Sunshine State remains a popular destination for retirees around the country. Vacationers to Disney World in Orlando, and beach resorts located in and around Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona and the Florida Keys also make tourism one of the state's most thriving industries.
Florida is very popular with retirees, not just because of its year-round sunshine but because it remains one of seven US states that collects no state income tax.
With a virtual year-round growing season, agriculture is also big on Florida's top industry list with acres devoted to the state's
legendary lemon, grapefruit, and orange groves. Meanwhile, transporting all that produce has also resulted in a steady boom in interstate and intrastate truck driving jobs.
While the US continues to rebound from the nationwide financial recession, construction industry jobs are slowly making a comeback, especially in southern Florida, although a total recovery from the housing bubble will be long and arduous in the coming years, say economists.
Major cities: Jacksonville, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa,
Population : 18,089,888
White : 80.4%
Black, African American : 15.7%
Hispanic : 19.5%
High school graduates : 79.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 22.3%
Average household income: $40,900
of Living: Florida is one of the nine states that do
not impose a personal income tax. Generally, northern counties
and the Gulf Coast area are equal to or below the national
cost of living index, but climbs higher traveling south,
especially in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow
- Florida Real Estate Home ownership rate : 70.1%
Average home price: $221,950
Average travel time to work : 26 minutes
: Florida's climate ranges from sub-tropical in the
north to truly tropical in the southernmost Keys. Summers
throughout the state are typically hot and humid while winters
are mild, and frosts are rare. Lightning and thunderstorms
are a common occurrence especially in Central Florida, while
hurricanes and tropical storms threaten mostly Southern
Florida in late summer or early fall.
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