|Population:||20,612,439 (July 2016)|
|Area/Size:||53,624 square miles|
|State Nickname(s):||Alligator State, Everglade State, Flower State, Gulf State, Orange State, Peninsula state or Peninsular State, Sunshine State.|
|State Motto:||:In God We Trust"|
|State Tree:||Sabal Palm|
For reasons of your own, you are moving or thinking of moving your vehicle to (or from) New York to Florida and are wondering if an auto transport company can make this transition easier for you. You may be one of the estimated one million “snowbirds” or “sunbirds” who call Florida their home through the winter months, as New Yorkers account for 13.1 percent of Florida’s temporary residents; more than twice as many from other northern states. You may be sending a vehicle to your college student, or you may have just bought an awesome, sweet classic car that you’ve worked diligently to find. Or you may have been transferred by the military and have much to do in a very short amount of time. Whatever your purpose, the trip from Long Island, NY to Miami, Florida is a long and exhausting trip, approximately 1,335 miles (about 20 hours if driving straight through). If you plan to drive, plan on estimated two to three days to reach your destination. If you don’t have that kind of time, you have more than one vehicle to move, or the mere thought of driving that far wears you out, an auto transport company may be just what the doctor ordered.
So what are the major differences between New York and Florida other than warm sunny days? I’m so glad you asked!
Top four top reasons to move from the Empire State of New York to the Sunshine State of Florida (if even temporarily):
Whereas New York’s culture and history are primarily based on immigrants coming from Europe, Florida’s history and culture is much more diverse. Florida prides itself on the diversity of its people as it welcomes many influences that make up a very interesting mix of food and fun. A huge influence is the Cuban culture throughout Florida, but more concentrated in around southern Florida (try eating in a Cuban deli, it will rock your world!). Another strong influence is from its original natives, the Seminole Indians, Miami Indian as well as other American Indian tribes and cultures. Most of the cities and counties received their names from Indian cultures such as Miami, named after the Miami Indians. Miami is a Calusa word which means “Big Water” (no doubt, right?). As mentioned before, Florida is a temporary home to approximately one million “Snowbirds” from northern states and Canada, so there is a laid back, relaxed feel as well. Florida has a strong Caribbean feel due to its subtropical location, so it is common to see people walking around in flip-flops, Hawaiian shirts and shorts.
Florida is a tropical paradise and the fact that it has beautiful weather for most of the year, it is a major tourist destination. Florida is home to Disney World and Epcot Center, attracting approximately 17 million visitors annually. The fact that so many families choose this as their dream vacation brings a heavy influence to remain family-friendly.
Florida and New York both have a population of approximately 19 million. However, the state of New York covers 54,556 square miles as opposed to Florida with 65,755 square miles. That’s about 11,200 additional square miles to spread out and relax. Just sayin’.
I don’t have to convince you Snowbirds why Florida is the better choice. Just spend a winter in New York. Even though the several feet of snow can be beautiful and pretty to look at on a Christmas card, by the second week of being stuck indoors, you have a strong desire to wiggle your toes and warm your bones in the bright sunshine. If that weren’t enough reason, consider commuting in the snow. The road conditions and weather may concern you as begin to wonder if an auto transport carrier can keep your car safe, but not to worry! You are dealing with well experienced, well trained professionals! They are experts!
Now as I mentioned earlier, Florida’s climate is subtropical. There is a rainy season from June to September, but between October and May; the conditions are usually dry. This makes for prime conditions for Snowbirds and Sunbirds to spend the winter months, as the sun shines approximately 241 days out of the year. No wonder Florida is the most sought after domestic vacation destination in the U.S.!
When it comes to auto transport, New York to Florida is one of the top destinations to transport a vehicle. There is no down time for car shipping, regardless of the economy. While those of you who are moving to Florida and need good news about Florida’s economy, we have it! The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the U.S., currently at 6.4 percent (DOL Nov, 2013). In addition, Florida just increased its minimum wage to $7.93 per hour in order to keep up with the cost of living for its residents.
Florida’s projected job growth is expected to add one million new jobs (1.6 percent annual growth) between 2012 and 2020. The median household income for Florida was $45,040 in 2012. There is no state income tax and therefore less of a tax burden for its residents as compared to New York, where taxes are among the highest in the nation. The median price in Florida for an existing, single-family detached home is $175,000 as of June 2013, making it one of the most affordable states to live in the U.S.
Florida is not just for retirees and “snowbirds” anymore. Families are increasingly moving to the Sunshine State to raise a family. It is more affordable to own a home and raise children in Florida. Increasing the numbers of home ownership and “neighborhood ownership” bring crime rates down as well. The number of parents with advanced degrees are changing Florida’s education systems as well. They have an expectation for their children to pursue college and beyond.
There are ten public universities in Florida and a liberal arts college to make up the Florida State University structure. In 2008, the Florida University system had 302,513 students. Florida also has many private universities. Florida has twenty-eight (28) public community and state colleges. Florida universities have some of the top sports programs in the nation as well.
With growing job opportunities, the cost of living, increasing improvements for quality public schools and universities make Florida an excellent place to live, work and play.
You may or may not be considering a move to the Florida; or you may just need to find an auto shipping company to move a vehicle for you. We want to help you by providing a FREE “No Contact Information Required” estimate and, if you’re ready to ship your vehicle, up to ten quotes for you to choose from. We strive to make it simple for you. Please complete one of our online forms located on left side of our website. SMB Auto Transport will surpass your expectation regarding what to expect from a car shipping company! We won’t be satisfied until you are. Let us earn your business!