More good news for South Florida! Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties all ranked among the top 10 healthiest counties in Florida. According to the rankings by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the counties stand at Miami-Dade, 5; Palm Beach, 8; and Broward, 10. The study from CountyHealthRatings.com utilized data recorded in 2017.
Having the big three SoFlo counties on the top 10 list is a huge step up from just one year ago when Broward ranked at #19, and Miami-Dade came in at #23; Palm Beach remained in the #8 spot.
Martin County made the list at #3 Healthiest County in Florida.
The ratings take into account 34 separate health categories including percentage of smokers, availability of medical and dental care, and percentage of underweight births.
Social and economic factors such as unemployment rates, percentage of children in poverty, and violent crime rates factor into the study’s rankings as well.
South Florida’s rise in ranks suggests a movement toward healthier lifestyles. The data also seems to indicate that residents of the Sunshine State are kicking some bad habits by reducing the smoking rates as well as the tendency toward binge drinking.
Top Ten Healthiest Counties in Florida:
- St. Johns
- Palm Beach
The organizers of the CountyHealthRankings.org report have an easy way to find data on every one of the nearly 3,000 counties, broken down by each of the 50 states.
South Florida continues to top favorable lists of places to live. Check out this report on the super-hot SoFlo real estate market.
Florida reigns as king of the hottest neighborhoods in the U.S.
December 28, 2017
Seattle, Philladelphia and Vegas made it toward the upper end of the coveted list. But one place in Florida claimed the top spot for the “Hottest Neighborhood in the U.S.”
It’s no question that Florida’s real estate market has always been hot, but this particular area saw housing prices nearly double from the beginning of 2016 to end of 2017.
The affordable and ideally situated city has a strong base of home buyers and they don’t hesitate when a property hits the market. The area boasts an impressive median of 10 days for houses on the market.
Just where is this hidden Florida gem? It is perfectly positioned near U.S. Highway 19, which connects St. Petersburg in the south to Clearwater to the north.
The neighborhood and its surrounding areas are poised to expected great future job growth, not to mention low unemployment.
Jungle Terrace in St. Petersburg, Florida takes top spot on hottest neighborhoods’ list
While Florida controlled many of the top 20 places, it was Jungle Terrace, St. Petersburg that stole the coveted #1 position.
Here are a few stats from GOBankingRates:
- Median list price July 2016: $165,999.50
- Median list price July 2017: $239,900
- Year-over-year change: 44.52 percent
- Median days on market: 10
GOBankingRates conducted a intensive study of over 1,700 to identify the top neighborhoods throughout the United States. The company paid close attention to trends in home prices, home availability and how long homes sit on the market, in order to find the neighborhoods that currently provide the best buying opportunities.
According to the report, “The neighborhood of Jungle Terrace has truly taken off, seeing home prices almost double from 2016 to 2017. At the same time, housing demand hasn’t let up, with the median time on the market spanning only 10 days.”
A word of warning: the market for homes in Jungle Terrace is in such high demand, it could make the cost of buying too expensive for many.
Several other Sunshine State jewels made the top 20 list as well. They are:
9. Bayside West: Tampa, Fla
11. Loretto: Jacksonville, Fla
14. Greater Pinellas Point: St. Petersburg, Fla.
16. Allapattah: Miami, Fla.