Young professionals and recent college graduates are looking to move someplace where they can thrive and live a comfortable life. New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Seattle, and Atlanta, are some of the common places college grads and young professionals consider moving to. Although they are excellent choices for job opportunities and growth, these also happen to be some of the most expensive places in the country.
As someone who was born and raised in Miami Beach, and has lived in other parts of South Florida, North Florida, and Central Florida, I have a few reasons why I believe Florida has amazing opportunities.
As of June 2018, Florida’s unemployment rate is 3.8%. Besides Miami, there are actually a number of incredible cities with the same, if not better opportunities. Some of these include Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, and Jacksonville.
Orlando is the hotel capital of the world. If you’re someone whos interested in hospitality or the hotel industry, Orlando is the place to be. There are numerous hotel giants that are always looking for recent college grads, many of which offer paid internships. I know this because I live here.
Let’s not forget about Disney World and Universal Studios. Orlando is also a great city for people in the communication or business field.
Florida is known for their beautiful beaches. In case you didn’t know it has won the title for having the #1 beach in the entire country, in Clearwater, FL. Besides having the best beaches and weather in the country, Florida is also known for having some of the most dazzling sunsets. Pink and purple skies are quite common here. There are also over a dozen hidden nature trails throughout Central and North Florida.
People from all over the world come to Florida to test out the fresh and clean waters of the Florida Springs. You can do a number of activities such as picnicking, tubing, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Many of the springs have active animal-wildlife throughout some trails such as white-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons can be seen from the river. A few of my favorite springs are Devil’s Den, Ginnie Springs, and Itchentucknee Springs.
Many people don’t know this but Florida is pretty culturally-versed. First off, the majority of people are held up in Miami and they’re mostly foreigners. Second of all, the University of Central Florida is the biggest school in the nation. They are widely known for having a diverse and international learning environment. They even have an office of diversity on campus.
Finally the most important factor for most people: affordability. One-bedroom apartments go for a monthly average of $1,150, $152 above the national average. Compared to most of the cities I mentioned earlier, it’s the cheapest. Also, keep in mind that Florida is a low-tax state, and does not have a state income tax.