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Florida attracts people from all over the world for bucket-list vacations and as a place to call home. Whether you’re a Florida native or have never been to the state, there are many misconceptions about living in Florida that you’ve probably heard.

Continue reading as we debunk four popular myths about living in Florida.

1. Florida Is Only Ideal for Retirees

Florida has many affordable, retiree-friendly cities throughout the state, however, Florida’s versatility makes it a great place for people in any stage of life.

Florida is home to many prestigious colleges — the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida, and University of Central Florida to name a few. Florida was ranked number 10 on the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best States to Live” list. Big Florida cities such as Orlando, Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville also ranked well on WalletHub’s “Best Large Cities to Start a Business” list — all of them in the top 12, with Orlando ranked at number one.

Florida’s wide range of opportunities and activities give all ages a chance to find something they enjoy.

2. The Weather is The Same Year-Round

One thing all Floridians can agree on when it comes to Florida’s weather is that it’s always unpredictable. Florida has a subtropical climate — its weather is usually hot and humid, with a high chance of rain and storms.

The average low in Florida is between 60 to 70 degrees in the winter, however, some cities in north Florida experience lows around 40 degrees on average. Because of its climate, Florida doesn’t experience four distinct seasons like the other states. Instead, Florida has two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season starts in November and ends in April, where there is a low likelihood of rain or storms, and significantly less humidity. From May to October (wet season), you’ll experience the state’s highest humidity and precipitation levels.

3. The Attractions Are The Main Thing To Do

Many people travel to Florida to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Universal’s Island of Adventure, Busch Gardens, and other popular theme parks. Whether you’re planning a staycation from your Florida home or visiting from out of state, there are plenty of other places to explore and things to do.

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches on both sides of the state. In addition to scenic beaches, there are plenty of state parks and national parks that contain hiking trails, botanical gardens, freshwater springs, and more. Throughout the state, there are also many historic landmarks and vibrant cities full of unique sights to see.

4. Manufactured Homes Aren’t Safe in Florida

Florida is known for its sunny weather, but it occasionally has inclement and severe weather. Contrary to popular belief, manufactured homes are built to withstand severe weather. Manufactured homes in Florida must meet Federal Building Standards — ensuring they can withstand maximum wind speeds in particular wind zones. They are also required to adhere to the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) code. These rigorous federal standards specify design and construction rules and other protective measures for manufactured homes to ensure they’re built safely and correctly.

While there are things you can do to prepare and protect your home from hurricane damage, always follow all state and federal recommendations regarding evacuations and safety best practices.

Along with sturdy construction, manufactured homes offer many other benefits to homeowners in Florida. They are a cost-effective alternative to site-built homes, making them ideal for anyone looking to downsize or build a luxury home that’s within their budget. What’s more, they’re highly customizable and efficiently built.

Build Your Dream Home in Florida

If you’re looking to relocate to or within Florida, and need a cost-effective, high-quality housing option, manufactured and modular homes are for you.

At Jacobsen Homes, we’ve been helping families since 1959 create the homes of their dreams. Our manufactured home communities are conveniently located throughout the state of Florida so that you can choose your location with convenience.

Contact us today to get started.