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15 Pros and Cons of Living in Florida


Sunshine, beaches, and palm trees, or… traffic, alligators, and tourists? People have many views about the state of Florida. Of course, like any state, there are pros and cons of living in Florida, and after living here for a year (and visiting for over five), I want to share my insight.

After growing up on the West Coast, my views of the Sunshine State were limited and included a lot of stereotypes. However, after becoming a resident, I’ve definitely learned a lot of things about the benefits and downsides of living in Florida.

15 Pros and Cons of Living in Florida


Millions of people flock to Florida every year. Whether it’s for retirement, Walt Disney World, or visiting the beaches, there are many reasons why people love it here so much. But, what is it really like to live in Florida? Of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows – although there really is a lot of sunshine.

The pros and cons below are based on my own personal experience, talking with locals and transplants, and research from reputable websites. These are the 10 pros and 5 cons of living in Florida.

Where is Florida?

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Located on the southeastern coast of the United States, Florida has a population of almost 22 million people. Known for its incredible coastline with glorious beaches, the Sunshine State is home to major cities such as Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, and the capital Tallahassee.

Also the flattest state in the United States, Florida produces 70% of the oranges in the country and is well-known for having the alligator as its state reptile. It’s a unique destination with lots to offer, including nature preserves, theme parks, museums, and more.

Pros of Living in Florida

Millions of people love calling Florida home – including myself! These are some of the biggest benefits of living in Florida.

1. Gorgeous Weather Year-Round

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Florida’s climate is a major draw for those who live there or are considering a move. Known for its tropical climate, the Sunshine State offers residents warm temperatures year-round, especially in the south. In fact, other than Florida, the only state with a tropical climate is Hawaii!

During winter, you can expect mild weather, with temperatures rarely falling below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, (unless you’re in the northern areas). During the summer months, you’ll find hot temperatures, typically ranging from around 88 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit on average.

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