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About Florida Cities

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With more than 400 cities, towns and villages in the state of Florida, these communities are as diverse in geography, population and culture as the residents that call them home.

Florida's cities, towns and villages are the centers of economic, social and cultural energy that enhance the quality of life enjoyed by Floridians. Municipalities are corporations. They were created because of the self-determination of their residents. Most often, the cities’ founders wanted increased, better quality services and local control of how they were being governed.

Cities are citizen-driven representative democracies. The services a city provides are determined by the desires and needs of citizens through community engagement and input.

More than 50 years ago, Floridians voted to include municipal Home Rule powers in the Constitution. Home Rule gives each city the flexibility to craft its laws specifically to its own unique needs. This is the embodiment of Local Voices Making Local Choices.

What makes Florida’s cities great are the people who call them home. Residents with different backgrounds, experiences and cultures coming together to create unique communities as diverse as the state itself. 


Access the resources below to learn more about Florida's cities.

 

What is a city in Florida? What is Home Rule? Why are cities created? Find the answers to these questions and more in this informative handout. Learn More
The Florida League of Cities Municipal Directory includes the names of municipal officials, addresses, phone and fax numbers, email addresses and web addresses (where available) for Florida's 412 cities, towns and villages. View Online Directory 
The FLC Center for Municipal Research produces regular reports based on the results of the annual CityStats Survey, as well as frequent research into specific issues relating to municipal governance in Florida. Find information on Florida’s cities organized by county, form of government, population, incorporation date and more. View Municipal Information
Data from the most current CityStats Survey is used to administer the League's "Find a Peer City" database. Using one or more search parameters, municipalities can search for cities with similar services, population, geography, etc. Find A Peer City
The annual CityStats Survey is a vital source of information for League members, staff and research institutes across the nation. Used to assist in legislative advocacy efforts as well as in collaborations with university and research institute partners, the data collected through CityStats helps provide a more accurate picture of the challenges and opportunities facing municipalities statewide. View CityStats