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What cities are considered the best places to raise children in Florida?

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Based on school district ratings, crime reports, the cost of housing, jobs available and nearby amenities as of 2015, some highly-rated areas to raise children in Florida include North Port, Venice, Winter Springs, Gulf Breeze and Fernandina Beach. Out of the state's 69 school districts, all of these areas are in the top 10.

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Located in southwest Florida, near Sarasota and Fort Meyers, North Port is only a brief drive away from the coast and some of Florida's most desirable beaches, according to The Florida Move Guide. With a violent crime rate 50 percent lower than Florida overall, as of 2015, and as part of the highly-ranked Sarasota school district, the area receives top marks for where to raise a family. The average price of a house in the area is approximately 20 percent below Florida's median cost.

Also in the coveted Sarasota school district, Venice has a violent crime rate 50 percent less than Florida's average. The area is on par with the rest of Florida in terms of median home cost. Its close proximity to beaches and other amenities make this a desirable area.

Slightly north of Orlando and as part of the top-ranked Seminole School District, Winter Springs residents enjoy a much lower violent crime rate than much of Florida. Living close to Orlando offers a variety of restaurants, entertainment and higher paying jobs, but the cost of living is notably more than in North Port or Venice.

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