The "Sunshine State" is by far the most popular destination for retirees in America. Blessed with a warm climate and an almost dizzying number of recreational choices, Florida attracts so many seniors (and other new residents) that it is consistently one of the fastest-growing states in the U.S. As recently as 2005, one Florida county (Flagler) had the highest growth rate in the country, and 14 made the list of the hundred fastest-growing counties.
It's not hard to understand the appeal Florida has on newcomers: an extensive and varied coastline featuring wide, sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, and the famous Keys. With a tropical/subtropical climate that encourages gardening, sun-worship, and year-round golf, Florida is filled with exciting urban areas such as Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. Historical sites like St. Augustine and Cape Canaveral are intriguing aside a surprising amount of quiet, purely rural countryside in the central and northern parts of the state.
The famous Everglades in the south, numerous theme parks and sports and extensive parks and preserves featuring boating, fishing, and aquatic activity, have all helped transform Florida from a sleepy Southern backwater to a booming state in little more than a century.
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South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Three workers hurt in Boca floor collapse
Apr 23, 2014 4:00 am
Three construction workers were injured in a collapse in Boca Raton on Tuesday.
LeBron James is most searched for athlete in Florida, along with the rest of the U.S. | Photos
Apr 22, 2014 5:14 pm
LeBron James is the most searched-for athlete in Florida, along with 22 other states, according to Google search data compiled by BestTickets.com.
Governors race: Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again
Apr 22, 2014 5:06 pm
Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has renewed her call for her primary opponent Charlie Crist to debate, even though he’s repeatedly said he has no intention of doing so. Rich, the ...
Earth Day: 33 most famous green things | Photos
Apr 22, 2014 1:02 pm
I like green things. My eyes are green. The Earth is green. It's Earth Day. So here's my definitive list of the top 33 most famous green things.
Target's free credit monitoring expires Wednesday | Deal alerts
Apr 22, 2014 12:25 pm
Target's offer for a free year of credit monitoring from Experian, valued at $191, expires on Wednesday, April 23.
Child made first distress call from stricken ferry | Video/Photos
Apr 22, 2014 11:28 am
The first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was made by a boy with a shaking voice, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn.
Trader Joe's announces opening date for Wellington store
Apr 22, 2014 10:42 am
Trader Joe's fans, let the countdown begin.
Alzheimer's patients make music long after memories fade | Video
Apr 22, 2014 9:05 am
Remembering everyday things like where you live or how to make a sandwich can be tough when you have Alzheimer's disease.
Mostly sunny and pleasant today | Weather alerts
Apr 22, 2014 8:53 am
We should see another nice day, mild in the morning, warm in the afternoon, drenched in sun.
Security, health experts baffled by stowaway teen's flight | Video
Apr 22, 2014 4:29 am
A 15-year-old Santa Clara boy who survived a 5 1/2-hour trip to Maui in the wheel well of a Boeing 767, was seen on security video on the tarmac at San Jose airport.The dark of night still draped Mine...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
T-storm for south Georgia later
Apr 22, 2014 3:19 pm
T-storm for South Georgia later
Computer glitches challenge FCAT testing
Apr 22, 2014 2:28 pm
Several FL school districts struggle to administer the FCAT because of a computer glitch.
Earth Day: will climate change affect the First Coast?
Apr 22, 2014 7:53 am
Search by zip code to see if your neighborhood will be affected by rising sea levels.
Jimbo Fisher makes a stop in Jacksonville
Apr 21, 2014 11:54 pm
Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher made a stop in Jacksonville Monday.
Council votes to add more police officers
Apr 21, 2014 11:46 pm
Monday, the city council voted on a proposal calling for the addition of four police officers to the city's current force of 61 officers.
Recognizing past Hero Next Door Valerie Williams
Apr 21, 2014 8:17 pm
Recognizing a past Hero Next Door for being a voice for victims of domestic violence who are too afraid to speak.
Parents looking for answers after alleged teacher abuse
Apr 21, 2014 7:54 pm
According to a police report, the 5-year-old is the potential victim of allege abuse by a kindergarten teacher.
Church seeks help to restore historic building
Apr 21, 2014 7:50 pm
Caution tape now hangs around Trinity United Methodist Church in St. Augustine.
Students mourn loss of high school principal
Apr 21, 2014 6:49 pm
Long-time Ponte Vedra High School principal Craig Speziale died Saturday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Scott meets with parents about tuition bill
Apr 21, 2014 6:47 pm
Governor Scott meets with parents in Jacksonville