by Forbes.

  1. Clermont

Clermont is just 20 to 30 minutes’ drive away from Orlando. The serene atmosphere of the place is one of its best features to attract people for residing here.  With beautiful lakes and rolling hills, Clermont is a peaceful and lovely area to live, offering a small town charm and an active lifestyle. Clermont is the highest point in Florida; the Sugarloaf Mountain is 312 feet above the sea level. The city provides captivating panoramic views of Orlando skylines and it is a great place to watch SeaWorld and Disney fireworks.

  1. Leesburg

It has been home to an increasing number of Central Floridians since late 1980s. It holds a small town feel with nature-driven lifestyle and convenient locations. Leesburg offers simpler pace of life and plenty of appealing offerings including amazing waterways to play, enjoyable dining and shopping and old fashioned attractions and fun events. The city provides great retirement developments since it is close to other famous areas of Central Florida including Tavares, Eustis, Mount Dora etc.

  1. Orlando

From small bungalows to sky-high condos, the city has it all. The on-going entertainment and activity is found here and “work, live, play” lifestyle is widely enjoyed. Orlando is full of culture and arts and has both modern and traditional entertainment options such as Florida Film Festival and Moonstone Festival. Other amenities include Amway areas, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and lots of dining and shopping options.


Central Florida is full of lively cities and vibrant lifestyles. If you are, in particular, looking to settle down your retirement, these top 5 places to live in Central Florida, are the best fit to your requirements.

About Author

Frederick Franks is a professional realtor with 22 years of real estate experience. He serves all of Central Florida.