If you love endless sunshine and aren't afraid of an alligator or two, Florida may be the perfect place for you to call home. But even after you've decided to pack your bags and relocate to the sunshine state, there are many potential destinations to choose among. Florida has multiple major metropolitan areas. Each comes with its own charms, and a different price tag. Read on for our breakdown of the costs and personalities of the main cities in Florida.

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Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the biggest city in Florida with a population of 880,619. Not only is it well populated, Jacksonville is geographically massive. A sprawling city of 840 square miles, Jacksonville is actually the largest city in America (yes, even bigger than LA!). Its big size gives it a metropolitan feel and plenty of job opportunities. Jacksonville had the highest average annual income of any of the Florida cities featured on this list, with earnings averaging $53,221 per year.

Despite the fact that it is the largest metro area in the state, Jacksonville has some of the cheapest rents of any of the cities on our list. As of September 2017 the average rent for an apartment in Jacksonville was $1063 per month. One-bedrooms cost $925 per month on average, and two bedrooms go for $1104. The housing market in Jacksonville has been incredibly stable. The northeastern Florida city only saw rental prices change by 0.19% in the past year.

Tallahassee

The state capitol, Tallahassee is the largest city in the Florida panhandle, with a population of 190,894. The Panhandle is known for being more culturally similar to the south than it is to the rest of Florida. It also looks more like Georgia than it does Miami. Fewer palm trees, more towering oaks. Tallahassee is also a huge college town, with Florida State University playing a notable role in the local culture.

Tallahassee is the most affordable of the major Florida cities profiled here. The average rent in Tallahassee is $900 per month. One bedroom apartments rent for $803 per month on average, and two bedrooms cost $970 per month. However, rental prices seem to be on the rise. Tallahassee has seen average rent increase by 9.44% in the past year.

Miami

At the southern tip of the state, Miami is what people think of when they think of Florida. It has A-list beaches, the best Cuban food in America, and a nightlife that rivals Vegas. Miami is a wild place for both "springbreakers" and locals. The colorful city likes to party all night long, so if nightclubs are your jam, you will have a great time in Miami.

Miami

Miami is also one of the most expensive places to live in Florida. The average rental price for an apartment in Miami is $2089 per month. On average, a one bedroom goes for $1755 per month, and two bedrooms cost $2352. The rental market may be cooling, however. Since last year, the average rent in Miami has dropped $200, which is a 9.57% decrease in rental costs.

Tampa

On the western edge of Florida, the gulf beaches in Tampa are calmer, but no less beautiful than those on the other side of the state. Tampa provides all of the attractions of a major city, with a mellow, beach-town feel. The city is home to three professional sports teams, great museums, and a thriving social scene.

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Tampa is also a relatively affordable city. The average rent for an apartment in Tampa is $1180 per month. The average rental price for a one-bedroom apartment is $1033 per month, and two bedrooms cost $1236 on average.

Orlando

Home of all things Disney, Orlando is the biggest landlocked city in Florida. Orlando is one of the top vacation destinations in the country with more than 60 million people visiting the Florida city each year. Though Orlando residents are proud of their theme parks, the city is much more than Disney. The residential areas of Orlando were built during the "City Beautiful" movement in the 1920s, and were designed to be idyllic bungalows canopied by trees. Downtown Orlando provides all of the restaurants, nightlife and music you need in a city.

Orlando

Orlando is one of the more expensive cities in Florida, but is still reasonably priced. As of September 2017, the average rent for an apartment in Orlando was $1320 per month. A one-bedroom apartment will cost you $1160 per month on average and two bedroom apartments average around $1379 per month.

From the vibrant culture of Miami to the metropolitan sprawl of Jacksonville, Florida is a place composed of many unique metro areas. Check out our Florida rental listings today and see if your next move will take you to the Sunshine State.

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