Moving to Florida

Your Guide for a Move to Florida

If moving to Florida is in your future, you are not alone. With its spectacular climate (say hello to the year-round tan!) and carefree lifestyle, the Sunshine State has become a must-go destination for many Americans. To assist you during your big move, we have developed this handy how-to guide covering all the little details you need to know before moving to Florida!

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Moving to Florida: How Much Does It Cost?

Unfortunately, getting that year-round tan in the Sunshine State will come at a costbut it will all be worth it! When it comes to the costs of moving to Florida, there are a few factors that will influence your bottom line. The distance and size of your move will play the biggest role, so get to eyeballing your upcoming plans!

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Moving to Florida from the East Coast

To give you a rough idea of what you can expect, we have compiled the average moving costs for full-service moves from the East Cost to popular Florida destinations:

Destination1-bedroom2-bedrooms3-bedrooms
Miami$3,679 – $5,137$5,137 – $6,602$7,966 – $10,795
Tampa$3,672 – $5,127$5,127 – $6,588$7,948 – $10,771
Orlando$3,558 – $4,957$4,957 – $6,367$7,682 – $10,408
Tallahassee$3,556 – $4,954$4,954 – $6,362$7,676 – $10,400
Jacksonville$3,456 – $4,807$4,807 – $6,171$7,445 – $10,086

Please keep in mind that the rates shown above are just estimates and thus will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

Moving to Florida from the West Coast

Is the West coast your starting point? We got your back. Below you can find the average moving costs for a full-service moves from the West Coast to the most populated cities in Florida:

Destination1-bedroom2-bedrooms3-bedrooms
Miami$4,640 – $6,562$6,562 – $8,455$10,194 – $13,819
Tampa$4,475 – $6,317$6,317 – $8,135$9,809 – $13,294
Orlando$4,554 – $6,433$6,433 – $8,287$9,991 – $13,542
Tallahassee$4,393 – $6,195$6,195 – $7,977$9,617 – $13,033
Jacksonville$4,472 – $6,312$6,312 – $8,129$9,800 – $13,283

Please keep in mind that the rates shown above are just estimates and thus will vary depending on your actual point of departure and service rates of the company.

Finding the Best Moving Companies to Florida

By now we are sure you can tell, there are many answers to the question, “So how much does it cost to move to Florida?” In truth, despite the best of estimates you will never know how much your move to Florida will cost until you receive a quote from a real moving company.

But that should not be all! At Sirelo, we strongly recommend you shop around between different moving companies, comparing quotes to find the best price. By filling out the form below, you will receive up to five no-strings-attached quotes for free from reliable movers. Easy!

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How to Move to Florida: Checklist

Up for the challenge of moving to Florida? Remembering everything you need to do before, during and after your move to Florida will be quite the task. While we know you are one of the gifted ones with a steel-trap memory, just in case we have created a checklist for your move to Florida. 😉

Below we have summarized the most important points to remember for moving to Florida. For a detailed deep-dive, read on!

Checklist for a move to Florida

Sirelo Tip! Looking for a detailed checklist that covers the entire moving process? Take a look at our full moving checklist!

Arranging Healthcare in Florida

Like in many states, Medicaid is available to qualifying low-income Americans and Medicare for older individuals. If you’re not eligible, it’s recommended that you take out private health insurance.

By law, businesses with more than fifty full-time employees are required to provide medical coverage to employees up to the age of twenty-six. Not too shabby!

With Florida’s vast size and population, one will find top-notch hospitals and private practices in and around Florida’s many major cities and large towns. Top ranked state universities ensure a steady production of new doctors, so you will be ensured quality care after moving to Florida.

Working in Florida

Unless you move to Florida with a job or are retired, you will most likely be interested in working in Florida. With an unemployment rate of 3.4%, the Sunshine State is one of the states with the lowest unemployment rates across the country.

In addition, Miami is the third best city in the US to build a startup. This is another indication of the abundance of jobs in Florida, and the abundance of local talent has many large companies moving to Florida (including Wall Street 🤑).

This opportunity is reflected in the average salary in Florida, $51,908, well above the national average.

Popular industries in Florida include:

  • Tourism
  • Aerospace and aviation
  • International trade
  • Marketing and sales

When it comes to finding a job in Florida, we recommend the following platforms:

Lastly, in recent years it has become possible to start working in Florida before you move. By applying for work from home jobs in Florida, you can speed up your relocation timeline!

Moving to Florida with Pets

For those moving to Florida, it is common to wonder how you will relocate your furry friends as well. When it comes to moving to Florida with pets, the rules are quite simple. You must vaccinate your pet against rabies and be able to provide certification when prompted.

If your move to Florida has you getting on a plane, your airline will request a health-certificate issued at least 10 days before the day of your flight.

panorama view of florida harbor at sunset

Cost of Living in Florida

When it comes to the cost of living in Florida, they fall somewhere close to the national average. However, this average can be quite misleading, as Florida is nonetheless home to a few of America’s most and least expensive cities.

For example, Miami has one of the least affordable housing markets in the country, while small towns in the Florida panhandle paint a much different picture. Estimates show that a salary of $32,500 is enough for comfortable living in Florida. Seems doable!

To dive deeper, we give brief overviews of the cost of living in Florida broken down by housing, groceries, and transportation.

Housing

To buy or rent what to do? The average rent in Florida comes in around $1,790, about 8.5% higher than the national average. After moving to Florida, your monthly rental costs will of course vary depending on your city and property size. Before signing that lease, it pays to understand tenant rights in Florida!

Below you can find a brief overview of the average rent costs based on property size across Florida:

Property SizeAverage Monthly Rent
Studio$1,575
1-bedroom$1,399
2-bedroom$1,630
3-bedroom$1,800
4-bedroom$2,000

Please keep in mind that the prices reflected above are just estimates. The rent can vary depending on location and characteristics of the property.

Looking to buy? Then expect median prices to range between $250,000 and $300,000.

Food and Groceries

Total foodies will want to explore the culinary scene after moving to Florida –from Cuban sandwiches to authentic key lime pies, Florida’s food culture definitely has a lot to offer. Whether it is for a restaurant meal or home-cooked spread, understanding common food costs is essential to proper budgeting.

ProductCost
1 qt. of whole milk$0.93
Carton of 12 eggs$3.97
16 oz. of cheese$6
2 lb. of apples$3.37
1 lb. of chicken$5.25
Bottle of wine$12
1 lb. of beef round$5.49
Loaf of fresh bread$2.64
1 lb. of bananas$0.81
1 lb. of rice$1.82

Transportation

Will public transportation be a central part of life after moving to Florida? Don’t worry! The Sunshine State offers a well-developed public transport system to its residents. For a 5-mile taxi ride, costs are on average $19. When it comes to city bus fares, you can expect the following:

  • One-way bus pass for $2
  • All-day pass for $5
  • 3-day bus pass for $12
  • 7-day bus pass for $20
  • 31-days pass for $70

Plan to bring your car with you but your move to Florida has you boarding a plane? Then shipping a car to Florida is definitely another expense to watch out for. Shipping a car to Florida from the East Coast costs around $850 and $1,500 from the West Coast.

How much can you expect to pay at the pump? The Florida heat is not the only thing that is rising, as gas prices have risen to $3.57 at the time of this writing.

Taxes in Florida

Now touching on everyone’s favorite topic, taxes. Actually, we have good news for you! Florida does not collect income tax, which will be a refreshing change for Californians or New Yorkers moving to Florida.

But because the only sure things in life are death and taxes, Florida does collect sales tax on consumer goods. The state sales tax rate is 6%, with some counties (like Miami-Dade) collecting their own supplementary sales tax ranging between 0.5% and 2.5%.

Be aware, however, if you maintain a residence in another state after moving to Florida, as this may impact your tax filings depending on where your income is earned and where your assets are stored.

miami skyline at dusk with large buildings in the background

What’s It Like Living in Florida?

Popular images of Florida are well known to many, with pristine beaches, theme parks, college football and much more. But is this really living in Florida? Much of these images are true, however they do not capture the full picture.

In fact, Florida is far more diverse than most Americans (and perhaps even some Floridians!) know. To give you a sneak peak into this diversity, we detail what living in Florida is like in its three major regions:

  • Panhandle: The skinny coastal region of Florida’s northwestern region, the Panhandle is primarily agricultural and shares strong cultural affinity with the traditional Deep-south.
  • Northeast: Like the Panhandle, northeastern Florida is agrarian with close ties to southern culture, but the geography has less of the bayou flavor than you will find in the Panhandle.
  • Central: Florida’s tourist center, the central regions host both the most cultural attractions and racial diversity, attracting a wide array of workers pursing job opportunities.
  • South: The bottom tip of Florida is an island-scattered tropical paradise humming with the perpetual fervor of its heavily Latin (especially Cuban) population.

Pros and Cons of Living in Florida

Are you weighing the benefits of moving to Florida? We can imagine! It is good to know that typically people do not regret moving to Florida, despite the fact that there are a few cons (after all, into each life some rain must fall…). We dive into the ups and downs of moving to Florida below:

Pros

  • Vacation climate all year-round (hence that perma-tan)
  • Booming economy
  • Wide range of recreation activities
  • Diverse population & culture (so you might want to pick up some Spanish…)

Cons

  • Little variation in seasons (sun, sun, sun…and more sun!)
  • Limited public transport
  • Dangerous wildlife (particularly alligators)
  • High crime-rate (we’ve all seen the ‘Florida man’ headlines…)

Things to Do in Florida

People moving to Florida know that there is no shortage of things to keep yourself busy with. In fact, many report that recreation is a primary motivating factor to move at all!

So what can you get up to? Besides visiting good ol’ Mickey Mouse and working on your tan, there are many attractions on offer. For example, did you know Florida (particularly Miami) has a strong art scene?

To aid your imagination a little, we compiled a list of some popular entertainment activities in the state of Florida and their respective costs below!

PlanAverage Cost
2 tickets to the movies$26
Fancy dinner for two$94
Basic dinner for two$45
1 cappuccino in a local shop$4.38
One-month gym membership$42
One-day ticket to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom$105
One-day ticket to other Disney World parks$97
One-day ticket to Universal Studios$96
One-day ticket to Kennedy Space Center$56

Did You Know…?

  • 17 million people visit Orlando’s Disneyworld theme park each year—clearly America is not running out of Mickey Mouse fans!
  • Florida has the most golf courses in the country, with 1,300 and counting.
  • In Florida you are never more than sixty miles from the coast. Surf’s up!
  • The first ATM was installed in Miami—the idea was conceived because roller-skaters were not allowed in banks while wearing skates.
  • Florida Keys declared themselves independent in 1982 under the name “The Conch Republic” —this independence only lasted for two minutes, though.
  • Florida is home to the Seminole tribe of Native Americans, the only indigenous group to remain independent and never submit to the US military.

florida kyes marina with boats and palm trees

Moving to Florida Made Easy at Sirelo!

We hope that by now you are completely prepared to take on moving to Florida. In case you need further assistance with your move to the Sunshine State, we recommend checking out the articles linked below for further reading. Good luck! ☀