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Retire to Florida

Florida, the 4th most populous state in the U.S., became a state in 1845. Florida is the southernmost state in the contiguous 48 states.

Naples, Florida
Naples, Florida beachfront
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Most of the state is coastline with the Atlantic to the east and Gulf of Mexico to the south and west.

Large cities include Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando, Hialeah and Tallahassee, the capital.

Much of Florida's terrain is at or near sea level and the climate is warm to hot and humid. Florida is an economic leader in agriculture, aerospace and tourism. Florida is a low tax state, one of the few states with no state income tax.


Retirement Cities

Florida is a favorite of retirees and seven places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Florida videos.

Melbourne, FL
To the Melbourne, FL City Report
Ranks high in: Medical Care, Home Energy Use, Nearest Big City
Population: 77,508
City Type: East Coast, Lakes & Rivers, College Town
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
     Find homes for sale in Melbourne!
Naples, FL
To the Naples, FL City Report
Ranks high in: Air Quality, Family Income, Home Energy Use
Population: 20,537
City Type: Gulf Coast, Golf
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
     Find homes for sale in Naples!
Winter Haven, FL
To the Winter Haven, FL City Report
Ranks high in: Home Price Appreciation, Home Prices, Home Energy Use, Diversity
Population: 35,531
City Type: Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
     Find homes for sale in Winter Haven!
Gainesville, FL
To the Gainesville, FL City Report
Ranks high in: Building Permit Growth, Population Age, Home Energy Use, Nearest Big City, Diversity
Population: 127,488
City Type: Lakes & Rivers, College Town
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
     Find homes for sale in Gainesville!
Sarasota, FL
To the Sarasota, FL City Report
Ranks high in: Home Energy Use
Population: 53,326
City Type: Gulf Coast, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
     Find homes for sale in Sarasota!
Boca Raton, FL
To the Boca Raton, FL City Report
Ranks high in: Population Growth, Building Permit Growth, Family Income
Population: 89,407
City Type: East Coast, Lakes & Rivers, College Town
Climate Type: Warm & Humid
Local Resources:
     Find homes for sale in Boca Raton!
Key West, FL
To the Key West, FL City Report
Ranks high in: Home Price Appreciation, Building Permit Growth
Population: 25,550
City Type: Gulf Coast
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Local Resources:
     Find homes for sale in Key West!








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