11) Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie was hit hard in 2007 by the housing market collapse, but the situation continues to improve. Every year, the Milken Institute ranks American metro areas according to job growth, economic development and wage gains. In 2015, Port St. Lucie climbed 98 spots to number 80 on the “Best Performing Cities” report. In 2016, Forbes ranked it 107th for business and careers, 89th for cost of doing business, and 46th in job growth. Business Insider ranks Port St. Lucie one of the ten safest places to live. The median household income is $49,930 and median home price is $210,600. The metro area population is 456,200. Healthcare and financial services are major industries. Residents also enjoy watching the New York Mets spring training, going to nearby beaches and a variety of outdoor activities.