New life in the Sunshine State
Located in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions in the Northern part of the States, Indiana is the 17th most populous state in the US. Florida, on the other hand, is the fourth most populous and the 8th most densely populated state in the US.
Florida’s population has been growing fast due to the flux of people, and especially snowbirds, moving to the Sunshine State from different parts of the country every day. And it’s no wonder why! Florida has great weather, robust economy, and beautiful nature.
Unlike Indiana’s humid continental climate with cold winters and hot summers, in most parts of Florida, subtropical climate with mild winters and hot and humid summers prevails. The state also experiences a great number of hurricanes and tropical storms.
Housing and Living Costs
Living costs in most popular cities in Florida are more expensive than in Indiana. If you move from Orlando to Indianapolis your living costs will increase by 7%, while the median home cost in Orlando is 79% more expensive. Tallahassee is relatively more affordable than Orlando. Living costs in Tallahassee are 5% more expensive than in Indianapolis, while the median home cost is 35% more expensive.
Besides Tallahassee and Orlando, cities like Pensacola, Jacksonville, Miami, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Fort Lauderdale are also some of the best places to live in Florida.
Economy and Employment
In mid-July 2018, the Florida Chamber Foundation announced that Florida’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) surpassed the $1 trillion mark. The state of Florida has one of the best economies in the US. Also, it would rank the 17th as the largest economy in the world if Florida was an independent country.
“This is a historic moment for Florida reaching a record $1 trillion in GDP. By working every day to create private-sector jobs, we’ve been able to increase Florida’s GDP by more than $270 billion – 37 percent – since 2010. When I came into office I made it very clear that we would get our economy back on track. Within seven and a half years, private-sector businesses have created more than 1.5 million jobs and Florida’s unemployment is at a low 3.8 percent. Florida’s growing economy is producing real results for families across our state and we now have the 17th largest economy in the world,” according to Governor Rick Scott.
Florida’s economy is mainly based on trade, financial services, manufacturing, construction, transportation services, and tourism.
Things to do in the Sunshine State
The Land of Flowers is full of life and has a dynamic atmosphere. Plan your time well and visit places like The Universal Orlando, Duval Street, Mallory Square, Epcot Theme Park, Florida Keys, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, South Beach, SeaWorld Orlando, Sanibel Island, Magic Kingdom, and the Everglades National Park.
Do you love spending time outdoors and practicing your favorite activities? Florida has a beautiful nature that makes it possible to enjoy any activity you like. History aficionados will be able to visit Fort Jefferson, Mary Bethune Home, Naples Historical Society’s Historic Palm Cottage, and Harry S. Truman Little White House.
Moving to Florida with a car
When moving to Florida with your car, you will have up to 30 days to register and title it. To make your vehicle registration easier, read more information about all the required documents at the official site of The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.