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The Sunshine State: 5 Reasons to Move to Florida This Year

By Dixie Somers | March 15, 2017

For decades now, Florida has been a high-growth state—a top destination to live and vacation. That continues even today, as in spite of the housing crash and Great Recession, Florida is still a fantastic state in which to work, live and play. Check out these five reasons to move to Florida this year.

Astounding Cultural Variety

Because people from across the country move to and live in Florida, cultures from all across America are represented in the Sunshine State. Florida has everything from Wild West rodeos to top-tier theater productions. It's not just Americans, either—many immigrants, especially from Cuba and other Latin American countries, call Florida home. This means, that as a resident or visitor to Florida, there is a wide variety of cultural events and foods for you to enjoy.

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Fantastic Weather

Florida is renowned for its near-constant sunny, seventy-degree weather. The warm weather is a main reason why Florida continues to be a top destination for retirees, so they no longer have to worry about wintry weather conditions. The nice weather also makes the state a great place to vacation year-round, so it doesn't lose tourist traffic at any one time of the year. The only major downside is hurricanes, but with those there is plenty of warning.

Recreational Activities

Florida has countless recreational activities, both indoor and outdoor, for both visitors and residents to participate in. From water and beach activities to hiking and wildlife spotting, the outdoor activities are endless. Florida is home to most of the biggest amusement parks in the country (that also employ a lot of people) and many major sports franchises, so there really is something for everyone. Even if you live in Florida, the abundance of things to do and landscapes to explore means you can vacation to exciting destinations without even leaving the state.

A Booming Housing Market

Certain housing markets in Florida are only affordable for the super wealthy, but in general new developments are going up like crazy. This means that in communities like Mirabella, there are a plethora of new single-family homes, condos and other living arrangements to fit every budget, need and aesthetic.

Financial Benefits

The state of Florida has no income tax, which is financially beneficial to everyone who lives and works in the state, whether wealthy or not. The unemployment rate is about 4.9%, and hiring has generally picked up. There is also a very lucrative market in rental properties, whether long- or short-term, which can be a great opportunity if you wish to invest in property.

If you've been looking for a reason to move to Florida this year, look no further! Between the amazing weather, the abundance of things to do and a varied and expanding housing market, the Sunshine State continues to reign as one of the top destinations in the country.

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. Dixie recommends looking into educational programs like Success Path for more information.
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