Aside from the madness, Florida is a place that everyone knows and love. It’s a place where you can sip on margaritas and watch the sunset all year long. With over 2,276 miles of gorgeous shoreline, let’s just say that you wouldn’t be a big fish in a small pond. Here are 10 practical reasons to move to Florida:
1. Florida is the 4th Most Popular State in the Union!
According to FloridaTrend.com, over 1,000 people are moving to Florida each day. Just last year alone, the population of Florida grew by 1.84 percent. By the end of 2016, the population in Florida will exceed over 20 million people. A major factor is the weather. In short, they are exchanging snow for sunshine. And who wouldn’t? In Florida, it’s sunny year-round. Sunny weather allows for more activities, such as free tanning on the beach, snorkeling in the Keys, and enjoying the number of theme parks to choose from.
2. Florida is the #1 Tourist Destination in the World
If Disney World is the happiest place on earth, is it safe to say that Florida is the happiest place on Earth too? Absolutely! Almost every park has been revamped to make space for the enormous amount of new attractions. Expect long lines at the Harry Potter rides. Skull Island: Reign of Kong is usually a few hours wait as is a few other rides. Busch Gardens has added Cobra’s Curse to lift the hair off your forearm. Also, Sea World has added Mako, one of the fastest rides known to man.
3. Business-Friendly & Business Competitive State
In 2015, there were roughly 250,000 new jobs created in the state of Florida. We are also home to many of the world’s leading industries especially with respect to marketing and technology. uBreakiFix, for example, started off in Florida by a former University of Central Florida alumni. It’s easy to see that Floridians mean business. More importantly, they like to see your business take off. Of all the states, Florida is the most business-friendly and competitive states to do business. Furthermore, the sales tax in Orlando for example, is only 6.5% while in Seattle it is at 9.6%. In short, you pay less in taxes in the state of Florida.
4. Florida – Affordable Living for You and Your Family
While other states might pay more, they also charge a lot more. The sales tax in Florida is 3.1% lower than places such as Seattle. The price of things such as gas, eggs, milk, etc. are always priced with Floridians in mind. How far will your money go if you move to Florida? According to CNN Money, by moving to Florida from California you will spend 5% more in groceries. However, you save 16% in housing, 24% in utilities, 9% in transportation and 4% in healthcare. Moving from Manhattan, New York to Orlando Florida, you will save 16% in groceries, 79% in housing, 25% in utilities, 21% in transportation, and 18% in healthcare. As the data shows, the #1 reason why people move to Florida is because the homes are A LOT cheaper. From New York alone, a family can save 79% when buying a new home.
5. Why First-Time Buyers Love Florida
The first thing non-residents comment on is the size of houses in Florida. For what you can get in other states for a 2 bedroom/1 bath, you can get in Florida for a single-family house. What does that include? Most, if not all single-family homes in Florida include 3 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths, a two-car garage (with a long driveway for family parking), and a spacious backyard for the kids to play. The prices of homes have decreased by $42,000 compared to 2006. So, now is a great time to buy! This is especially true for retirees looking for a 55 + community or families looking for move-in ready homes at affordable rates.
According to Jimmy Buffett’s guide to fully enjoying Florida, there is no better way to top off a long and hectic work week than a trip to the bar. There is a new Margaritaville opening up in Orlando. Expect to sip sangrias while watching the Floridian sunset. The new Margaritaville resort is a mixture of upscale condominiums, vacation homes and a 175 room hotel that overlooks a humongous lagoon pool. The resort is rated 4.5/5 stars and it is definitely a great way to entertain family members from out of town.
7. 2,276 Miles of Gorgeous Shoreline
Tourist, timeshare holders and many others value our beautiful beaches. Many are within an hour of driving which is as close as it gets! Florida is a Spring Break destination. With so much lush beaches to choose from, there is enough sand and water to go around. Fantasy Surf offers an indoor flowboarding experience. With infinite waves to surf, wake and skate this is definitely one for the books. If beaches are not your thing, while down in Daytona, Bike Week is an event that you do not want to miss. The event last little over a week and there are roughly 500,000 fans and bikers from all over.
8. Where Shopping is a Pleasure
Everyone loves Publix. If you don’t know what it is, then that’s probably your number one reason to come to Florida. Head over to the Boars Head Deli where you are almost always going to find a sub on sale. The Publix Cuban sandwich is a hot item that everyone seems to enjoy, come find out why! Moreover, their employees really pride themselves, and it creates an environment where shopping is a pleasure. You will find everything you need and a lot of BOGOS and great buys at Publix.
9. Most Unique & Gator-Friendly State Parks
Florida is full of many hidden gems. Gatorland, in particular, is a gator-friendly state park that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Their “Screamin’ Gator Zip Line” was voted the best zip line attraction in the United States by AOL Travel. Towering 1,200 feet in mid air, zip through the Florida wildlife preserve only at Gatorland. If you are not much of a heights person, you can wrestle with the gators or enjoy a nice brew. Whatever you choose, be sure to apply your Florida residence discount and enjoy 50% off admissions!
10. World-Famous Miami Dolphins & Orlando City Soccer!
Florida is big on sports. If you haven’t bought your Orlando City Soccer season tickets yet, it’s too late! 18,000 tickets gone, and 2016 isn’t even over yet. The clubs waiting list is already at the 2,000 mark, the chances of making it to the game is pretty slim. Florida is home to some of the biggest names in the league; Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, Orlando Waves, Tampa Bay Rays, Jacksonville Jaguars, Orlando City Soccer, and the list continually gets longer. We welcome all sport fans! Come to Florida and cheer on your favorite team!
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