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FloridaThe 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.

Quality-of-life statistics for Florida

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Moving to Florida
Fast Facts

Find a job: Florida Employment Guide

Get a driver's license: Obtaining Your Florida Driver License or Identification Card

Start a business: Starting a Business in Florida

Retire to Florida: Top 10 Places to Retire in Florida


Demographics : (Florida Census Data)
Major cities: Jacksonville, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, St. Petersburg
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

Cost 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.

Housing & 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

Schools : see Florida Department of Education

Weather : 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.

Crime : see Florida's Crime Rate

also see -> Florida beaches | Florida eviction laws | Florida taxes

Florida tourist attractions | Florida outlet malls

More about relocating to Florida around the Web:


Moving to Florida - Portal to official state information on cost of living, tips on house hunting and Florida real estate, employment, starting a business, links to schools and communities, weather facts.

Florida City-Data Forums - Busy message boards with tips on relocating to Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa and other cities with advice on finding employment, housing and real estate, local weather, cost of living and crime statistics.

Miami Relocation Guide - Useful insider tips and information from with feature articles on the local job market, finding a home or renting an apartment, highway maps and driving advice, plus local news & related online forum.

Kissimmee Travel & Area Info - Orlando's next door neighbor with information on local neighborhoods, churches, hospitals, WI-FI hot spots, and related resources.

Living in Jax- Helpful guide from the Jacksonville chamber of commerce with information on personal and real estate taxes plus more on living and working in Jacksonville, area maps, photos.

Florida Real Estate, Apartments & Job Classifieds:

Orlando : Sentinel
Miami : Herald
Fort Lauderdale : Sun-Sentinel
Tampa : Tribune | Tampa Bay Online

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