A little about Windermere

A very special place to call home "Among the Lakes" 


NeighborhoodScout has issued a special report identifying Florida's 10 best towns for families and children. Windermere has been named number one!

The report combines data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the U. S. Bureau of Census, the FBI, the U. S. Justice Department and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.

Dr. Andrew Schiller, a specialist in American demographics and the creator of the NeighborhoodScout search engine for home buyers, used NeighborhoodScout to analyze government data to identify the communities in Florida that have the best overall combination of attributes parents and researchers repeatedly cite as important in defining the best places for families with children.

His work has produced a list of the top choice towns for families in Florida.

Here are NeighborhoodScout's top-choice towns for families with children in the Sunshine State: 

1.   Windermere
2.   Boca Raton
3.   Winter Springs
4.   Key Biscayne
5.   Longwood
6.   Orange Park
7.   Fort Lauderdale (west of the Florida Turnpike)
8.   Jupiter
9.   Oviedo
10. Naples


These top towns range in price, setting and location, from the very expensive to average price relative to Florida, from smaller suburban towns to densely populated areas, and from the Jacksonville vicinity to south Florida. The panhandle was included in the research, but no towns there made the elite list of top 10.

"We were looking for those very select communities that have both top-quality public schools and an exceptionally family-friendly environment, not towns that may excel at one or two criteria but are lacking in other ways." Schiller said.


For this research, the criteria used included quality public schools, safety from crime, a high proportion of families with children in the community, many adults with college degrees or even advanced degrees, many families who own their homes, and homes that are predominantly single-family residences, regardless of the setting being urban, suburban or rural. Median house values were included to find the family-friendly towns that qualify as best values for the money in each metropolitan area.

"Home ownership is important because research has shown that it helps keep crime lower, and represents an investment in the location by those living there," Schiller said. High educational attainment by adults in the community is a good indicator that the populace places a high degree of importance on education, and is well equipped to make key decisions about the future of the community.

Many families with children in the town signifies that other families have selected the town as a good place to raise their children, and helps to promote a family-friendly environment with good social networks for both children and their parents.