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7 Things to Know Before Moving to Florida
So you are thinking of moving to Florida? You are not alone; nearly 1000 people move to Florida every day. Its no surprise, as it is the “Sunshine State” after all.
But you might be surprised to know that a lot of people also move out of the state. Most after relocating and realizing Florida isn’t for them.
There is so much to love about living in Florida, but it can be very different from many other parts of the USA.
Here are seven things you need to know before moving to Florida to decide if it is the right move for you.
We all know about the beautiful year-round weather. During winter, the temperature rarely drops below 60 °F. The shortest days still offer over 10 hours of sunlight.
But during summer, do not expect temperatures to drop much below 77 °F for three months or more. The summer heat can be a welcome relief for holidaymakers but can become challenging for residents not used to consecutive months.
You also won’t have your white Christmas and might find yourself missing your northern winters more than you expect.
Hurricanes are common, especially in South Florida. If you are moving to Florida, you will need to study up on your hurricane safety and know what to do during your first severe weather alert.
Florida’s Population Is Diverse
The stereotypes are true; Florida is a destination for seniors. Many people retire to Florida, or live there seasonally, moving in the winter to escape the cold.
There are also a lot of tourists. Over 105 million people holiday in Florida each year. The massive tourism industry is great for Florida’s economy, but for many, the flocks of tourists can be a nuisance.
Despite perceptions, Florida can be a great place for millennials and young families. You do not need to be a retiree to enjoy moving to Florida.
The state is also very diverse, with a considerable Latin American influence.
Florida Is A Swing State
Your vote matters in Florida. Because Florida is a swing state you will see more political ads, get knocks at the door, and may find yourself having more diverse political discussions than in other parts of the country.
Florida is famous for its alligators. Gator and snake run-ins are not uncommon. But there is more to the wildlife than gators and snakes.
Florida’s wildlife is incredibly diverse. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you will love exploring Florida’s many distinct ecosystems.
You will have to get used to the insects. Florida’s climate makes it home to many bugs of varying sizes. This can make some adjustments.
Cost of Living
Florida homes are valued slightly above the national average, with beachfront towns being more expensive. The cost of living in Florida is comparable to other states.
Due to the warm weather, you are likely to spend less on heating and fuel. The biggest saver is that there is no state income tax in Florida, making it a very appealing destination for younger workers and retirees.
Finally, if you are moving to Florida, you will need to organize your move. A relocation checklist will ensure you tie up all your affairs at home.
And have a home prepared for when you arrive in Florida. You can find a detailed relocation checklist in this article.
Moving To Florida
Moving to Florida can be the best decision you will ever make. It is one of the most beautiful and unique places in the USA.
But that uniqueness can be a challenging adjustment for many. If you found this article useful, check out the rest of our travel and lifestyle blogs.