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
Traffic tie-up: Will new technology unclog Boca in time?
Apr 20, 2014 3:48 am
Boca Raton is turning down $38.2 million from the state and $9.6 million from the state and county that would have widened two congested roads: the western portion of Palmetto Park Road, and Federal H...
Alvarez two-hits Mariners for series-clinching Marlins win
Apr 20, 2014 2:56 am
Henderson Alvarez faced one batter more than the minimum in a dominating performance over the Mariners at Marlins Park.Lloyd McClendon has seen just about enough of Henderson Alvarez.
Repeat teen burglars vex Fort Lauderdale | Video
Apr 20, 2014 1:37 am
With a juvenile justice system that emphasizes rehabilitation over incarceration, residents of some Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are tired of seeing the same teens break into homes again and again wi...
Deputies focus on helping the homeless through new course
Apr 20, 2014 1:09 am
Sheriff's Detective Monica Jean approaches a group of homeless men and women clustered in the back of a gas station on State Road 7.
Undaunted by bombs, South Florida runners return to Boston Marathon | Photos
Apr 20, 2014 1:07 am
Caught between explosions just short of finish, RJ Simms says it's time 'to make things right on the road' Veteran marathoner Randall "RJ" Simms broke with tradition when he landed in Boston...
Charlie Crist's comeback attempt to be governor depends on South Florida | Video/Photos
Apr 19, 2014 10:38 pm
Charlie Crist believes the secret to wresting the governor's office from the Republicans and placing it in Democratic hands lies in South Florida.
Some see Christ's image in 'Treesus' stump before Easter | Video
Apr 19, 2014 8:53 pm
Jesus Christ is everywhere during Holy Week, but one Orlando woman thought she was going crazy when she saw his image in the bark of a dead tree in her front yard.
Dogs get their day: Easter egg hunt draws dozens of hounds
Apr 19, 2014 8:52 pm
It was no place for a bunny — not even a human dressed as one.
Charlie Crist establishes Broward beachhead, Republicans counterpunch | Video
Apr 19, 2014 8:42 pm
Hundreds of Broward Democrats included many elected officials and local party leaders turned out Saturday and turned up with major enthusiasm for governor candidate Charlie Crist.
Boston Marathon 2014: Elite runners, novices ready to prove something
Apr 19, 2014 4:00 pm
It was an unusually gray and chilly April morning, even for Boston, but that didn't stop a swarm of Boston Marathon runners from expressing their joy at picking up their race pins.
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Two teens drive speeding car into pond
Apr 19, 2014 10:34 pm
Two teens sped past St. Johns County Deputies Saturday night, went airborne, then landed in retention pond.
Easter egg hunts will be dry
Apr 19, 2014 6:39 pm
Hunting for the sun
Operation Dress Up grants children new Easter clothes
Apr 19, 2014 5:31 pm
First Baptist Church of Oakland gives away Easter clothes to children in need
Teen remembered at Keystone Heights Funeral
Apr 19, 2014 2:33 pm
Family and friends remember teenager at Keystone Heights Funeral
Rescue dogs + PTSD veterans = Operation Orion
Apr 18, 2014 9:36 pm
Announcing Operation Orion - your opportunity to help unite a loving K9 with a deserving warrior.
Local veteran with PTSD lucky to have service dog
Apr 18, 2014 9:07 pm
Randy and Louie are a remarkable team. In fact, the two are tethered together with a special over-the-shoulder, no-hands leash almost all the time.
This is Home: April 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014 7:52 pm
This is Home: April 18, 2014
Florida unemployment rate up slightly
Apr 18, 2014 6:55 pm
Florida's unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.3 percent in March.
Owner: Yelp calls to ask for money to change reviews
Apr 18, 2014 6:24 pm
Small business owners beware of telemarketers demanding upfront fee for positive customer reviews on internet sites.
Live blog: Severe weather Friday
Apr 18, 2014 6:01 pm
Stay with First Coast News meteorologists for the latest on this severe weather Friday.