Around this time last year I wrote about Money magazine’s choices for the 100 Best Places to Live in America and spotlighted the three Florida towns that made the 2010 list: Coral Springs (#44), Coconut Creek (#48), and Wellington (#72).
Well, it’s that time again. Over the weekend we received the latest issue of Money magazine with its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in 2011. I was curious to see how last year’s three made out.
Instead, two new Florida towns made the list. While last year’s three were located in southeast Florida, this year’s two are in Central Florida.
#21 Hunters Creek (Population: 11,700)
Located just 15 miles south of Orlando, this is a family friendly town close enough to the theme parks, but far enough away from the traffic and crime that goes with them. The town, centered around a golf course, was basically built as a development called Hunter’s Creek in the 1980s and 1990s. The main event here appears to be the annual Halloween haunted house. Although I’m sure it’s a lovely place, it’s just not a town in my definition of a town. Where is their old downtown? What about Main Street? Come on, is this the best Florida can do??
#97 Winter Springs (Population: 33,700)
Located just 15 miles north of Orlando, this town is home to the University of Central Florida. Again, another new, non-cohesive “town” with no history.
The goal of this survey by Money magazine was to “find the best combination of job opportunities, fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets, good healthcare, cultural and outdoor activities, even nice weather.”
Basically, these two Florida towns feed off the job opportunities, healthcare and activities of Orlando itself. There’s a lot to be said for living near but not in a city. I guess. But I won’t be packing my bags to move to either of them.