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Top Cities to Move to in Florida

Tue, May. 24, 2016 Posted: 11:59 PM


While the state of Florida will always be a highly desirable destination for vacationers and retirees in search of endless summers, there is a lot more going on in the fabled Sunshine State. Florida has grown into a location that has become an appealing place to live for people of all ages with its growing economy and great real estate prices. The rising popularity of the state to all demographics is a matter of record. With more than 20 million residents, according to the World Population Review, Florida it is the third most populous state in the United States, trailing only California and Texas.

The state’s population is getting younger instead of older as more than one-half of the new resident of Florida are between the ages of 25 and 64. Only 10% of the growth in is attributable to people 65 and older. Additionally, an analysis by the Associated Press of the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey indicated that more than 40% of newcomers, in 2013, were under the age of 25.

What are the top cities to move to in Florida? Well, while there are many cities that merit a look-see, these three selections encompass a top to bottom, left to right perspective to show off the greatness of the entire Sunshine State. So, let’s view this article as the first of a series of top cities to move to in Florida.

Boca Raton

Boca Raton is the epitome of classic Florida living rolled into one amazing city. It is colorful, breezy, surrounded by beaches, art houses, and galleries, parks, and golf courses aplenty. For travelers, it is a one-stop-shop of Florida’s finest offerings, with its 16,000 acres of parks and nature trails and four miles of public beaches spread over more than 29 square miles. While there are plenty of luxury condos right on the beach, much of the actual beachfront is city-owned and thus undeveloped, a major plus for conservation. There is even a dog beach for pet owners in the mix. Real Estate in Boca Raton ranges from affordable single-family homes to ultra-luxury $20+ million dollar estates according to Palmetto Park Realty, a Boca Raton real estate brokerage firm.

Boca Raton is one of the wealthiest communities in Southern Florida. Located about 43 miles north of Miami, it is the southern-most city in Palm Beach County. It is arguably one of Southern Florida’s best-kept secrets. However, despite having myriad resorts for visitors, it is not just a deluxe enclave for vacationers. The area also features a growing economy, top-rated public schools, and several colleges in the community.

Boca Raton has embraced the 21st century and has cultivated a reputation as being a major player for high-tech startups to grow, blossom, and bloom. Boca, as it is called by locals, know by the It also features various major corporations, such as ADP Payroll Services, IBM, Office Depot’s corporate headquarters, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and more.

In an interview with Livability magazine, Mayor Susan Haynie said, “We are a city that has it all. Good schools, great employment, beautiful weather, and world-class quality of life.”

Tallahassee

Tallahassee, which is the capital of the state of Florida, offers a culturally diverse population and myriad entrepreneurial opportunities in its mix of employment opportunities. It is a thriving environment for small businesses and entrepreneurs. There are more than 31,000 businesses in the state with fewer than 10 employees and approximately 1,800 firms with between 50 and 250 employees. The population of the Tallahassee metro area is about 368,000 according to data from the latest U.S. Census Bureau.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the city is that it has four distinct seasons in its climate. Summer is the longest season as its winters are mild and short, and spring and fall are drier than summer. There is still plenty of summer-like weather year round.

On average, there are fewer than 32 days when the temperature actually dips below freezing. However, the last time the city experienced a snowstorm of more than 2.5 inches of accumulation was 1958.

According to Sperling’s Best Places, The cost of living in the Tallahassee metro area is about lower than the U.S. average, 5.5% versus 6.3%. Additionally, job growth in the area has increased by 2.34%, and the median cost of a home is about $134,600.

Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville is another city on the rise in the Sunshine State. The Northern Florida city is building a reputation as a city for tourism with its extensive beaches and numerous golf courses. The expansion of the freeways throughout the sprawling city is a strong indicator that this city is experiencing an upswing. Located along the vast St. Johns River and aligned with the Atlantic Ocean, the city is a favorite of military professionals as it has to U.S. Navy bases. Additionally, the view of the city along the St. Johns River is postcard-like picturesque.

Along with various developments in the medical field, Jacksonville’s growing economy offers employment opportunities in various industries, including banking, insurance, and transportation.

The Florida seaport city also is the largest, land-area city in the United States. There are more than 500 neighborhoods for residences, ranging from new developments to historically preserved communities, such as the award-winning Riverside-Avondale development, on the west side of Jacksonville. The city also features the largest system for urban parks in the entire U.S. with more than 80,000 acres and 262 designated parks.

Jacksonville offers a low cost of living on both a nationwide scale and compared to other Florida cites.

Stay tuned for upcoming segments of Top Cities to Move to in Florida.

Lara Sen