Every year, millions of Americans move from the Northeast to Sun Belt states such as Florida and South Carolina. Here, we’ve compiled the top reasons why so many people are moving to these two states in particular. With these great perks and advantages, it’s easy to understand what’s pushing people toward the south.
1. Warmer Weather
It’s a well-known fact that many people in the Northeast head to states like Florida and South Carolina for the winter. But winter isn’t the only time these states offer warmer, more comfortable weather. Indeed, according to the National Climactic Data Center, Florida and South Carolina’s yearly average temperatures are respectively 70.7 and 62.4 degrees Fahrenheit, while New Jersey’s average is 52.7.
A warmer climate can lead to a better, healthier life in a number of ways. Greater sunlight exposure will mean an increase in your Vitamin D intake, which research has shown can help prevent cancer and provide you with higher energy levels. And more sunshine also means greater opportunities for outdoor exercise.
2. Lower Cost of Living
Simply put, things are generally less expensive in Florida and South Carolina than in the Northeast. But don’t just take our word for it. Look to the data: According to the Council for Community and Economic Research, the cost-of-living in Charleston, SC is 20.2 percent lower than that of Newark, NJ, and Orlando’s is 22.4 percent lower. These savings can be found in everything from energy rates and grocery costs to average gasoline prices. Of course, there are many benefits to increased savings. You could, for example, set aside money for that incredible vacation you’ve been planning.
3. Pristine Beaches
There’s often nothing better than a relaxing day at the beach. Luckily, Florida and South Carolina are home to many of the most pristine beaches the world has to offer. Whether you’re looking to lay back and tan or go for a warm-watered swim, both states have you covered.
Yes, there are beaches in New York and New Jersey. But you won’t see any of them on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the country’s best beaches. Meanwhile, Florida fared better than any other state with six top-ranked beaches, and South Carolina’s Hilton Head — a day trip from K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay — also made the list. These are wonderful beaches, and it seems about everyone agrees.
4. A Better Tax Situation
Here, we’ll let the facts speak for themselves.
- Florida has no state income tax, and South Carolina’s is significantly lower than the national average.
- Neither Florida nor South Carolina tax Social Security benefits or withdrawals from retirement accounts.
- In both states, property taxes are among the lowest in the country.
If you’re already thinking about the potential savings, we don’t blame you.
Now, if that’s got you excited about making the move yourself, consider a visit to the K. Hovnanian® Discovery Center, where you can take a virtual tour of all three of our Florida and South Carolina active lifestyle communities.