Sinkholes in Florida and The Worst Place to Live 3 comments

There are more sinkholes in Florida than any other state

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the guy who got swallowed by a sinkhole in his own home and his sinkholes in floridabrother’s attempt to save him. Sinkholes in Florida are yet another issue that most people moving to what they think is paradise never consider.

Homeowners, Wind, Flood and throw in some sinkhole coverage while you’re at it. Figuring out what insurance to carry on a home in Florida is not as easy as in most other states. Actually that’s not completely true. If you get a mortgage to buy your home, the lender will tell you what coverage you must have or they won’t lend the money. Many buyers who are new to the state are often shocked to find out how much it can cost to insure your adobe in the sunshine state.

Video About Sinkhole Swallowing Resort Near Disney

The video has some good information but they have a political agenda.


Sinkholes can affect any home in Florida according to sinkhole experts from the state. The area around Tampa Bay, especially Hillsboro County is particularly active. Over 500 sinkholes have been reported there since 1974 when they started keeping track.

While your mortgage company may not require sinkhole coverage (yet) it may be a smart move to make sure you’re covered just in case. You can consider the additional cost a “paradise tax”. All insurance companies offering homeowners in Florida are required by law to provide the coverage if you want it. Chances are, being swallowed alive while minding your own business at home will probably never happen to you. But if large cracks in your foundation and worst start to happen you’ll be glad you spent the extra dollars.

Sinkhole in Florida Swallows Homes and Boat 40 Miles from Tampa November 2013

The smaller sinkholes that develop in Florida are usually only covered by local news outlets. The big ones that swallow homes, resorts or people can make the national news. Such events have seemed to increase in 2013.

Florida no longer dominates Forbes Magazine’s list of worst places to live

No long ago, Forbes named Miami as the most miserable place to live in the U.S. Tampa and Fort Lauderdale were also in the top 10 of miserable places. The article that accompanied the list singled out Florida as a particularly miserable state. This year they changed some of the criteria used when choosing what makes one city a worst place to live than somewhere else. Cities that have high overall loss of population now rank higher on the worst meter. Now Detroit and Michigan have been awarded the crown of worst of the worst. Indecently, guess where many from Michigan move to when they leave? Too bad they didn’t know that most people who move to Florida, will move from there too.

Learn why 7000 people move out of Florida every week now and how you can avoid making the same mistakes!

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3 thoughts on “Sinkholes in Florida and The Worst Place to Live

  • milly

    Hi I would like help. I would like to move to Florida because the weather here in the northeast ( cold & snow(nj) is affecting my health. I have arthritis. . Now I ‘m hearing news about sinkholes all through Florida., I m so scared to move to the Florida. I need the sun &the warm weather . Please help. Thx , milly

    • Ron Post author

      The the counties around Tampa have been reported to have the most sinkholes, but you may have seen where one swallowed a resort in the Orlando area also recemtly. The risk is higher in some areas than others but he number of people who have actually been negatively affected by sinkholes in Florida is quite small compared to the damage done by other natural disasters like hurricanes in the state. If sinkholes are a major concern for you, you may want to research warm states north of Florida for sinkhole risk which also may have less humidity and lower hurricane risk.