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We are Dedicated to Bringing You the True Best Places to Live or Retire in Florida

Why are our best places to live or retire in Florida lists better?

  • Because we don’t accept any advertising or have “sponsors” who have paid us to prominently displayed what they are selling in Florida. We want to be free from obligation, pressure or influence, so we can show you truly great places to live or retire because they offer the highest quality of life.
  • Moving to Florida is a major life changing event. Moving long distance can be disruptive and expensive. You want to get it right the first time so you don’t have to move again to correct what could be an expensive mistake.
  • We use actual quality of life factors and scores from well known respected government agencies and nonprofits that study and report on these important matters. Any best place list is only as good as the criteria it uses. We suggest that you learn the criteria or methodology a list publisher used to make their choices, to make sure it accurately reflects your values. If the methodology used to select places doesn’t match your priorities, neither will their selections. If their methodology  is confusing or missing, why would they do that?
  • We know that crime and safety is a priority for almost everyone from all walks of life, when looking for a new place to move to in order improve your life. However, many of the latest best places lists on other websites, only give 3% weight, or less, of their selection process to crime rates. Some lists today don’t even consider it at all anymore.  We have seen some places listed as “best” for retirement on other sites, where crime is out of control. For any town or city to be considered for any best place list on this website, all categories of property and violent crime rates for the town must be lower than the national average. Most of the places we select as best offer far lower crime rates than the national average, making them some of the safest places to live in the US. If that’s what you are looking for, our lists are for you.
  • The fact is, some places in Florida are just far better places to live than others. People who move to places that offer a higher quality of life in most or all categories, have a far better chance of being happy with their choice. We can help you with that.
  • People who are being paid to sell you certain retirement communities, housing developments, etc., don’t really want to discuss anything negative about Florida. They will gladly tout the pros, but usually avoid any and all mention of the cons. The problem is that living or retiring in Florida does have cons. Many of them. Since we aren’t trying to sell you anything in Florida, we are free to talk about the pros as well as the cons. If you’re going to move to Florida, you’ll find about its negatives anyway, eventually. Wouldn’t it be better to learn of them before you go?

About Ron Stack "That Best Places Guy"

About Ron Stack of Zeus Press Inc

I moved from eastern Pennsylvania, where I started selling real estate in 1986, to Florida in 1995. I had been to Florida multiple times a year for vacation, for decades, and always had a great time. I naturally continued my real estate career in Florida, first as an agent then became a broker in 2000 and founded a real estate brokerage corporation (just to be clear, this is not a real estate services website, there are no homes for sale or rent on this site and no professional services of any kind offered).

One thing that surprised me almost right away, was how many calls I got from people who wanted to sell their home in Florida so they can move out of the state. A pattern started to establish itself. Most days, half of my time was spent working with buyers thrilled to moving to Florida, often for retirement. The other half was spent helping people who had previously moved to the state, to sell their home so they could move out of the state.

That’s when I started to research what makes some cities, towns and states better places to live than others. That’s why I like to write for Moving to Florida. I can share some of what I have learned from over a decade of research and talking with 1000’s of people moving to different states and places to hopefully improve their lives, and why that didn’t always work out.

Yes, there are about 1000+- people a day that move into Florida, but almost as many leave the state every day too, according to population researchers at a Florida university. While there are many reasons people move out after learning Florida isn’t right for them, choosing a true best place to live or retire when you first move in, can at least help reduce that choice as one of the causes.

Ron Stack “That Best Places Guy” of Zeus Press Inc

  • Want to be certain if moving to Florida is right for you or your family? You’ll know after reading the Florida Move Guide. Avoid expensive mistakes.