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How Expensive is it to Live in Florida?

Learn how Florida's real estate prices, and cost of living, compare to other states.

As Florida has welcomed a large number of new residents during the pandemic, and was recently ranked as the #2 growth state in the nation by U-Haul (2021), how has this accelerated growth affected Florida's real estate prices in recent years, including the cost of living, for its residents?  For many, a relocation to Florida means selling your existing home and then purchasing a new residence in your desired city. Understanding how real estate and home prices compare from state-to-state will give you an approximate feel for how far your dollars will go. We also encourage you to visit our east vs west coast of Florida page where we overlay the price of Florida real estate per square foot (for each coast) on a Google map. This provides a good visualization for how much house you can afford around Florida.

Is Florida Real Estate Expensive?

To best address the question of how expensive Florida real estate is, we analyzed the median home price of all 50 states and then compared it to the national average home price to see where Florida ranks. For the median home price of each state, we used Zillow's Home Value Index (ZHVI) which is considered one of the most accurate measures of home values as it is a seasonally adjusted number of the typical home value across a given region and looks at all home values in the 35th to 65th percentile range. As of late April 2022, the median Florida home price is $378,104 which is 9.8% above the national average home price of $344,141. The average Florida home has also increased 33.1% in price year-over-year.

In looking at the map of the U.S. below, we have provided a visualization of median home prices per state by color intensity. The deeper the red color, the higher the price. In April 2022, states with the highest median home prices include Hawaii, California, Washington, Colorado & Massachusetts. Conversely, states with the lowest median home price include West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.

Comparison of Median Home Prices per State

Median home prices as of Apr 2022.
  Source: Zillow Home Values, Apr 2022

 States with the Highest Home
 Prices in 2022

State Median
Home Price
Compared to
National Avg
Hawaii $875,318 + 154%
California $790,475 + 130%
Washington $619,575 + 80%
Colorado $581,101 + 69%
Massachussetts $577,676 + 68%

 States with the Lowest Home
 Prices in 2022

State Median
Home Price
Compared to
National Avg
West Virginia $132,638 - 61%
Mississippi $161,162 - 53%
Arkansas $174,592 - 49%
Oklahoma $176,302 - 49%
Iowa $187,720 - 45%
  Source: Zillow Home Values, Apr 2022

Florida Real Estate Prices per City Region

As we've now overviewed how the median price of a Florida home compares to other states, let's now take a look at how the median sales price of single family homes varies in price around the sunshine state itself. Below is sales activty data from FloridaRealtors.org (April 2022) which shows the median sale price of single family homes and townhomes/condos for Florida's 22 MSA city region markets. These numbers will give you a good approximation of what a typical home will cost in your desired area of Florida upon your relocation. We have also provided a visualization of these median home prices around the state by color Intensity -- the darker the color, the higher the price.

Comparison of Median Home Prices per Florida City

(Plotted values are single family homes only) Florida Median Home Price by City Region

 Market Sales Activity - Apr 2022

City Region Median Sale Price
Single Family Homes
Median Sale Price
Townhouse & Condos
State of Florida $410,000 $310,000
Cape Coral-Fort Myers $470,000 $346,900
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin $425,000 $575,000
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach $350,000 $285,430
Gainesville $340,000 $165,450
Homosassa Springs $295,000 $255,000
Jacksonville $385,000 $270,000
Lakeland-Winter Haven $335,000 $255,500
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach $575,000 $308,250
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island $875,625 $484,000
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton $500,000 $380,000
Ocala $277,944 $189,000
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford $425,000 $270,000
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville $360,000 $279,500
Panama City $348,987 $410,000
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent $321,400 $352,500
Port St. Lucie $404,000 $270,000
Punta Gorda $410,000 $286,250
Sebastian-Vero Beach $386,940 $250,000
Sebring $250,000 $153,450
Tallahassee $299,000 $135,000
Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater $404,900 $275,000
The Villages $398,800 $341,000
  Source: FloridaRealtors.org Apr 2022

How Does Florida's Cost of Living Compare?

When moving to Florida, many often ask what the cost of living is like so as to make comparisons from where they are coming from. The cost of living is simply the amount of money that an individual needs each month to cover basic living expenses such as housing, utilities, food, transportation, healthcare and taxes for a given area. The cost of living is typically listed as an index number which represents the percentage above or below the national average number of 100. For example, a cost of living index of 110 means that the cost of living in a particular area is 10% higher than the national average. The benefit of using a cost of living index is that it allows people to make accurate comparisons of how far their income will go in different cities around the country.

The Study

To review the cost of living in Florida, as compared to other states, we looked at a recent study performed by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) whose popular cost of living index is commonly used for comparisons. As part of their study, MERIC analyzes price data from The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) that is collected from participating cities and metropolitan areas in a given state to compute a cost of living index for each state. View Study.

The Rankings

For 2021, Florida's cost of living index was calculated to be 100.3 which means that the cost to live in Florida is essentially the same as the national average baseline of 100. Overall, Florida ranked 24th in terms of its cost of living. The states with the highest cost of living include Hawaii, New York, California, Massachusetts and Oregon. The states with the lowest cost of living include Mississippi, Kansas, Alabama, Oklahoma and Georgia.

 States with the Highest Cost
 of Living in 2021

State Cost of Living
Index
Compared to
National Avg
Hawaii 193.3 + 93.3%
New York 148.2 + 48.2%
California 142.2 + 42.2%
Massachusetts 135.0 + 35.0%
Oregon 130.1 + 30.1%

 States with the Lowest Cost
 of Living in 2021

State Cost of Living
Index
Compared to
National Avg
Mississippi 83.3 - 16.7%
Kansas 86.5 - 13.5%
Alabama 87.9 - 12.1%
Oklahoma 87.9 - 12.1%
Georgia 88.8 - 11.2%
  Source: MERIC, Annual Average Cost of Living, 2021