Relocating to South Florida
Living in South Florida
If you’re seeking the ideal place to live, work and play, look no further than Broward County. The South Florida lifestyle is at its best here, with an incredible mix of natural beauty, great weather, cultural attractions and recreational activities. In fact, Money magazine selected Hollywood, Florida, conveniently nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, as one of its choices for the “American City of the Future.”
These are just a few of the outstanding things Hollywood has to offer:
- Stunning beaches
- Florida’s only oceanfront boardwalk
- Beachside cafés
- Abundant water sports
- More than 20 local parks
- Cultural and music festivals
- International restaurants
- Arts district
- Trendy galleries and boutiques
- City and private golf courses
- Professional sports, jai alai and horseracing
- No state income tax
South Florida Schools
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS offers a variety of magnet programs, including visual and performing arts, international relations, math, science and technology, pre-engineering, communications and marine sciences. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages.
Broward County is also home to a wide variety of preschools and early education centers, as well as many highly regarded private schools.
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South Florida enjoys an average annual temperature of 82°F, ranging from an average low of 75°F in the winter to 89°F in the summer, making it an ideal place to vacation and bask in our best commodity—sunshine! South Florida is also extremely humid, which makes the air and the heat feel much hotter.
Explore South Florida Neighborhoods
The culturally diverse neighborhoods that make up Broward County offer something for everyone.
Whether your idea of home is a vibrant urban environment or the tranquility and security of a gated community, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Hollywood and the surrounding communities.
Things to do in South Florida
South Florida beaches are simply some of the best in the United States. Stroll the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, eat at a beachfront café, rent a watercaraft, play with your kids in the surf or simply park your lounge chair in the sand and relax.
There are so many great things to see and do in Florida that it’s impossible to list them all here. To provide a taste, we’ll start with these 10 truly distinctive Florida experiences:
1. Swim in the crystal-clear waters off Siesta Beach near Sarasota.
2. See a NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway.
3. Check out Art Deco gems along Ocean Drive in South Beach.
4. Explore Orlando’s theme parks.
5. Watch a pirate invasion during Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest.
6. Tour the Everglades by airboat.
7. Visit Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West.
8. Eat stone crab claws in Miami.
9. Visit Castillo de San Marcos, America’s oldest fort, in St. Augustine.
10. Swim with dolphins at Marathon Key’s Dolphin Research Center.
South Florida is, quite simply, an outdoor paradise. Whatever your passion – biking, boating, diving, fishing, golfing – you’ll find it all here.
Dining and Nightlife
From upscale bistros and colorful ethnic eateries to picturesque waterfront dining, South Florida is a foodie’s fantasy. And nightlife lovers will find a variety of live music venues, bars and clubs that come alive after the sun goes down.
From trendy boutiques to malls to big-box stores, South Florida offers world-class shopping.
Arts and Entertainment
South Florida is home to an eclectic mix of galleries, museums, music venues and theaters. The star of the Hollywood arts scene is the downtown ArtWalk, a monthly event when galleries open their doors to the public. The family-friendly ArtsPark at Young Circle hosts festivals, live music performances and more.
From the Miami Heat to the Florida Marlins to the Miami Dolphins, sports fans will find plenty to love about living in South Florida.
Demographic and Facts
Broward County’s culturally diverse, thriving communities include:
- Cooper City
- Dania Beach
- Fort Lauderdale
- Hallandale Beach
- Pembroke Pines
As of 2016, there were 1.9 million people living in Broward County. The median household income was $51,694. Thirty-three percent of households in Broward County consist of families with no children; 30 percent are adults living alone; 20 percent are married couples with children under 18; 10 percent are single parents; and 7 percent are other households.
- The area is served by the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, one of the fastest-growing airports in the country.
- The Tri-Rail commuter rail system offers convenient train service to communities throughout Broward County.
- The average commute for Broward County residents is 27 minutes.
- Broward County is ethnically and racially diverse, home to many Latino, Caribbean and Asian communities.
- Broward County has 23 miles of coastline and more than 2,000 acres of parks.
Canada native Karie Boston, RN, began her U.S. nursing career as a travel nurse. Her work originally brought her as far south as the Orlando area, but it was a family visit to South Florida that introduced her to our lifestyle. “The atmosphere is different here,” she explains. ”It’s culturally diverse and more warm and friendly.”
Working at Memorial Healthcare System.
Karie’s visit came the same time as we were opening Memorial Hospital Miramar. She interviewed, was hired in 2006 as an Endoscopy Nurse and immediately fell in love with our engaging, family-like culture. Today, she is the Imaging and Endoscopy Nurse Manager at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.
“Memorial has a culture that is instilled with their staff that truly promotes patient- and family-centered care,” she says about why she loves working here. “It is amazing to see that staff want to come to work. They’re happy to come to work as part of a team that that is making an impact in patients’ lives.”
Karie is also quick to cite Memorial’s employee benefits as a great perk of the job. “The health insurance is especially amazing. My husband was very ill a few years ago. Without the phenomenal health insurance Memorial offered, we would still be in serious debt.”
Living in South Florida.
There is a lot to love about the South Florida lifestyle and Karie has been enjoying it all. “Within two hours, you can be on Florida’s west coast or in the Keys, where you can swim with manatees and dolphins,” she smiles. “You can go to Orlando and be silly with the kids or have an adult evening at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino right here in Hollywood. And if you want peace and relaxation, you have the pool in your backyard and the beach – which is close by.”
“We like to go to the Everglades too, to see nature how it’s supposed to be. I enjoy that and find it impactful for my kids to see animals in their natural habitat — including alligators, turtles, possums, water snakes and many bird species. Florida’s national parks offer amazing bird watching.”
Karie also appreciates the cultural diversity that our communities have to offer. “There are a lot of people from the Caribbean islands and South America, all offering different perspectives. The food variety here is amazing. My favorite is Jamaican food with all of its spices.”
“I would encourage anyone who is interested in working at Memorial Healthcare System to come down for a weekend and see the different communities that we have in South Florida,” Karie advises. “I’m sure there is one that will fit with you. You’ll fall in love like I did!”