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
The best and worst retailers: Publix vs. Walmart | Photo gallery
Mar 9, 2014 5:00 am
People love to hate Walmart.
Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 | Video
Mar 8, 2014 4:47 am
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew lost contact with air traffic controllers early on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the airline said in a statement. "...
LSD-laced meat sickens Tampa family; mom gives birth while in hospital
Mar 8, 2014 4:11 am
Local, state and federal investigators were trying to figure out Friday how LSD got into a Walmart steak that sent a pregnant Florida woman, her boyfriend and her two daughters to the hospital, nbcnew...
Roberto Luongo starts second Panthers stint with shutout
Mar 8, 2014 4:04 am
Goalies first game back in nearly eight years is team's first shutout in 124 regular-season gamesIt may have felt like throwback jersey night at the BB&T Center, but it was actually a smashing hom...
Starbucks finally coming to Fort Lauderdale airport
Mar 8, 2014 2:27 am
Finally, you'll be able to grab a Latte Grande on the way to your plane in Fort Lauderdale.
Former Scott Rothstein attorney charged; more likely to face charges
Mar 8, 2014 2:19 am
Federal prosecutors filed a conspiracy charge against Scott Rothstein's former law partner Russell Adler on Friday, starting off what is expected to be a busy few weeks of criminal charges being filed...
Early Broward budget forecast looks positive
Mar 8, 2014 2:18 am
County tax rate would hold steady, bills would rise slightly under proposalThe first peek at Broward County 's next budget gives relatively good news to taxpayers: This year, the county's tax rate pro...
Report: Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people
Mar 8, 2014 1:02 am
Shamrocks will pave way for Hollywood's St. Patrick's Day parade | Video
Mar 8, 2014 12:38 am
Sunday's 16th annual St. Patrick's Day parade and festival in Hollywood was still two days away, but Grand Marshal Patrick Utter couldn't contain his excitement Friday. &a...
911 call captures chaos of twin toddlers' near-drowning in Sunrise | Graphic audio
Mar 8, 2014 12:16 am
Breathless screams came over the 911 line: "There's two dead children in the pool! I just saw bodies!"
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
1.5 million expected for Bike Week
Mar 8, 2014 12:31 pm
Bikers are already roaring into Daytona Beach as Bike Week begins on Friday.
Gun show moves after announcing guest: George Zimmerman
Mar 8, 2014 10:10 am
The New Orlando Gun show is mixed up in controversy after announcing George Zimmerman will be a featured guest.
What drives a mother to harm her children
Mar 8, 2014 8:52 am
First Coast News sat down with a mental health professional to get an inside look into what makes these mothers snap.
Sheriff: 'Dangerous' fugitive off the streets
Mar 8, 2014 1:07 am
A federal fugitive is in custody Friday after surrendering to SWAT officers.
Suspects sought by JSO in reported home invasion
Mar 8, 2014 1:02 am
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a reported home invasion in Arlington area Friday night.
2 charged with child abuse
Mar 7, 2014 11:46 pm
Two people have been charged with neglect of a child causing great bodily harm Friday.
Family hospitalized after eating meat with LSD
Mar 7, 2014 11:27 pm
Authorities say a Tampa Bay area family was hospitalized after eating meat tainted with LSD.
'Party Down South' producers pull out of Pensacola
Mar 7, 2014 8:23 pm
Community outcry, Southern pride and the loss of key business deals drove producers to seek friendlier waters.
Car crashes into Southside business
Mar 7, 2014 7:51 pm
Tense moments inside a store, when a car came crashing through the front door of the Southern Nutrition Health Foods store.
Man stabbed in alleged domestic disturbance
Mar 7, 2014 4:57 pm
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigating a domestic dispute Friday afternoon.