Best Affordable Place in Florida: Broward County

Population: 1,788,118
Median family income: $62,518
Households spending more than 30 percent income on housing: 53.9 percent
Unemployment: 10.5 percent
Adult population with bachelor's degrees: 29.3 percent
Major cities: Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines

This part of south Florida may seem like a rough place in TV shows such as TLC's Police Women of Broward County, but the county also has safe areas with good schools, such as Cooper City, Weston, and Davie, according to greatschools.org. The retail and health-care industries are the major employers in the county, U.S. Census data show, and Fort Lauderdale's beaches draw many visitors.
 
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