Florida Relocation Guide

Find Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Florida to Help Prepare and Plan for Your Big Move!
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Considering Moving to Florida?

Florida is one of the hottest relocation destinations in the US. And it’s not hard to see why! With the year-round warmer weather, affordable housing prices and activities galore, it’s no wonder people are flocking to the Sunshine State!

READ MORE: For more details, check out our post about the Top Reasons to Move to Florida!

Once you’ve made the decision to move to Florida, it can be a little overwhelming to consider all the things you need to do. So don’t forget to check out our Moving to Florida Checklist and download a copy to help you stay organized and keep your sanity!

New construction home in Boca Royale neighborhood in Englewood just south of Venice florida

Quality of Life in Florida

Florida offers a great quality of lifestyle but it’s not just for retirees and snowbirds!  Families are moving to Florida in search of a better quality of life with more things to do so closeby with their kids. And young professionals are finding emerging job opportunities and and abundance of nightlife and entertainment options. 

READ MORE: Advice for People Moving to Florida

Where You Choose to Live Matters!

Florida is a diverse state that offers different types of lifestyles. From the big cities to the rural countryside. Quaint beach towns to good ol’ suburbs. The lifestyle you experience can differ greatly depending upon where you live. 

So it’s really important that you take the time to research the best place to move in Florida that will suit your family’s interests and budget. 

READ MORE: Cheapest Places to Live in Florida (that aren’t in the middle of nowhere)

Cost of Living in Florida

We hear a LOT of people tell others that it’s cheaper to live in Florida. However, that may or may not be true for everyone. In reality, the average cost of living in Florida is slightly higher than the average in the US. Many people cite the fact that there is no state income tax in Florida. And while that can help if you have an extremely high income, for most people the savings from income taxes is negated with additional local taxes and higher prices in other areas.

Below is a chart to see some of these differences.

READ MORE: For more detail around this subject, check out our complete post about the Cost of Living in Florida.

100 = USA Average Cost of Living

102.8 = Florida Cost of Living

 

 FloridaUnited States
  Overall102.8100
  Grocery102.8100
  Health98100
  Housing102.6100
  Median Home Cost$237,100$231,200
  Utilities101.3100
  Transportation112.6100
  Miscellaneous96.9100

Source: https://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/state/florida

Florida State Data

If you are thinking of moving to Florida, here are some useful stats that you can use to compare with the state you are moving from. This can help give you more of a background. However, it is just an average for the whole state. For much more detail, we recommend diving into different regions and cities where you are considering moving in order to have a better understanding. 

For example, the data is quite different if you move to Sarasota versus moving to Venice, Florida.

view from the sky of siesta key and sarasota florida
  • Population – 20,278,447
  • Median Age – 41.8
  • Median Home Price – $237,100
  • Unemployment rate 3.5%
  • Homeowner rate is 66%
  • Average Household Income – $50,883
  • Median House value is $239,600

Major Employers

Healthcare is the biggest industry in Florida and employs the most people. Other top industries include anything tourism or hospitality related, including accommodations, food service, and retail. Educational services and construction are also large industries as well.

SOURCE: https://www.bestplaces.net/state/florida

Demographics & Education

For additional demographic data about Florida, check out the US Census Bureau for the following:

  • Population
  • Demographics (age, etc.)
  • Housing
  • Family & living arrangements
  • Computer and internet use
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Income & poverty
  • Economy
  • Business
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Climate and Weather in Florida

the top of a row of skinny palm trees on a sunny day in florida with bright blue sky and clouds behind them

Most of Florida is considered a sub-tropical climate. Although, there is a large difference between weather in the northern part of the state versus the southern parts. Cities such as Miami are actually in much more of a tropical climate. 

Winters overall can be quite mild, although cold snaps can happen. The northern parts of the state typically have highs in the low 50’s and may experience a bit of a frost and occasional night temperatures near freezing. It can occasionally snow in northern Florida, but typically light flurries. While winter temperatures in the southern part of the state during the day can hover in the mid to upper 60’s and rarely see frost or freezing temperatures…and really never snows. 

Summer is hot and quite humid throughout the state, and temperatures are pretty similar from north to south – ranging around 88 – 91 degrees. this heat can feel much hotter with the heat index from the sun and humidity.

There are frequent thunderstorms and a lot of rain, as you can expect in the tropics. During summer months torrential downpours are a daily occurrence, and can flood roadways at a moment’s notice.  Hurricanes may also occur from June through late Autumn. 

Still, on average Florida experiences 237 days of sun, as compared to the US average of 205. So the Sunshine State lives up to its name.

Caspersen beach in venice florida view of crystal blue water and walkway to beach from the road

Popular Places to Relocate in Florida

Florida offers a very different experience depending on where you choose to live. But before you dive into deep, be sure you understand the process of buying a house in Florida (especially if you don’t already live around here).

Use the Map Below to Explore Popular Places People are Moving to in Florida!

West / Southwest Florida

Central Florida

  • Orlando
  • Clermont
  • Davenport
  • Winter Haven
  • Ocala
  • Gainesville

East / Southeast Florida

  • Cocoa Beach
  • Palm Bay
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami

Northeast

  • Jacksonville
  • Daytona Beach
  • Ormond Beach
  • St. Augustine

Panhandle

  • Pensacola
  • Ft. Walton Beach 
  • Destin
  • Niceville
  • Panama City Beach
  • Tallahassee
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Josh Wilson

REALTOR®

License # SL3486473

Shark Tooth Realty

Let's Find Your Piece of Paradise

Ready to Live That Florida Life?

If you have any questions about real estate or homes for sale in Florida, feel free to reach out. As a licensed real estate agent with Shark Tooth Realty, I’m more than happy to do whatever I can to find you the perfect home in paradise.

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