Eight other Palm Beach County municipalities also made the 'Best Florida Cities to Live In' list.

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Golf courses and gated communities helped push Palm Beach Gardens to the top spot on a list of Florida’s “Best Cities to Live In” for 2019.

The city of 56,000 in northern Palm Beach County ranked No. 1 on the list compiled by Chamber of Commerce, a digital resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“Palm Beach Gardens is as nice as it sounds, with lush gated communities and a whopping 12 golf courses,” it noted on its website.

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More are in the works, as the city is proceeding with the development of Avenir on western Northlake Boulevard. The development will include 3,900 homes, a high-end golf course, man-made beaches, a PGA National-sized conservation area, 2 million square feet of offices and 400,000 square feet of commercial space.

“Palm Beach Gardens’ No. 1 ranking is multi-faceted, and due to ranking exceptionally well in most of the metrics,” said Rob Lora, Media Outreach Manager for ChamberofCommerce.org.

“In particular, the percentage of the population that’s below the poverty level is one of the very lowest in Florida. Furthermore, quality-of-life metrics like commutes to work are among the lowest in the state, while median earnings in the household and percentage of degree-holders in the state are among the best as well.”

Palm Beach Gardens is one of nine Palm Beach County municipalities that ranked among the top 100.

The others are: Jupiter (15); Boca Raton (19), Wellington (23), Delray Beach (40), Boynton Beach (79), West Palm Beach (85), Lake Worth Beach (91) and Loxahatchee (100).

In compiling its list, Chamber of Commerce ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities — those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis — by five factors. Those factors include employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels);
education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).

See the complete list here.

This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the GateHouse Media network.