Florida is an ideal state for veterans to live in. It’s no wonder so many have already made it their home and that more are moving here all the time.
It’s hard to boil down the state’s many enticing characteristics to a handful of items but almost anyone you speak to in the state call these out.
1. A pleasant climate
Florida is called the Sunshine State for good reason. Warm weather and plenty of sunshine lead to an upbeat outlook and a relaxed, laid back lifestyle. In winter, the average temperatures in the state range from the 60s to the high 70s. The average yearly high temperature is 81 degrees.
2. Great natural beauty and endless recreational opportunities
Florida offers 825 miles of white sand beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico; numerous state parks with nature trails for hiking and biking, and discounted entrance passes for veterans; crystal clear natural freshwater springs and lakes; diverse wildlife and great camping, fishing and hunting opportunities.
There’s also an abundance of sports teams, ideal for both kids and adults. The state is also home to world-famous theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Legoland and Busch Gardens.
Veterans who make Florida their home get to keep more of what they earn and have greater flexibility to spend on themselves and their families.
3. No state personal income tax and a $25,000 homestead property tax exemption
There is no state income tax in Florida and every Florida resident receives a $25,000 homestead property tax exemption. These benefits mean that veterans who make Florida their home get to keep more of what they earn and have greater flexibility to spend on themselves and their families.
4. A strong economy
Florida’s economy is the fourth largest economy in the United Sates and one of the biggest in the world. Florida is home to a thriving tourism industry, which consistently boosts the economy and is a leader in aerospace and aviation manufacturing, industries that appeal to former military personnel. The strong economy produces ongoing job opportunity and shape an ideal climate for entrepreneurship.
5. A large veteran population and numerous military installations
With over 1.5 million veterans, Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation and is home to 20 military installations. That means that the state provides many opportunities for veterans to socialize with and receive advice from people who have backgrounds and interests that are similar to their own. It also means that veterans who reside in Florida have greater access to post military defense contracting jobs.