Now that you’re working from home, you can live anywhere you want.
Why not consider moving to Florida?
Did you know that last year, Florida was in the top five states that people began moving to?
If you’re considering a move to Florida, we know it can be difficult to ignore the daily stories about the infamous “Florida Man.” In fact, you might have some reservations.
What if we told you that the pros to living in Florida outweigh the cons and that the majority of Floridians are not headline material?
Read on to find out the top 10 reasons why moving to Florida just might be the best decision you’ve ever made.
1. Beach, Please
I mean, come on. Who doesn’t want to live near the beach?
Even if you don’t live directly on the coast, you’re only about a 2-hour drive away from the beach no matter where you live in Florida.
Not only that, but living inland can all but guarantee that you won’t experience the worst part of most hurricanes and you get to avoid the pricey tag of beachfront living.
2. The Weather Is Beautiful
Florida weather gets a bad rap because of hurricane season, but the Sunshine State is aptly named. With 200+ days of sun every year, there are few other states that can rival it.
Ultimately, more sunshine equals more opportunities to go outside and enjoy all Florida has to offer. True, we don’t have all four seasons, but it does get cool enough to open our windows and screen doors every once in a while.
We can confidently say there is almost a 0% chance of snow and any flurries we do get don’t stick to the ground. We know this is resonating with Northerners who spend their winters shoveling snow!
Flip flops are almost always a perfect choice of footwear and we frequently wear shorts on Christmas. What’s not to love about that?
3. Cape Canaveral
Fancy watching a rocket launch? You won’t be too far from Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center.
It makes for a great day trip and educational experience. Occasionally a launch will be “scrubbed” (i.e. canceled) but the good news is that you can just drive right back when it’s rescheduled to launch. If you play your cards right, you might even be able to see it from your backyard.
4. Cost of Living
True, Florida is not the cheapest place to live but it’s also not the most expensive.
Florida tends to be in the middle for the cost of living—with the exception of beach areas and Miami, which tend to be a bit pricier.
As you move inland, the homes are less expensive. The average home price in Florida is $282,000, just $1,000 more than the national average.
5. State Parks
There are an impressive 175 state parks in Florida, each with its own unique qualities.
Wekiva Springs is known for its tranquil 72-degree (year round!) waters and party atmosphere. It is very family friendly and makes for a wonderful day out.
Blue Springs is known for their manatees. During the winter months, hundreds of manatees escape the cold waters for the relative warmth of Blue Springs. You can’t swim with the manatees, but seeing them keeping warm in the spring is majestic. Blue Springs also has camping and a nice long hiking trail to keep you busy.
Other parks throughout the state offer geo-seeking, boat tours, and stargazing, so get out there and see what Florida has to offer.
6. Play Ball!
While most states boast maybe one or two major sports teams, Florida has a collection: the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, just to name a few. College ball fans will love cheering on the Gators, Seminoles, or the UCF knights who ran an undefeated season in 2017.
There’s also several hockey, soccer, and baseball teams, if that’s more your speed.
7. Theme Parks
You can’t mention Florida without mentioning the theme parks.
Florida has Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, Legoland, Busch Gardens, Sea World, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios (not to mention the smaller attractions, like Fun Spot).
It gets touristy during summer break and other holidays, but there’s always Florida resident discounts. They like to push locals to the parks with monetary incentives and the discounts can really save some money.
You will be living where most people vacation…so it’s really easy to find something to do.
The awesome part is that because there are so many options, you won’t have to figure out funding for plane tickets to fly to your destination. There are party towns, beaches, camping, and theme parks all in one state!
9. Local Events
Floridians really know how to throw a festival.
On any given weekend, you can find a plethora of farmer’s markets and other unique events. One of our favorite (and very Floridian) festivals is the Key Lime Festival. They have a ton of fun things to do, including a pie-eating contest and sampling lots of key lime treats.
Ok, so maybe this one isn’t on everyone’s list, but it should be.
Publix is a staple in Florida grocery store chains and you can basically find one on every corner. Publix has done a lot of upgrading over the last few years and you can find your typical groceries as well as a lot of health food items too.
And if you’ve never had a Publix sub, have you really lived? Publix subs are much more than your average deli sandwich. Not only is their bread baked fresh daily, but they cut the meat and cheese right in front of you. They carefully place all of your fixings on your sub and send you on your way. You can even make it a meal and grab a fountain drink and some chips for a few bucks more.
What Are You Waiting For?
We know that any move can be stressful, especially if you don’t know the area you’re moving to.
Unfortunately, Florida regularly makes headlines…but for all the wrong reasons. The list above is not exhaustive and there are many other gems waiting to be discovered in Florida.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start indulging your dreams of moving to Florida.