Being the southeastern most region of the United States of America, Florida means ‘The Land of Flowers’ in Spanish. It is nicknamed as the Sunshine State and has the motto of ‘In God we Trust’. Tallahassee is its capital city and its national song is ‘Old Folks at Home’. It is the 3rd most populated state in the United States, and Jacksonville is its most populated city. It was a prime region for the Seminole wars and the racial discriminations after the American Civil War. It is a popular city for retiring and is famous for its amusement parks, the Kennedy Space Center, and its orange crops. Its culture is a very mixed one, and many writers have been attracted to it like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, etc.
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10. Coral Gables (Cost of living index: 190.70 compared to the US-100)
Located in the southwest of Downtown Miami, this city also harbors the University of Miami and has a population of 49,631 people. It has a fascinating Mediterranean Revival style of architecture. It had special significance during the World War II because it trained and gave shelter to many US naval officers and mechanics. Many portions of the film released in 1995 which was named Fair Game was shot in this place.
9. The Villages (Cost of living index: 104 compared to the US-100)
It is the fastest growing city in the United States and had a population of 51,442 according to the 2010 United States Census. The areas initially belonged to the businesspeople Schwartz and Morse and their descendants still have a major hand in its development. This has a very less population of the young generation who are below the age of 18.
8. Cape Coral (Cost of living index: 96.30 compared to the US-100)
Founded in 1957, this city is located in the Lee County in Florida. Between Tampa and Miami, it is the largest city and is a principal town. Because of its wonderful surplus waterways, it is also popularly known as the ‘Waterfront Wonderland.’ It was founded in 1957 by the Gulf American Corporation, and many celebrities were brought in to make the place a popular city for living. According to the Forbes Magazine, it is number nine in the Top 25 Cities to retire in the United States list.
7. Palm Coast (cost of living index: 96.30 compared to the US- 100)
The most populous city in the Flagler County, this city has a population of 75,180 as of 2010 according to the United States Census. Its county has the highest rate of growth in the population department and as the city hit by the worst unemployment rate during the recession period of the United, States.6.9 percent was its unemployment rate during the recession period.
6. Sarasota (cost of living index: 96.20 to an average US-100)
Located on the southwestern coast of Florida, this city is rich in cultural and entertainment facilities. Due to its wonderful location, there is no deficiency of hangout spots like beaches, resorts, etc. The famous Sarasota school of architecture is situated in this city. The Longboat Key which separates Sarasota Bay with the Gulf is the largest key in the world. The real estate rush in this city is constantly on the rise.
5. Orlando (Cost of living index: 91.50 compared to the US-100)
Located in Central Florida, this is the county seat of the Orange County. Situated in the center of the metropolitan area of Orlando it is the 24th largest metropolitan area having a population of 2,387,138. It is the third largest metropolitan area in Florida. The fountain at Lake Eola is its state symbol and it is nicknamed as “The City Beautiful”. Being known as the theme park capital of the world, it drew more than 62 million visitors. Disney World is just 21 miles southwest to Orlando.
4. Kissimmee (Cost of living index: 91.50 compared to the US -100)
The population was 59,682 according to the US CENSUS, 2010 and it falls under the Osceola County of Florida. It was initially named Allendale but later became Kissimmee in 1883, which originates from the name ‘Cacema’, a Red Indian name which denotes ‘long water’. It is a great place to retire as it is cheap and has a great network of transportation facilities.
3. Tampa (Cost of living index: 90.40 compared to the US-100)
The Hillsborough County seat of Florida, Tampa is located on the West Coast of Florida on the Tampa Bay. It had many cultures earlier but after the advent of the Spanish explorers during the 16th century, there were many conflicts which resulted in the spread of many diseases which in turn was the reason behind the total wipeout of the native cultures. It is very much in a metropolitan area popularly referred to as ‘Tampa Bay Area’. According to Forbes, it is the 5th best outdoor city as of 2008.
2. Gainesville (Cost of living index: 89.90 compared to the US-100)
The largest city in the Alachua County, Florida, it has a population of 37,925 as of 2013. It harbors the famous University of Florida which has the nation’s ninth largest campus by enrollment. National Geographic declared Gainesville as one of the best places to live and play in America but was also declared as the 5th meanest city in the United States by the National Coalition for the homeless.
1. Palm Bay (Cost of living index: 86.80 compared to the US-100)
It is the most populous city in the Brevard County of Florida, having a population of 103,190 as of 2010.The first inhabitants f these cities were the Timucua people and its recent history began in the 1850s. the Tillman, as the first European settlers were called, built their homes along the Turkey Creek.
Florida has many great cities to offer if you are looking for a beautiful yet affordable State to retire or just move in with your family. It is beautiful with many bays, resorts, and lakes and has a series of entertainments to while away your time. This State will never fail to cheer you up. If you do not believe me, check out the awesome images Google has to offer!