As the southeast’s most populous state, Florida attracts more full-time, part-time and visiting residents with every passing year. The state’s subtropical climate and oceanfront surroundings play a key role in its rapid development and appeal to those moving in from northern states. A total of more than 8,400 miles of shoreline abut the Gulf of Mexico and the vast open waters of the Atlantic Ocean along Florida’s coasts.

Aptly named “The Sunshine State,” Florida’s temperate weather has long persuaded people to visit and reside within its borders. Some 20 million people make up Florida’s permanent population, while tourism is its main economic contributor, surpassing the agriculture and manufacturing industries in which Florida’s history is rooted.

Dating back to the early 20th century, real estate and construction propelled Florida’s tourism to the forefront and eventually led the state to become one of the U.S.’ fastest growing economies. As such, Florida has also emerged as a leader in new job growth.

Publicly-funded education operates at a higher level than most neighboring southern states, allowing families the freedom to follow job opportunities while maintaining adequate education for their children. Florida is also known for several of its higher education institutions, including the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida State University and Florida A&M, both in Tallahassee, as well as the University of Miami.

For families, students and the ever-growing young professional population, the state of Florida is home to hundreds of public parks and beaches, some historically and naturally significant. The Everglades National Park was established in 1979 as an UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. Saint Augustine is Florida’s oldest town, which has been preserved and restored to its original historic beauty. The quaint city is home to the 17th-century fort Castillo de San Marcos, which is a national monument.

Cultural events, museums, theaters and festivals are but a few of the attractions Florida residents take part in. Metropolitan areas also offer an array of dining, drinking and entertainment options for Florida’s wide range of residents.

Find the Florida lifestyle you imagine among the properties to follow.

Marathon, Florida
Jesse Piccolo

Boca Raton, Florida
Mizner Grande Realty
Ari Albinder

Duck Key, Florida
Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co.
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