Of the people who move to another state when they retire, many retire to Florida. There are many jokes* that revolve around this.
Florida is generally warmer than much of the United States (Arizona is another common place to move upon retirement) and has been relatively cheap. It became more expensive during the housing boom, as there was more than the normal amount of speculation here**.
It’s often seen as an affordable way to move to “paradise” upon retirement. Paradise here is used as a term to describe a place with white, sandy beach, soft ocean waves, sunshine and palm trees, in contrast to snow, rust, and decay.
- Florida = God’s Waiting Room
- The oldest people in the world live in St. Petersburg, Florida. They’re parents live in Clearwater.
**Florida also has a not wholly undeserved reputation for attracting both the gullible and the unscrupulous person who prey upon them. At least some of the housing boom was fueled by both of theses classes.