Everyone knows that Florida is synonymous with retirees and is frequently ranked as the #1 state to retire to. Favorable tax rates and climate induce thousands of retirees to relocate to Florida each year. They tend to flock to a few popular locations, but beyond that, Florida is left to the natives. Before you get all judgmental about old people in rocking chairs you need to consider much more than tax breaks and sunshine.
I recently came across this chart that ranks Florida cities according to Quality of Life, Health Care and Activities. My city did not make the cut, out of over 100 cities. I am quite sure that other remarkable locations are not included that should have been. I live within 2 1/2 hours of the top six cities. So much for statistics.
Florida is diverse, both in geography and population. We are divided into ten very distinct coasts which reflect the uniqueness of each location within our boarders. Click on the Florida header above and read about each coast. If you cannot relate to one, you will surely relate to another.
Nature lover, walker, hiker, biker, and kayaker – we’ve got that covered. Sun worshiper, beach comber, shell seeker – that too. Foodie, or wine connoisseur – there is a place for you. Big city life, clubs and entertainment – not a problem. Culture, the arts and first rate stage productions – indeed. Need constant stimulation and interaction with fellow retirees – done! Grow your own food, fish all day or help your neighbor build a chicken coop – that too. Live completely alone in the middle of twenty acres -(not sure why you would want to), but you could. From the Everglades of South Florida and central Florida’s lakes and Springs, to the Oyster bays in the pan handle, we have so much more to offer than just beautiful beaches, amazing sunrises and unforgettable sunsets.
We live here because it is where I grew up and where Malcolm’s family relocated to in the 1970’s. We were educated here, owned a business here and raised our daughter here. Now, we are retired here. We would not have it any other way.
When we considered where to retire, (in Florida) our list included the following:
- proximity to beaches
- healthcare options
- volunteer opportunities
- proximity to international airports
- affordable housing options
- small town feel
- diverse neighborhoods
- slow growth and environmentally conscious community
- arts community
Hurricanes, heat and humidity are all on the list of “downsides of living in Florida;” we get that, but it is worth the price of admission, which is pretty low when you look around at the alternatives.