Are you considering moving to Florida? With its warm climate, stunning beaches, and vibrant culture, it's no wonder why so many people are drawn to the Sunshine State. But is Florida really worth living in?In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the pros and cons of living in Florida. From its tax-friendly policies to its natural beauty, we'll cover all the reasons why you should (or shouldn't) make the move. Let's start with the good news.
Florida is one of the most retirement-friendly states in the nation. Not only does it waive state income tax, but it also doesn't tax retirement income, such as Social Security benefits. And it has no inheritance or estate taxes. Half of the state's land area is covered by forests (26,000 square miles) that have a staggering 3,000 different types of wildflowers.
This includes, of course, our beloved palm trees. In addition, the state has more than 500 species of non-native animals including some very exotic (and beautiful) animals, such as the Indian peacock. Florida is also a popular destination for retirees. It has no state income taxes, it has a low cost of living, and its large retirement population means there are plenty of recreational activities for seniors.
It also has a large selection of active adult communities and a decent health system. The biggest benefits of living in Florida are that you can explore Disney World and Miami Beach regularly. It's one of the happiest places for children and adults, respectively. Whether you're into basketball, soccer, soccer, or any other sport, you'll have at least one team playing in the highest national league to support after moving to Florida. But there are some drawbacks to living in Florida as well.
Its humid and warm climate can be unbearable at times. Sales tax is higher than in many other states. And unplanned growth and urbanization could call into question your decision to move to Florida. In Orlando, where I live, the roads near the theme parks have bumper-to-bumper traffic practically all day. One of the reasons moving to Florida has become so popular is the lack of a traditional winter season.
Although daily beach lounges are practically law while living in Florida, there is much more to see in the state than just a pool painted blue. Also, if you've been to Florida as a tourist and have only been to tourist spots, you enjoyed the weather in places sprayed with pesticides to improve your stay. Moving to Florida could also mean dealing with natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, droughts, wildfires, and more. In addition, although housing is cheaper in Florida than in most other states in the United States, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research, the total cost of living in Florida is high. If you're planning to buy a home after moving to Florida, you'll be happy to know that your investment is worth it. Despite its drawbacks, Florida's stunning beaches, romantic getaways, natural springs and lakes have already stolen my heart and I see more advantages than disadvantages when it comes to living in this beautiful state.