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
Pine Island widening south of I-595 coming in 2015
Apr 21, 2014 4:00 am
Q: Now that the Interstate 595 reconstruction is nearing completion, what about plans for the cross streets? Pine Island Road is jammed approaching the interstate from Nova Drive.
Florida communities prepare for rising seas
Apr 20, 2014 4:02 pm
Coastal areas emerging as a national modelWASHINGTON — While the nation looks for solutions to the problem of rising sea levels, some coastal communities in Florida are taking action to save...
Price tag hits $40 million for quiet zones on FEC railroad in Broward, Palm Beach counties
Apr 20, 2014 3:59 pm
A couple of times a week, Steve Stahl is startled out of his sleep by a train horn.
Lightning strikes man's house | Video
Apr 20, 2014 1:19 pm
A Southwest Miami-Dade man was left reeling after a lightning bolt blasted a hole through the roof of his house during a storm Saturday morning.
'My father stabbed me,' dying man tells N. Lauderdale neighbor | Photos
Apr 20, 2014 12:37 pm
A North Lauderdale man fatally stabbed his son when a dispute about a past stabbing turned violent, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
Alvarez two-hits Mariners for series-clinching Marlins win | Video
Apr 20, 2014 12:35 pm
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.
Pope denounces 'wastefulness' in Easter address | Video, photos
Apr 20, 2014 12:01 pm
Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine...
Lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup
Apr 20, 2014 4:00 am
While paying for a cleanup, the Florida Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of Florida's lakes, rivers and springs.
Traffic tie-up: Will new technology unclog Boca Raton 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...
Family of soldier missing since 1944 hoping for closure after dog tags found in Japan
Apr 20, 2014 3:18 am
The dog tags are pitted, battered. But there is enough left of them to solve a mystery that's haunted a West Delray man for 70 years.
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Children smile on Easter thanks to Operation Dress Up
Apr 20, 2014 3:47 pm
First Baptist Church of Oakland gives away Easter clothes to children in need
Teen charged after speeding car crashes into pond
Apr 20, 2014 12:54 pm
Two teens sped past St. Johns County Deputies Saturday night, went airborne, then landed in retention pond.
Part of Fla. history to step back into spotlight
Apr 20, 2014 12:48 pm
The public will soon get a look inside an historic house hidden in trees near the Florida Governor's Mansion.
Man found shot in head inside crashed car
Apr 20, 2014 10:04 am
An investigation into a Sunday morning crash near downtown revealed a man with a gunshot to the back of his head.
Easter egg hunts will be dry
Apr 20, 2014 6:35 am
Hunting for the sun
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.