Melbourne, FL Ranked #1
Of all the 125 cities that made the list, the very first city in the state of Florida to make the list was Melbourne. Coming in at #29, Melbourne beat out other Florida hot spots like Sarasota (#34), Fort Myers (#41), Jacksonville (#44), Tampa (#75), and Orlando (#78). Melbourne also came in ahead of cities like San Diego, CA (#30), Charleston, SC (#38), Knoxville, TN (#64) and even Myrtle Beach, SC (#74).
This is big news for a town that few people outside of Central Florida could pinpoint on a map! Melbourne is a metro area situated on the East coast of Central Florida. Just a short 50 mile drive from Orlando, Melbourne is home to families, young professionals and retirees alike. With a thriving tech industry (rumored to have more engineers per capita then Silicon Valley) and a modest cost of living, Melbourne has seen a huge boom in population over the past few years.