If you are considering moving to Florida, here some great things to know prior to that move.

There are many seniors who live in this state. There are other states that have more, but it is a top state for retirees, due to the weather and its tax friendliness.

“Most of Florida falls under a sub-tropical climate that creates long summers and short, mild winters.” Average temperatures are in the low 50s in northern Florida and the upper 60s in southern Florida.

The cost of living in Florida is comparable to other states. However, due to the warm weather, you can expect to spend less on heating and winter clothing than in other states.

“Florida has no state income tax, which means Social Security retirement benefits, pension income and income from an IRA or a 401(k) are all untaxed. Florida has no estate or inheritance tax. Property and sales tax rates are close to the national averages.”

Florida is a “swing-state. “Your vote in presidential elections carries a lot of weight in Florida. That means you’ll see more political ads, get more knocks on your door and maybe even have more frequent political discussions with friends, neighbors and coworkers.”

Florida is a golf state “The state boasts a high number of golf courses and hosts golf tournaments throughout the year.” With both amateur and professional tournaments happening year round, it’s no wonder the state has more than 1,250 golf courses. Here are a few up and coming tournaments:

Since Florida is a peninsula, we are in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. This means not only is there a great amount of access to the ocean for fun in the sun, but also there are many seafood restaurants available for your dining enjoyment.

Not only do you have many golf courses and oceans to enjoy, but there is also an abundance of attractions for your entertainment. I’m sure I don’t have to explain about Walt Disney World Resort/Magic Kingdom, Sea World or Universal Studios, all located in Central Florida.

But there are also other attractions such as Gatorland, Kennedy Space Center and the Miami Beach and the Art Deco Historic District which is where there are “beautifully restored buildings, mainly from the 1930s and early 1940s, reflect the city's vibrant history.”

If you are a fan of racing, don’t forget the Daytona 500 International Speedway. “The Daytona 500 race is one of the most famous and most important in the NASCAR Cup Series, kicking off the racing season each February.”

There is a saying we have here in Florida:

“Once you get the sand in your shoes, you will never want to leave.”

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.


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