8. Pensacola, Florida
Best Places to Live 2018 Rank: 53
Metro Population: 473,477
Median Home Price: $158,513
Median Annual Salary: $40,220
Located in the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola attracts tourists and new residents alike with its white sand beaches. Like some other coastal metros, Pensacola is home to many military members and defense companies with ties to the Naval Air Station Pensacola. While Pensacola may not draw the same influx of new residents as other parts of Florida, it continues to grow significantly. The Pensacola area grew by 5.16 percent between 2012 and 2016 due to net migration.