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
Heat can beat Charlotte this way – but anyone else?
Apr 24, 2014 3:02 am
Heat beat Bobcats, 101-97, to take 2-0 series leadMIAMI — Nervous now?
Heat meander, eventually close out Bobcats 101-97 for 2-0 series lead
Apr 24, 2014 2:13 am
For just about all of the 48 minutes, the Miami Heat searched for motivation, purpose, the very type of perseverance Al Jefferson was providing for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Miami Dolphins 2014 schedule released
Apr 24, 2014 12:02 am
The Dolphins will host the New England Patriots in Miami's season opener Sept. 7.
Sunrise takes stand against puppy mills
Apr 23, 2014 11:59 pm
A new city law aims to protect animal lovers from unknowingly buying a sick dog born in a puppy mill.
Live updates: Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat
Apr 23, 2014 10:51 pm
FCAT problems fixed in Broward, Palm Beach
Apr 23, 2014 10:24 pm
Computer problems that prevented some students from taking the FCAT Tuesday appear to be solved in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Bond denied for man accused of leaving injured bicyclist behind dumpster
Apr 23, 2014 10:19 pm
A Pompano Beach man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his car, leaving the injured man behind a dumpster and not calling authorities will remain in jail until trial, a court ruled Wednesday.
Woman spent elderly Alzheimer's patient's money on penthouse, Bentley, say police
Apr 23, 2014 8:52 pm
Nancy Tsai, 66, facing theft, exploitation of elderly person chargesRavaged by Alzheimer's, a 92-year-old Palm Beach woman's mental capacity was deemed non-existent. She reacted to her surroundings as...
Baywatch at 25: The most famous alums | Photos
Apr 23, 2014 6:04 pm
It's been 25 years since David Hasselhoff and company began running the beaches of Los Angeles County in red swimsuits.
New specialty license plates hit Florida roads | Photos
Apr 23, 2014 5:07 pm
The specialty license plate spigot has been tightened in the last few years, but there are still drops getting through including two new plates on the road this year and at least four new potential pl...
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Englewood Rams enjoying a season to remember
Apr 23, 2014 11:55 pm
First Coast Sports anchor Chris Porter took the sportscast on the road to Englewood High School Wednesday night.
Profane graffiti sprayed on church, windows broken
Apr 23, 2014 10:54 pm
Police are searching for a criminal mischief suspect after the Epiphany Baptist Church was vandalized early Wednesday morning.
Enjoying the calm and comfortable ahead of the humidity
Apr 23, 2014 10:19 pm
A weather delight
Free fertility seminar offers chance to win treatment
Apr 23, 2014 10:15 pm
Local fertility experts are offering a free seminar to help couples get pregnant.
Columbia County High School gun threat found to be hoax
Apr 23, 2014 9:46 pm
Columbia County High School is on lockdown, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
St. Johns River Ferry gets $900K grant for operations
Apr 23, 2014 9:08 pm
The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a grant for $900,000 to the St. Johns River Ferry.
Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 schedule released
Apr 23, 2014 8:07 pm
The Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 full schedule has been released.
Nonprofit dedicated solely to Hemming Plaza revival
Apr 23, 2014 7:52 pm
Hemming Plaza could undergo huge changes if a newly formed nonprofit group is successful.
Edward Waters College gets historical marker
Apr 23, 2014 7:42 pm
The school is the oldest private and historically black college in the Sunshine State.
Shredding event on Thursday at EverBank Field
Apr 23, 2014 7:36 pm
Shred for Good is teaming up with the Jaguars and InstaRamp for the event.