Ranked by MONEY MAGAZINE as one of the BEST PLACES TO LIVE, Cape Coral is also among the fastest growing municipalities in Florida. Area residents know the reasons why. Locals say "It's just paradise"! In the ranking as one of the best metropolitan areas in which to live in the entire United States, 41 factors were listed. Factors include low crime, easy commutes to employment centers, a low unemployment rate, as well as clean air, local school quality, and projected job growth. Cape Coral rates very high in such categories. With over 400 miles of canals the city is a boaters and fish enthusiast's dream come true. Many canals lead to the Gulf of Mexico, others to lakes and favorite fishing spots. The city lies between the Caloosahatchee River, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico.