That is not true, florida is a really good place to live, people say the trafic is crazy, but go to new york and compare. Plus, 22 Jaw Dropping Photos. (However, Florida does have property taxes and school taxes based on the value of your home. And then they laugh, and I laugh with them and the conversation moves on when they’ve finished venting. I was determined to learn the life of the south and not push my northern way here. Not looking for large condo - would even consider a 1 bedroom. Century Village is just to the left of I 95, so with even a 5-foot rise, Century Village would still be OK. Thinking about moving to Florida? I'm with you--the good balances out the bad. In warm weather, simply put on my shorts, t-shirt, get in the car, put the top down and go!!! The very wealthy run this state. Love Florida? But my husband backed out. 3-4 months is enough. Place to live. Yes being here in the winter is great but once Spring and Summer arrives it sucks. I'm not even a conservative, but your political bias in writing this list is really nauseating. Had her fellow residents elected a Democrat to be governor and s/he'd performed just as badly, she'd have something to say about that as well. I do like their chicken sandwich. I plan to fly back and forth to the northeast a lot. Then this is the place for you. You’ll notice the places you frequent are no more than 10 or so miles from each other. Developers rule in Florida. Small towns with regular good people and lots of history. Lightning does strike twice in the same place... Florida's flat? Tampa has been touted as America's next great city since the early 80s. Answer: Florida has an abundance of wildlife, on land, in the waters, and in the air. Florida is packed with vacation-worthy cities that can make deciding where to live (and possibly retire) a difficult choice. And if you can’t move right away, there are ways to lower your monthly house payment until you have enough money to move. It is definitely true that Florida drivers do not typically yield to pedestrians; again, they don't care. Question: What is the estimated salary I should make to purchase a home worth $200,000 to $250,000 in Florida? I moved to Nashville recently to be closer to my adult daughter who moved here a few years ago. These reptiles prefer freshwater habitats like swamps and marshes, but they can also be found in rivers, lakes, and other small bodies of water, like your swimming pool or retention ponds. The greatest part about living in Florida is no more snow! Many days it seemed like I'd have the whole beach to myself. I’m not actually joking. Here are some other great states for retirees: South Dakota's population reports a generally high quality of life. My family of five are looking forward to a fresh start. Am thinking of returning to FL but to a 55+ coomunity that is affordable where i don't have rap music next door until 3 a.m. and drug deals in front of my house and my garage broken into.....any ideas? Most of Florida’s growth is due to its influx of retirees, so this problem is only going to get worse. There is also a lot of diversity especially in Miami which is great. With its theme parks, golf courses, sunshine and exotic animals, it's no wonder that everyone wants to live in Florida! Then come for a visit to see how you like it. I know this because I’m one of them. Top 10 reasons Not top move to Florida. Many cities and areas have the same problems if not more. Because florida lacks high temps ..but has high humidity .. high heat heats up pools not humidty. Florida is visited by a couple of hurricanes every year. It is unbearable in the summer (which is most of the year). However, the same article said that student achievement. We have vacationed in Florida in February. You can’t go 10 feet without seeing a cop. Everything is relatively close. Born and raised here in Miami, moved to Ft. Myers to raise family 20 years ago. I can’t wait to go back!! 20 Reasons Not to Move to Florida; 20 Reasons Not to ... Maybe an obsession with tanning that could be the 21st reason not to... 10 Reasons Florida Will Always Be The Best State To … There’s no shortage of Florida sunshine to brighten up your day. My favorite Florida wildlife is manatees (sometimes called sea cows). The job market and the economy: Show us the money, Florida. Jan 15, 2016 - The Florida Move Guide: The Unofficial Moving to Florida Warning, Decision and Help Guide [Stack, Ron] on Amazon.com. The states with the highest bear population aren't anywhere near Florida. How can you combat a threat that you are not allowed to name? Living in Jacksonville, FL, comes with endless perks. In the future, look for this to be done all over again. I'm a Southerner with deep family ties to the South. However, you still have to share the road with them. I got to know the weather, the people, and the businesses all unique to the state. Rents are above average in Florida--$1,587 for a two-bedroom apartment, $366 higher than the U.S. average. "Road-rage shootings are so common that the media doesn’t even bother to report on them anymore." Imagine the cost of electricity in FL vs CA. Not convincing. No rules enforced. They grow really, really large—about as big as your fist. Try saying something like, “I think I might feel better about moving if I knew why we had to do it. No mosquitos. Then Florida is the place for you! In Florida the wheater is hot thats true, but the wheater in others states are cold, there is nothing to do just be in home and wait for the summer. It’s not all sunshine, seashore, and smiles. So my advice is to look at the negatives as well as the positives of a place you are thinking about moving too. The main reason not to live in Florida is that YOU live there.You did not the west coast/ sun coast. More pollution, black lung, been all over country, nothing perfect. The snakes were enough for me. Curtis Reeves shot and killed an unarmed young father in a movie theater because he was texting during the previews, and Michael Dunn shot into a van full of teenagers, killing one, because they were playing their music too loud. A hole suddenly opens up in the ground, able to swallow up a car, house, or even a whole neighborhood. Yeah. It's true. Although pedestrians in Florida have the right of way, drivers don’t like to yield. If you want true facts, ask someone who has lived here all their life, not a writer who hasn’t even scratched the surface of what Florida has to offer. In short, people from Northeastern cities should feel right at home here. I do agree that the traffic sucks though. The rent here is costly and come o find out my rent is being raised by $50 each year. I like living in Florida. I have nothing against old people at all, but old people now are boomers. Apparently your biased opinionated article has not affected the folks who do there own research about moving to Florida. Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, although every now and then a hurricane hits outside these months. There are people begging on every street corner and in front of every store. If you’re considering moving to Florida, it might not … Written by a true lib. Another major Florida employer is the local public school system, as well as the health care industry. Florida has plenty of problems, just like Connecticut. Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on June 16, 2018: nicholas r chase: Thanks for your comment. The City Beautiful Orlando has over 100 parks and 21 community recreation centers to choose from. Giving a UZI to a nine-year-old—what could go wrong? Depressed wages. I moved to California (I know, right, someone MOVED to CA as opposed to all the media reports lately) two years ago and I absolutely love it. I live in Connecticut, and we have some family on the Gulf side of Florida. I LOVE the hot weather. Thanks. Question: Is Florida also home to wildlife? The sharks often swim in close to shore. I am the type of person that attracts mosquitos immediately so if that's you forget about going outside "enjoying the sunshine" if you are even remotely close to water (which is pretty much everywhere). Real Estate Market. We love the change of seasons, but winters are just too long! What developers want is more sub-divisions. Florida has an advantage over most other states because it has no income tax, but the lack of an income tax doesn't do yo much good if you have a very low income. Lousy paychecks. i am tired of long cold winters and slipping and falling on the ice.i am 69 and on social security.i have been driving school bus for extra money because you can't live on SS alone. 11 Reasons You Don't Want to Retire in Florida The dark side of the Sunshine State includes an overabundance of boomers, critters, sweat and weirdness. In 25 years I’ve been pulled over once in Oregon. I moved from NY 6 years ago to care for my new grand daughter. It is the main road to access the theme parks. Driver’s License: Getting a Florida driver’s license with your new address on it is fairly critical for a whole bunch of reasons both legally and functionally. Coming from the midwest, I can tell you location and expense are two big reasons why people who move to Florida move back up north. This is a particular threat during the summer months due to frequent thunderstorms (almost daily) and, of course, hurricanes. A sinkhole occurs because of the Florida Aquifer, which is the source of much of Florida’s drinking water. It is due to low funding and a deliberate attempt to undermine the schools. That’s when you can’t park on that side of the street on mondays/Thursday’s so they can come around and sweep up the garbage before the rats infest it. The heat is ridiculous. About 100 million people visit Florida each year. "In 2009, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Compared to major cities like Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the cost of living in Sarasota is incredibly low, especially since there’s no state income tax in Florida! Moral of the story: Move to Tampa, Florida. The median income was around $54,000 in 2016. It is not underwater. Talk to the locals in the area where you want to live. God forbid your hung over in the morning on alternate side day....what’s that? Sure, you might find a gator in your pool but...that's kinda' cool. The failures of the public schools are not due to bad teachers as governors Jeb Bush and Rick Scott would have you believe. Had a great childhood of lower working class parents, but we had fun. I live in Florida and it's a great place to live U-Pick places like Utah Oregon Idaho biggest meth heads it whether are you delusional or what. It’s a beautiful state. Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 10, 2018: Ihateohioandmovedtoflorida:Life in Florida is not as bad as I portrayed it. Health St. Johns County was recently found, for the nineth consecutive year, by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to be the healthiest county in the state of Florida. The next solid line on the right side of the map is the highway named I 95. However, there are so many reasons to consider moving to Tampa, … Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on August 08, 2018: Maybe you are not yet happy, but you are not cold. .This was a hard one. 10 reasons why moving to Florida is a great idea. Everyone can stay up north with their snow and stay out of Florida... :). We don't really want anymore people here. Sometimes there is a some warning and people are told to leave their house, but sometimes not. If he did know, he is a really bad criminal. After all the time I lived there, I could never get used to the summer heat that lasts for five months with no end in sight. The influx of people moving to Florida has caused some terrible traffic all over the state. What developers want, developers get. Yes, there are many reasons to leave, but there are also many reasons to stay. It’s also a police state. The Sonic commercial once said it best: 'Florida is in its own entity'. The line on the extreme right of the map the map is a coastal highway named A1--it is underwater. The traffic here is SWF is like driving on the LA Freeway. Tourists are one of them. With more than 200 sunshine-filled days a year, Florida offers newcomers exceptionally warm and sunny weather. It's home to Mount Rushmore and is the 5th least densely populated state in the country. I like it due to the close proximity to the airport and the low airfares. Florida Jobs. Welcome to sunny Florida. I've lost most of my family and i can't relate to the people that have literally invaded and destroyed the beauty of this town. It's not like it's a flat plane...it's just not hilly and that's actually pretty nice when it comes to driving and road safety. I’ve dealt with the season changing crap for decades and it gets OLD! Contrary to what people claim I’ve experienced the exact opposite. You will not regret it. I lived 20 years in Plantation FL, got married and was ready forva change so there we relocated to New Jersey. The Sunshine State is sunny and temperate year-round. Lots of "snow birds" here who call FL home in winter. Florida has many beautiful beaches, making it a great place to live. Florida is hot and it is projected to get even hotter. Orlando is a cosmopolitan city with a home town feel. Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on April 14, 2018: Anonymous: I never said that some student do not excel and that every school was inadequate.. But Governor Rick Scott has ordered government agencies not to use thew words "climate change." I am from upstate NY close to the Adirondack Mountains and to be honest I miss the four seasons. Google "What house can I afford," and you should see a few of them. Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on June 25, 2018: Kim: Of course, there are problems in Florida, but I find that the people are mostly nice and mostly friendly. I used to be an I-4 hater till I was in PA for a weekend a year ago and came home feeling like Florida's roads are a dream gift from God by comparison. Florida SUCKS! I do not agree with her political views whatsoever. The Sunshine State is a popular destination for those who want to move to warmer climes. For everybody else, not so much. Traffic? Lived in Florida for five years to give it a try and would not wait to get out. When it comes to state government malfeasance is an understatement. I moved from Ohio to Florida almost 2 years ago! Umm... "The states with the highest number of F5 and EF5 rated tornadoes since data was available in 1950 are Alabama and Oklahoma, each with seven tornadoes. Pythons are an invasive species in Florida, so they have no natural predators. Every elected state official espouses how Florida is a business-friendly community and they are correct all of the laws overwhelmingly favor corporations companies and the ultra-wealthy. On the other hand, five times more people die from a tornado in Florida than in Kansas. Thanks for the heads-up. Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on September 24, 2018: Alex Ortiz: I'm sure your comment will be very helpful to other people who are considering a move to Florida or out of Florida. by Heather Lopez. But I own a condo with 2 pools so I'm good. You can be late for anything and it doesn’t matter. My health has improved since I moved from Ohio as well. I could go on forever but i wont. That’s simply not the case. Question: We are thinking of retiring in Punta Gorda in 15 years. 13 Reasons to Move to Orlando. Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on September 04, 2018: chris landreneau: I happen to like living in Florida despite all the problems. 10 reasons why moving to Florida is a great idea. The small pockets of wealth surrounded by poverty. They occur, on average, 100 times a year, and are often accompanied by lightning. Don’t buy into the garage folks. No parked cop cars hidden every mile. 35 Times Snow Transformed Florida Into A Winter Wonderland. please keep your political views to yourself. The ground beneath Florida is composed of porous limestone which is a natural cache for rainwater. Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 03, 2018: What a great article with details and honest information. After reading this article I'm thinking to myself, would we regret this? Arizona is not the place for you. It was kind of fun for the first few—kind like a camping trip—but it gets old fast. Katharine L Sparrow from Massachusetts, USA on July 11, 2018: Enjoyed this info-packed hub, though I already knew I didn't like Florida! ?? Maybe I shouldn’t even mention the hurricanes—every place has natural disasters. A GREAT place to call home!!! To move or not to move? Answer: Punta Gorda is on the southwest coast of Florida. Electric bills for a 1300 square foot apartment average over $300 a month. In a 2017 article, the "Orlando Sentinel" newspaper reported that Florida was ranked 29th in quality and 45th in financing. Been here 8 years and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. When people laugh at Florida Man I tell them “this is nothing” you have no idea just how insane it actually is. I survived the hurricane season of 2004 when four major hurricanes hit—three of them where I live. I also like living in Florida, even when it rains. Too bad. I can actually sit outside and enjoy the PERFECT weather! Aside from the heat and humidity (which, again, is enough to avoid this place for anything other than a beach vacation), some of the points in this article are accurate. Answer: I think Orlando is a great place for retirees for the reasons you mention and more. The low-lying areas of Broward County can experience flooding and drainage issues due to saltwater intrusion. Animals are everywhere if you life in Pennsylvania you will find a bear taking a shower in your house. Most people here including the rich are miserable. Here’s a few honest tips for those thinking of moving here from the north. Car health and medical insurance are astronomical and cover nothing. On the other hand, there are reasons for leaving Florida as well as there are reasons to move to Florida. If you’ve always wanted to wear flip flops year round, discovering these other eight reasons you should move to Florida will have you heading south for good. This is true: "Volusia County in Florida is the shark-bite capital of the world." Wages in these fields tend to be low. The renovation will take six years (2015–2021). I admit it gets hot here. 7 Reasons Not To Live In Tampa, Florida › Lifestyle. In fact it’s a pretty dumb article. Sea breezes from the East and West Coasts meet in the middle of the state, causing severe thunderstorms during the summer months. I realized that vacation in Florida is great in the winter but while on vacation you are site seeing, eating out and swimmng etc. I like the hot weather and love the beach. Florida Has Top-Rated Beaches. Not to mention, the median age in Jacksonville is 35—younger than any other city in Florida. You do realize, if Florida did not have a majority of people from other states and they would all just go back to where they came from, there would not be the ever so many issues involving the ignorance and stupidity of people :D, this was a really good articel i thank whoever wrote this it was very helpful. I experienced 30% increase in rent per year. None. Also, you spend more time indoors than you'd imagine. I'm not sure I'd ever move to the USA but I sure enjoyed reading this article. I have more money in my pocket, larger house, less property taxes, people are nicer and polite - no tolls and a Chick Fil A in every corner. Florida is among states with the biggest uptick." Not to be negative but there is a high confidence that the family member does not have long to live. Nobody in my area knows of the Island that I go to. In theory, could they occur anywhere in the state? The sales tax is 6%.). But the Sunshine State has its detractors too; a Florida retirement is not for everyone. 1- Generally speaking people from north east highly aggressive. Look up what Florida really is. Weather and Climate Every day is a beautiful day in Orlando… In fact, over 95% of the year, the sun is shining down on this beautiful […] Thank you! Crime should be another factor when considering moving to Central Florida. The strangest news stories seem to come from there! The hight school graduation rate is lowest in the nation. 1 year ago. Answer: Florida ranks 38 on the 50 stats in the U.S. for personal income. If you want to move somewhere because all you care about is not paying state tax, having an excessively large house that will require constant cooling and maintenance, and having politicians with (R) behind there name, then Florida is just right for you! So dont be jealous if you can't live in florida. However, it is only 20 to 30 attacks per year and most are not fatal. Located on the Gulf Coast in southwest Florida, Naples offers white sandy beaches, family-friendly restaurants, art galleries, swanky … Related. Some will forever love it. Move to Naples and you can make it happen. That’s a lot of people. I suggest that you talk to your family members who live in Punta Gorda. I LOVE it!!! Florida has hurricanes...but one passed us by and slammed into NJ. Increasing temperatures in the state present many challenges and public health dangers. Crime should be another factor when considering moving to Central Florida. 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