After you graduate and begin your career, your first and only priority is often yourself. Once you begin your own family, however, they become your priority. You start searching for the best location to raise your children: family-friendly and safe neighborhoods, great schools, recreation, and even your own job security become important factors. If you were to guess a state that families would absolutely love, would Florida come up?
If not, here are some reasons why you should definitely consider Florida as one of the best states to raise your kids.
Education: great school districts
Locating yourself in the right district is what matters most, so a little research can go a long way. According to Backgroundchecks.org, Florida’s best school district is also its largest: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, with a student enrollment of over 350,000. Its schools regularly rank among the top in the nation, and it’s one of the only districts in the nation to offer bilingual education and international studies programs.
Located in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County Public Schools places second. In 2018, graduates of the county’s schools earned $106 million in scholarships. If you are not comfortable with enrolling your children in public schools, just in the Miami area there are excellent private schools (185 to be exact) that you can choose from.
Finally, having the University of Miami or Florida International University nearby means your children can continue their education close to home and at local tuition rates.
For any parent, the safety of their child is their single biggest concern. Florida’s crime rate is down by 9 percent, according to the 2018 annual Uniform Crime Report. This was the 48th consecutive year Florida has seen a drop in its crime rate and it ranks lower than the national average for property crimes. If you’re keen on being safe, check out Key Biscayne; one of the lowest-crime cities on the nation according to SafeWise. This independent research organization recently released its 100 Safest Cities in America list (based on FBI crime reports) and included Key Biscayne at number 99.
Year-round beach weather
Remember when you were a child and loved to play soccer o climb trees outside all summer? Nowadays, much of child play is indoors (computer games, TV, PS4) Something seems to be missing: Shared connection? Carefree laughter has been replaced by the quick jabs of a controller.
Florida is called the Sunshine State for a reason: it’s no stranger to sunny days, white sands and clear aqua green waters. This makes it the perfect place for you to relax and for your kids to have no excuse to play outside all year-round.
Parks and attractions
Florida is extremely green and beautiful, with more than 175 parks for your children to explore. Many have playgrounds, and splash pads which make playing outdoors in the heat more fun. Many of Florida’s public parks offer after school and sports programs that your child can engage in. The Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces website, can help you search for parks and activities in your area.
Florida offers tons of attractions for children like Zoo Miami, Miami Children’s Museum, Seaquarium, Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Crandon Park Amusement Center, Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, ice cream shops, etc. You will never run out of things to do with your family in this incredible place.
Family vacation opportunities
Florida has beaches all over and Miami is a world-class destination in itself. While living there, you might not have the chance to go to the beach every day. However, whenever you wish to it’s there, and that makes for huge savings come family vacation time.
Also, if you live in Miami, you don’t have to stay local. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also take airboat rides to see the Everglades and catch a glimpse of alligators and other wildlife. For an amazing beach getaway and lovely sunsets, families can easily hop down to Key West. However, the best part of Florida is that it is home to Disney Land, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Orlando is only a short three- hour drive away or one hour by plane.
In addition, if you are willing to drive a little more Busch Gardens is a four-hour drive away and further north, Crystal River (5 hours) is one of the few places where you can have the great experience of swimming with endangered manatees.
Hooked you on the Florida idea yet? We hope so because there are many amazing cities for families in the Sunshine State.
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