Moving to Florida

Florida has a population of more than 20 million people who enjoy an abundance of sunshine and a low cost of living.
Well known for its amusement parks, sandy beaches, and warm weather, the Sunshine State of Florida set a record with 97 million tourists visiting in 2014. In fact, tourism is a top driver of the state’s economy, employing more than 1.1 million people in tourism-related fields.
Many notable writers have been attracted to the state including Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
Moving to Florida may result in the occasional sighting of a celebrity or high-profile athlete, as many are known to have vacation or year-round homes in the sunny state.

Geography & Climate

Florida has a relatively flat topography with much of the state at or near sea level. The state spans two different time zones; central and eastern.
Many people moving to Florida are relocating from colder climates to take advantage of the warm tropical weather.
Situated on a peninsula, no part of Florida is ever too far from water. In fact, wherever you are in Florida, you are never more than 60 miles from the ocean. The proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Straits of Florida, contribute to the state’s subtropical/tropical climate.
Severe weather, particularly thunderstorms are not uncommon in Florida. Central Florida annually receives more lightning strikes than any other state and is known as the lightning capital of the United States.
While it is known as the Sunshine State, Florida residents are also familiar with the seasonal storms that are common from late spring to early fall. These storms occur so frequently they account in part for Florida’s record average precipitation levels - which are the highest in the nation.

Community & Lifestyle

Florida is a state with rich and diverse cultural influences. Native American, African American, European American, Hispanic and Latino heritage can be experienced through food, architecture and community throughout the state.
Florida is known for attracting retirees with its’ mild weather and affordable cost of living, however there are also a large number of young families who reside in Florida as well.
With its’ nightlife and abundant beaches, Florida also has a reputation for being a destination for college students looking for a cheap spring break vacation. The large population of year-round students is attributable to the state’s 145 colleges.
If you are considering moving to Florida, some of the most affordable areas include Kissimmee, Palm Coast, Orlando and Cape Coral.
Florida has more than 30,000 lakes and over 600 miles of beaches, it is the top citrus producer in the country, and is the only place on earth where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the same habitat.
Ready to start collecting those moving boxes and making plans to escape to Florida? Be sure to pack a bathing suit and sunscreen. Contact moving services and get free quotes to help with your planning. Check local reviews to find quality moving companies. Movers can help make the move less stressful. Create a moving checklist to capture every essential detail.

Jobs & Local Economy

Unemployment rate is lower than the national average at 4.1% (June 2017).
Hospitality and Tourism related industries are the state’s largest employers. Other major industries driving the state’s economy include construction, aerospace, healthcare and defense.
Florida is known for its’ oranges. In an average growing season, more than 90% of America’s orange juice is made with Florida oranges. The citrus industry accounts for 76,000 jobs within the state.
Overall cost of living will vary depending on location in Florida however most areas hover more or less around that of the national average.


Moving to Florida also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:


The crowning center of the state’s tourism industry is the city of Orlando. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld are all located here. While the number of visitors swells during summer months and school vacations, these amusement parks attract a large crowd year-round.


The 1.5 million-acre area that makes up the Everglades National Park protects a fragile ecosystem. It is the largest mangrove in the western hemisphere and an important breeding ground for a large number of species including alligators, crocodiles, panthers, manatee, turtles and many birds.

Key West

Key West stands apart from other Florida destinations. On popular Duval street, the lively vibe and endless entertainment draws large crowds any time of year. A cruise ship port, the island of Key West welcomes visitors with its Caribbean flair and many entertainment options. Two of the most popular local attractions are the Southernmost Point in the continental USA and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

Dry Tortugas National Park

This national park is only accessible by watercraft. Many Key West visitors make a day trip to the Dry Tortugas. Fort Jefferson is a historic site located within the park. The impressive complex was built in the 1800s by the US Government. The beautiful reef islands that make up the park are perfect for snorkleing, wading or picnicing.

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Educational level

Bachelors Degree or higher

Some college or Associates Degree

High School or GED

Less than High School

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Cities in Florida

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