Florida ranks among top 10 best southern states to live in, survey finds

Sarasota, Florida, USA downtown skyline on the bay. (Getty Images)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The South is known best for its gorgeous landscapes, unique cuisine, and abundance of sunshine — all elements that attract thousands of tourists and new residents from all across the country each year.

From white, sandy beaches to quaint, friendly towns, the south has thousands of miles in heritage and culre to offer. But which states are the best to live in?

In a poll from Ranker Travel, Florida was ranked among the top 10 best southern states to live in.

North Carolina topped the list of 16 states gaining roughly 7% of the total votes. The two runner-ups were Tennessee and Georgia with 6.2% and 4.1% of the votes respectively.

So where did Florida fall on the list?

The State of Florida was voted in at number seven, coming after Virginia but before Kentucky. Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Delaware all rounded out the bottom of the list.

Best southern states to live in:

  1. North Carolina
  2. Tennessee
  3. Georgia
  4. Texas
  5. South Carolina
  6. Virginia
  7. Florida
  8. Kentucky
  9. Louisiana
  10. Alabama
  11. Arkansas
  12. Maryland
  13. West Virginia
  14. Mississippi
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Delaware

To cast your vote on Ranker for the best southern state to live in, click here.