The total cost of car ownership in America is a complex subject. There are many factors to consider when examining this. Forbes recently published a report that details the most expensive states for car ownership. It turns out that Florida is one of the more expensive states, when it comes to owning a car.

Forbes estimates that “it costs $10,728 a year, or $894 a month, to own and operate a new car, according to AAA. That’s up 10.99% from 2021 when the average yearly cost was $9,666 a year, or $805.50 a month.”

To determine how each of the states in America rank in terms of car ownership costs Forbes examined insurance prices, gas prices, average repair costs, and the total costs for new and used vehicles. As a result, they were able to compile a list that details the most expensive state (ranked 1st) to the least expensive state (ranked 50th).

Where Does Florida Fall?

Overall, the results were alarming. Florida is the 4th most expensive state in the country for car ownership.

The numbers compiled by Forbes Advisors state that the average cost for annual full-coverage car insurance in the Sunshine State is $4,326. Insurance is a driving factor here. Florida ranked as the second highest average car full coverage car insurance. Only New York was higher at $4,769 per year. That’s almost $700 higher per year than Louisiana, which the third-highest state for insurance. In addition, $396.29 is the average cost of a light repair.

New vs. Used

There’s a $15,000 swing in the average cost of new vehicle in the country vs. buying used. $45,646 was the average price reported for a new car purchased. $30,796 was the average for a used car. Over the past five years, both of these categories have increased by significant percentages. In 2017, the average cost of a new car was $34,948.

California, Nevada, and Colorado are the three most expensive states for car ownership. For comparison purposes, the average light repair in California and Colorado is over $400.

Finally, Ohio is the cheapest state in the country for car ownership, with their average insurance cost being $3,200 cheaper than Florida.

5 Florida Beaches Named the Best 'Secret Beaches' in America

Summer is here, and it’s going to be hot, as always, in Florida. Florida beaches are very popular and fun. But, they can also get crowded. Thankfully, there are some “secret” beaches that are kind of more difficult to find.

If you’re looking for some “secret” places to get your beach on in Florida, the crew at Family Destinations Guide has done the research to find you those spots. “We surveyed 3,000 families in the United States to determine the hidden beaches they most want to visit in summer 2023,” they state in the study.

As it turns out, Florida has four of the top 10 “secret beaches” in America, according to this study. That means they shouldn’t be too overcrowded. That’s a great thing.

If you’re wondering about Family Destinations Guide, they regularly feature “reviews of hotels, resorts, destinations, and attractions your whole family will love. In addition, the site is filled with ideas that will help you plan your next trip. From family trips with infants and children, to excursions with teens and older kids, Family Destinations Guide gives you detailed advice for traveling with kids of all ages.” Even if you don’t have kids, their content can be useful. For example, these secret beaches can be fun to visit no matter your age. Read on for four Florida spots that made the top 10 of the list and one extra. Find the full list here.

  • Shell Key Preserve

    Shell Key Preserve, Florida is ranked No. 2 on the list. That’s amazing! What makes it stand out? According to Family Destinations Guide, “The beach is unspoiled and natural, with no development or buildings, offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere.”

    Shell Key Preserve

    Shell Key Preserve is a jewel-in-the-rough that few people take the time to experience. A 1,828-acre archipelago at the mouth of Tampa Bay off Florida's Gulf Coast, Shell Key Preserve is frequented primarily by birds and other wildlife. For people to get there, they must take a boat to Shell Key, the biggest piece of dry land in the preserve.

  • Lovers Key State Park

    Lovers Key State Park is ranked No. 6 on the list. According to the official Florida State Parks website, the park “protects some of the most pristine barrier islands in Southwest Florida.” It also features “over two miles of sugar-sand beaches.”

    Lovers Key State Park

    Effective March 16: The beach, boat ramp, trails and paddling launch areas of Lovers Key State Park remain closed. Please adhere to all posted signs and avoid closed areas. The bayside is open for limited day use activities.

  • Dry Tortugas National Park

    Dry Tortugas National Park is ranked No. 9 on the list. According to the park’s official website, “This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.” It’s also accessible only by boat or seaplane.

    Dry Tortugas National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

    Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. This 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequents the area.

  • Boneyard Beach

    Boneyard Beach is ranked No. 10 on the list. According to the Florida State Parks website, it “is a favorite Jacksonville retreat and close-kept secret.” It also offers three miles of shoreline along the Nassau Sound.

    Boneyard Beach

    What do nearby Jacksonville Beach and Big Talbot Island State Park 's Boneyard Beach have in common? Very little, actually. They are both Florida beaches located in the same county and city, but are so different in appearance and atmosphere that you may find yourself doubting that you are even in the same state.

  • Navarre Beach

    Navarre Beach is ranked No. 13 on the list. According to the Visit Florida website, “Navarre, a compact beach community found just east of Pensacola at the far northwestern tip of the state, beckons with 12 miles of pristine white shoreline.”

    Navarre Florida - Vacation Guide & Attractions in Navarre FL

    Nestled between Gulf Islands National Seashore and Navarre Beach County Park, the beach community of Navarre offers solitude and simplicity. Relaxation is the main attraction here.

  • Source

    This study comes from the Family Destination Guide. They surveyed 3,000 families in the United States to find the hidden beaches they most want to visit in summer 2023. Find the full list here.

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