Report: St. Johns County quality of life among best in the U.S.

by: Erica Bennett Updated:


NOCATEE, Fla. - Move over Jacksonville! St. Johns County is the place to be, not just in Northeast Florida, but nationwide.

Just ask Tabitha Miller. She and her young family just moved to the area from Las Vegas.

"We kept hearing over and over again about St. Johns County. St. Johns County. It's the new area, so much to do, great people. And we finally decided we have to find a house in St. Johns," she explained.

In a June study conducted by The New York Times, the paper ranked the quality of life for every county in the nation. St. Johns County was ranked the No. 1 county in the state of Florida. Out of 3,135 counties in the U.S., St. Johns County ranked 113th, which is in the top 4 percent.

Miller said that's no surprise.

"There's tennis courts, there's stuff. There's so much for our whole family. Everybody has a little bit of interest and it fulfills it," she continued.

For Miller, the top reasons she loves St. Johns is for education, proximity to the beach, and family-friendly feel.

The New York Times took those things into consideration as well. In addition to Miller's list, good health and income contribute to the quality of life. With all that, Miller can't imagine life anywhere else.

"I'm happy with our choice and I don't see us leaving," she said with a smile.

For the last several years, St. Johns County School District has ranked No. 1 in the state. As far as money goes, Ponte Vedra has one of the highest median incomes in the country. 

For more information on the quality of life in St. Johns County, click here.