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Top Reasons Californians Moving to Florida in Droves

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You have probably heard the old adage, “Go West, young man”, where a prosperous life awaited westward, but it now appears that Americans are searching for a better place to live by actually heading east.

The California gold rush is long gone, and unless you own one of the original mines, the cost of living has left many Californians dreamin’ of the Atlantic coastline. In fact, in 2022 more than 50,000 people moved from California to Florida, an increase of 35% over 2021. The total number of California residents making a move away from the Golden State in 2022 was greater than 343,000, making Florida's share of California migrants a staggering 14+%. Those who choose to leave California often target relocation states that do not have a state income tax, and in the case of Florida, miles and miles of beautiful coastline. Here are the top three reasons that Californians move to Florida over other states:

Top 3 Reasons for a Cali to FL Move

1. Cost of Living - From the aforementioned lack of state income tax to the lower state sales tax and the fractional comparison of real estate prices, Florida offers a much more affordable life overall than California.

2. Beaches & Weather - The Atlantic coastline may not have the same gnarly waves as those along the Cali coast, but the waters along the Florida coast are historically warmer and more temperate year-round. And, of course, Florida is still home to the World’s Most Famous Beach, home of beach driving, jogging, biking and walking! Also, NO SNOW!

3. EST - Yes, eastern standard time is a big deal for those who enjoy watching sports and other live TV at sensible hours of the day.

It will come as little surprise if the number of state-to-state relocators continues to trend toward Florida, this year, and for the foreseeable future. If you are searching for a home or condo in Florida, we have helpful information for you. Contact us and we will be glad to welcome you to the Sunshine State.


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