What You Need to Know Before Moving to Florida

What You Need to Know Before Moving to Florida

August 23, 2021

If you're considering a move from California to Florida, here's look at some differences between the two states to help you make your decision.

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California and Florida are both warm-weather states, but California is typically dryer, where Florida has more rain and humidity.

On the California coast, temperatures average around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with occasional spikes up to 80 degrees. Farther inland, summers are hot and dry, and winters are cooler and wetter, with some temperatures cold enough to freeze puddles on the ground, but not much more than that. Mammoth Lakes in the mountains of Sierra Nevada can see winter temperatures as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Snowfall does occur in the California mountains.

Most of Florida is sub-tropical, with mild winters and sunny, hot summers. Southern Florida has a tropical climate, with more humid weather and more rain.

On the severe weather front, you'll see more thunderstorms in Florida, as well as more hurricanes from June through November. California does have some tendency toward hurricanes, but typically these are remnants of hurricanes coming from Mexico and manifest in heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms. You're more likely to see earthquakes and flooding in California.

Cost of Living

One of the biggest benefits of moving to Florida is that there is no state income tax, where California has a graduated tax based on income (as high as 12.3 percent for couples earning more than $1.1 million annually).

Sales tax is also lower in Florida. Florida's statewide tax is just 6 percent, with some exceptions: the rate is 4 percent on amusement machine receipts, 5.5 percent on commercial property leases and 6.95 percent on electricity.

California has a statewide 7.25 percent sales tax, with most local jurisdictions also charging district taxes that range anywhere from 0.10 to 1 percent.

In general, housing costs are lower in Florida than in California.

Higher Education

College education is typically less expensive in Florida. The Sunshine State also boasts several colleges that have made best college lists, including the University of Florida, the University of Miami and Florida State University.

California boasts some well-known colleges as well, with many of its universities garnering high rankings, including Stanford, California Institute of Technology, the University of California in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and more. The state likely has more well-known universities than Florida.

Mosquitoes and Other Outdoor Pests

It's no secret that mosquitoes love humidity and water, so it follows that Florida, with its higher concentration of rain, will have more of a mosquito problem than California. However, this shouldn't deter you from making a move to Florida if it's the best decision for you.

Family Outdoors

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