Why Do People Retire in Florida? 9 Things You Must Know

Attention Florida-bound retirees: There's more to the Sunshine State than Disney, golf and beaches.

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Why do people retire in Florida? Many baby boomers approaching retirement age are hunting for a warmer climate to call home in their golden years. So, as you sit there mulling a retirement in the Southeast, thousands of others are already on their way to Florida with their household belongings. Should you join them?

Florida is a bit more complicated than just beaches, Disney World and the massive retirement community known as The Villages. You'll want to consider all aspects of the state before packing up and heading South. In fact, we recommend you "try before you buy" — spend an extended period of time in the Sunshine State to get to know the place before you make a move.

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Bob Niedt

Bob was Senior Editor at Kiplinger.com for seven years and is now a contributor to the website. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.