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Old 10-12-2018, 09:43 AM
Location: Arizona
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I have lived through 15 Florida summers and my opinion is that the summers in Arizona are better because of the low humidity factor.
You cannot do weekend 6 hour trips from S Florida because it is much to far to travel in a weekend to get out of the state.
If you live in AZ you can do weekend trips to Vegas, N AZ , CA and mexico if you want a change of scenery,from S Florida you cannot. I suggest you do a mapquest search to see how long it will take to drive from S Florida to Georgia or North carolina which are the 2 closet states from S Florida. It will take you almost 12 hours to get to NC and 9 hours to get to Georgia which makes a day trip almost impossible.
Over 1/2 the population from S Florida are from New York where in Arizona they are from the Midwest and my 15 years of S Florida experience tell me New York City people do not have the same mentality as people from the Midwest.

I lived in Boca Raton Fla for 15 years and have lived in Arizona for 12 years now. All factors considered Arizona is the hands down winner.
1. better weather(7 months are better than Florida and the summer is more bearable than Florida)
2.closer proximity to weekend vacation areas(california,vegas,mexico and N arizona)
3 much less bugs
4 friendlier people( more people with core family values live in Az)
5 better housing available in AZ (newer and cheaper)
6 cheaper food costs due to having over a dozen different food stores in AZ as opposed to 1 major monopoly in Florida (Publix)
7 cheaper insurance
8 This is the reason I moved (no natural disasters in Arizona where in Florida you never no when life or property will be ruined by a hurricane or a tornado)
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:55 AM
Location: Traveling
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I always thought I would retire to Florida but, after much internet and cd research, I chose Arizona. So glad I did!

My sister chose Florida and was lucky she wasn't wiped out in the hurricane. She did lose all outbuildings, a shop, garage, etc and a lot of trees and one window was blown out, but that's it.

I haven't heard from her yet but my other sister did. She said it was the scariest thing she's ever gone through. From what I hear on the news, the category was a surprise and a lot of people decided to wait it out. She'll never make that mistake again!I

In the meantime, I sit here snug and comfortable in my apartment. To think I chose Arizona because as I got closer and closer to retirement decisions, it came down to allergies and the humidity factor. I realized, as I got older, humidity really started to bother me.
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