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Living Large

Yes, Florida has an outstanding business climate, state-of-the-art infrastructure, seamless global connections and abundant workforce … but so do some other states. What sets us apart from the rest is this: Florida is the best place to live.

Florida’s thriving arts scene includes eclectic galleries in Miami Beach, Bradenton, Naples and Key West; original works by Salvador Dali in St. Petersburg and Louis Comfort Tiffany in Winter Park; and a truly amazing collection of paintings, sculpture and circus memorabilia amassed by John and Mable Ringling in Sarasota.

Natural Wonders
Florida’s numbers tell this story: 1,197 miles of coastline, 663 miles of beaches, 7,700 lakes, 1,711 rivers and streams, 700 natural springs. Add to these: three national parks, Everglades and Biscayne — both located within Miami city limits — and Dry Tortugas, 70 miles off Key West; 175 state parks; and six of TripAdvisor’s 2018 top 10 U.S. beaches, one of which (Clearwater Beach) is the only U.S. site on its top 10 world beaches list.

Ground Zero for Fun
Many of the world’s most visited theme parks and attractions are here, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, LEGOLAND Florida and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral. So are pro sports franchises in baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer; the headquarters of many sporting organizations and their world-class events, including NASCAR, the USTA, ATP and WTA tennis tours; and Grapefruit League baseball, which drew 1.5 million fans in 2018. And Florida is a golfer’s paradise with 1,250+ courses — the most of any state — and opportunities to witness PGA tournament play at many sites.

Florida’s average annual temperature is 75°F (24°C). And no matter where you choose to settle, a sandy beach and saltwater are no more than 90 minutes away.