It’s hot. It’s humid. There are hurricanes. Weird, sometimes dangerous creatures live here. Here are five reasons not to live in Florida. MAUREEN KENYON/TCPALM Wochit

Hurricane Frances approaches Florida in 2004.(Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM NASA)

Hurricanes, traffic and alligators, oh my.

Florida can be pretty scary; ask anyone who lived through the record-breaking Hurricane Irma. From dangerous critters lurking around every corner to deadly and costly storms, here are five reasons why the Sunshine State is anything but cheery. 

1. It’s hot and humid

Sebastian River High School 12th grader Jordan Taylor, 18, covers his head with a cold rag on Aug. 6, 2012, after conditioning and training on the first day of football practice. (Photo: DEBORAH SILVER/TCPALM)

According to, Florida ranks as the warmest state year-round, with an average temperature of 70.7. Tampa and Miami also rank in the top 10 sweatiest cities in the country, with an average July temperature of 82.8 and 84, respectively, according to If you enjoy cranking the air conditioner and stocking up on shorts and tank tops, look no further than the Sunshine State.

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2. Florida is heavily populated  Buy Photo

Northbound traffic begins to congest along U.S. 1 approaching the Roosevelt Bridge near Downtown Stuart on Nov. 9, 2013. (Photo: ERIC HASERT/TCPALM)

Florida is the third most populous state in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. A greater number of people equals heavier traffic as well as crowding, partly because of the influx of seasonal residents. More isn’t always merrier; in season it means spending an hour on the highway on your way home

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