PIGDivot I've lived in Florida most of my life. I've lived in other states, and beyond the weather year round being warm enough to avoid snow, the biggest positive to this state is ZERO State income tax. Sure, they get you in other ways, like property taxes, but the tax benefits and warm weather make Florida a very appealing place to live.
SWMBO and I are now Florida residents in retirement. We kept our VA home but spend more than half the year here. It is significantly cheaper here, not only in taxes, but contract labor, food, and GOLF, We pay a little more for gas here and insurance, but after all the math is done, we could end up here full time one day.