Moving to Florida Everything You Need To Know

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If you're thinking of moving to Florida here is my rundown of everything you need to know before you go. This video highlights cost of housing, employment opportunities, recreation, as well as, the pros and cons of living in Florida.
Florida has countless beautiful beachside towns to choose from, and Florida also offers city life too. City lovers can find a fast-paced, cosmopolitan lifestyle in Miami or Fort Lauderdale just a short drive. Florida has a great deal of diversity and many cities. You should be able to easily find a location fits your lifestyle.

EMPLOYMENT
Perhaps not surprisingly, one of Florida’s biggest employers is Walt Disney World. Another major Florida employer is the local public school system, as well as the health care industry. As one of the country’s top tourist destinations, Florida also employs over a million people in the hospitality and tourism industry. Florida is home to some of the most popular water parks, amusement parks and hotels in North America, and they all need large numbers of staff members to thrive.
Many Floridians also work in the agriculture industry, as Florida has a longer growing season than most states. Some of the most popular Florida agricultural products include oranges, dairy, sugarcane and tomatoes. Florida is also home to top aviation companies and of course we have Nasa in Cape Canaveral.

Home Pricing
Florida’s median home value is $233,200, which is slightly higher than the national average of $226,800. The cost of home prices within the state varies from community to community. For instance, the area I live in the median price of a home is $253K. Some coastal communities are more expensive than others, but honestly many beachfront towns are surprisingly affordable.

Things to Do in Florida
In Florida, you'll never run out of wilderness and outdoor areas to explore. Whether you want to lounge on the white sand along the Gulf of Mexico, or catch a wave on the Atlantic coast, the Florida beaches are beckoning. But Florida also has crystal-clear springs, rivers, and lakes. Paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, golfing and swimming are always in season. And of course, you have dozens of theme parks to keep you busy as well.

FOODIE?
All along the coastline you’ll find some of the freshest seafood the country has to offer, and the best part is, you don’t need a reservation to sink your teeth into the an expertly prepared blackened grouper sandwich. As a matter of fact, Florida’s best kept foodie secret is the seafood dives tucked away in the many off the beaten path sleepy beach towns. Like where I live in Jensen Beach.
Pros
• This state has no income tax, which is very attractive, especially for retirees.
• The cost of housing in Florida is much lower compared to the rest of the country.
• The cost of living in Florida is lower compared to other states on the East Coast.
• Florida has several world-famous beaches and outdoor attractions.
• It doesn’t snow in winter and it’s mostly warm year-round.
• Residents receive discounts to some popular local attractions.
• A growing number of retirement communities are found in Florida.
Cons
• Florida is visited by a couple of hurricanes every year.
• The ‘Florida heat’ is not loved by everyone.
• The state’s terrain is mostly flat so there are not many mountains or valleys.
• There are several tourists as well as part-time residents than in the other states.
• Unlike in most parts of the country, Florida residents pay higher insurance costs.
• Since this state is warmer, there are more bugs there. Plus, they are bigger, too.
• Lastly, there are quite a lot of snakes and alligators.

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