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Florida's Quality of Life

Not only is Florida a great place to do business, it’s a great place to live. Balmy temperatures and white sandy beaches are just the start. Here are reasons why so many are attracted to the Sunshine State.

EDUCATION

• 4th among U.S. states for number of high schools on U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 list of “Top 300 U.S. High Schools”

• 6th in the nation for percentage of high school graduates passing at least one Advanced Placement exam

CULTURE

• In 2013, Viva Florida 500 commemorates Florida’s rich heritage and diverse cultural history — a significant milestone unlike any other in the history of the United States. Activities and events will mark Florida’s 500th anniversary, a statewide and yearlong event.

• 8 Florida cities — more than any other state — named “Top Arts Destinations” in 2012 by AmericanStyle magazine; 4 topped their categories: St. Petersburg and Tampa for mid-size cities; Sarasota and Bradenton for small

HEALTHCARE

• More than 300 general medical and surgical hospitals

• One of the nation’s foremost healthcare destinations: Florida hospitals earned 31 top 50 rankings in U.S.News & World Report’s list of “America’s Best Hospitals, 2012”; four were among the top 20 nationwide in six medical specialities

VALUE

• No personal income tax

• Cost of living below that of comparable states with similar growth and in-migration rate

LIFESTYLE

• 1,350 golf courses

• 2,300 miles of tidal shoreline; 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways

• 152 state parks

• World-class sporting events and 12 major professional sports franchises in Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, National Football League and National Hockey League

• NASCAR, the Daytona 500 and the PGA Tour, LPGA and the PGA of America all call the Sunshine State home

For more information about Florida’s outstanding attractions and exceptional quality of life, go to www.visitflorida.com