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Palm Coast One of America’s 50 Best Cities to Live Says Study

Wall St. 24/7 study was based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability.

By Toby Tobin
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Palm Coast City HallPALM COAST, FL – November 9, 2015 – As reported in the Orlando Business Journal, a 24/7 Wall St. study ranked Palm Coast among the 50 Best Cities to Live. Palm Coast ranked #39.

The study acknowledged that Florida was hit by the housing crisis more than most other states and that Palm Coast suffered as well with an unemployment rate at 7.4%. On the other hand, strong job growth continues to draw people to Palm Coast. Palm Coast’s job growth from 2012 through 2014 was 5%, according to the study, compared to the 1.8% national rate. The city’s population has grown 14.8% over the past five years, more than double the national growth rate.

Four other Florida cities made the list:

  • Cape Coral #27
  • Pembroke Pines #29
  • Boca Raton #37
  • Palm Coast #39
  • Port St. Lucie #40

Palm Coast statistics cited by the study include:

Population: 82,388
Median home value: $159,300
Poverty rate: 10.6%
Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 18.4%
Amenities per 100,000 residents: 160.2

You can read the full 24/7 Wall St. study here.

*Be sure to listen to me and co-host David Alfin on our weekly half-hour radio show, Real Estate Matters, every Sunday morning at 9:00 on WNZF News Radio. David and I discuss a wide range of real estate topics. Listen on 1550 AM or 106.3 FM or streaming live at http://player.listenlive.co/36561. Past shows can be found at http://www.flaglerbroadcasting.com/wnzf/#archives

reader comments
Palm Coast is now in ' The Smithsonian '
Posted by George Edward Chuddy
Nov 10, 2015, 8:30 am
I have a massive ' Bucket List '. Our little rag tag neighborhood Group - Levitt & I.T.T.'s 'Showcase Golf Course Neighborhood Group' is sometimes overwhelmed but we go forward. One of the items on my ' Bucket List' was to answer last Aprils' request from ' The Smithsonian '. Today I finally started and just sent two discs on which some of what our United States National Museum of American History is asking for.
For me this is a very joyous day. As a Palm Coast Pioneer, having bought from Levitt & I.T.T. before ' The Palm Coast Project ' opened...I now have been part of seeing ' The Palm Coast Project' in The Smithsonian. Tho' there is so much more that they are asking for I will slowly continue and this was the start and first step.

What a joyous day . I hope that this helps give a ' sense of place ' to the newer Palm Coasters. I hope you will be proud too !
Thank you for your support.

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Don "Toby" Tobin is a licensed real estate professional affiliated with Grand Living Realty. Toby is a member of the Flagler County Association of Realtors®, the Florida Association of Realtors, Enterprise Flagler, Flagler Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Realtors.

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