Orlando among 150 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

More than a dozen cities in Florida, including Orlando, were recently ranked in the top 150 best places to live in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.

On its website, U.S. News & World Report stated that public data and user opinions were analyzed to compile the rankings. To make the top of the list, a place had to earn high scores in criteria such as desirability and quality of life.

According to the report, Orlando ranked 68th on the list, with U.S. News & World Report highlighting that “every facet of Orlando combines to create one of Florida’s most appealing areas for business, living, and recreation.”

The City Beautiful offers a downtown area that includes the seat of Orange County government, a center for nightclubs, restaurants, concerts, and post-game celebrations. There is also the residential side of the city, which developed during the 1920s movement to feature canopied oaks and lakefront bungalows.

In addition, Orlando is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, with millions of travelers flocking to the city each year to visit its famous theme parks.

“For many residents, the theme parks are a point of pride,” stated U.S. News & World Report. “When you tell someone you’re from Orlando, chances are you’ll hear all about that person’s vacation to the area – even if it was 40 years ago.”

Multiple cities in Florida also made this year’s Top 150 Best Places to Live list, with Naples taking the top spot. U.S. News & World Report pointed out that the greater Naples area is known as a “preferred retirement spot,” offering its residents “pristine beaches, sprawling golf courses, and fine dining and shopping.”

Other Florida cities included in this year’s rankings are Sarasota (11), Pensacola (31), Tampa (35), Fort Myers (37), Melbourne (49), Jacksonville (56), Tallahassee (75), Ocala (78), Lakeland (80), Port St. Lucie (83), Daytona Beach (96), and Miami (123).

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Best Places to Live rankings are intended to help individuals “make the most informed decisions when choosing where to settle down.”

To compile the rankings, data from various sources – including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. News & World Report’s own internal resources – was categorized into the following four indexes: Quality of Life Index (32%), Value Index (27%), Desirability Index (19%), and Job Market Index (22%).

To read the complete rankings, or to delve further into the methodology and criteria used to compile the list, visit U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2024-2025.

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