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Old 09-12-2012, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Yup. FL wins on coastline and beaches. Both states have no income tax (although FL has a lower sales and property tax, in general). But after that, TX wins in terms of economic diversity and strength. They have more F500 companies HQ there than any other state in the country (including CA or NY).
Well said, as far as the higher property tax goes, we generally have much cheaper real estate than FL, so it's a trade off.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:01 AM
 
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In a move that enhances Miami-Dade Countyís status as a center for international trade and commerce, the U.S. Department of Commerce this week provided a grant of authority for PortMiami Foreign Trade Zone No. 281, a new mega-Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) that stretches north from Southwest Eighth Street to the Broward County line. The new zone will be among the nationís first to operate under new, streamlined processes.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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Lately? One mild winter. My sister lives in Northern Maine and said it was the warmest winter there in the 30 years she's been there.
Exactly. Only one mild winter. Before the last winter, the previous 4 have been brutal.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Exactly. Only one mild winter. Before the last winter, the previous 4 have been brutal.
I would rather deal with some snow weather and be well off than starve to death in the depths of a swamp.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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I would rather deal with some snow weather and be well off than starve to death in the depths of a swamp.
I hear ya. And agree. I've lived in several states, north and south. Paid my dues commuting in sub-zero weather. Someday soon, migrating back south.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Orlando Florida
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I also received a direct message but it seems to have disappeared before I could reply to it , I still need to get used to all of this on city data .One thing I have realized from my research into the different states in the US is that none are perfect. There are good and bad to all of them and I guess you just have to go there and decide.

Lisa
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Thank you to those who gave constructive feedback. For those of you working or know people who are, what kind of jobs did they get? Were these jobs in line with their education - college, grad school, etc.?
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:49 AM
 
Location: PA
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I would highly recommend not moving to Florida without a job already lined up. Florida always had the track record of low paying jobs, even if you were college educated and experienced. Some call it the "Sunshine Tax"....I have seen it, known of people who were well educated and experienced who moved here and took service jobs paying mundane salaries to live the lifestyle which they can barely afford and few landed jobs in their field and/or eventually left, or just gave up on their careers.

Employers are weird here, they don't want to pay often and you will see jobs that require 10+ years of experience, BS/MS degree and pay way below market averages. Employers are also very picky and do not seem to be in a hurry to hire, even people who meet 95% of their requirements. The unemployment rate is higher than what is listed, figure in that Florida has a lot of people who just gave up looking for work.

Another thing about Florida, companies here tend to not be world class, Fortune 500 types of places, tend to be small companies, privately owned and lack good benefits and equally poor salaries.
It's mostly because everybody and their cousin wants to move to Florida. With so many potential transplants ripe for the picking, employers are able to have higher requirements than other states. Basic economics; when you have surplus labor, wages and salaries go down. The reverse is also true. However, I don't know what the unemployment rate for those with bachelor's, master's, or PhD's are, but it seems like FL has way more associate's, certificate/trade diploma and HS diploma workers than they know what to do with
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