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Old 04-01-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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Hello,

I was wondering if anyone could offer me some input on whether Melbourne or Tampa would be a better place for me to move to. I currently work from home so I have flexibility of where I can move to though, I would like to ultimately get back into the normal workforce and away from working at home. I'm a single mom so I'm looking for affordable and nice, safe area's but with plenty of businesses (preferably larger companies). A smaller bug population would also be nice.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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Tampa is a major metro area in Florida.

Melbourne is a town.
Take ur pic?

Do u want a small town? Or do u want to live among a large metro area?
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:16 AM
 
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Tampa is a major metro area in Florida.

Melbourne is a town.
Take ur pic?

Do u want a small town? Or do u want to live among a large metro area?
Melbourne is definitely smaller than Tampa, but it's not a "town" the way a place like Sebring or Ocala is a "town". Melbourne is pretty much contiguous with Palm Bay and the two of those cities together have nearly 180K people. For a family, I think Melbourne might be preferable for less congestion and overall better ranking in schools (Brevard county is #8, Hillsborough is #38 - https://app2.fldoe.org/Ranking/Districts/). Plus the Orlando MSA is only an hour away (Airport is even closer than that). If you want more night life, major sports etc. then Tampa is the way to go.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:37 AM
 
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You might take a look at Palm Harbor, SE Tarpon Springs and East Lake/Oldsmar in Northern Pinellas County. It's less congested than most of the Tampa Bay area and offers easy access to Tampa without bridge crossings across Tampa Bay. The schools within the local sub-districts are top performing (A-rated) and two of the best high schools in the state (East Lake HS and Palm Harbor University HS) serve the area. It's very family-friendly with a considerable number of youth recreational opportunities, lots of parks and greenspace, and is 30 minutes from beaches that have been named as best beaches (Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Beach and Honeymoon Island). The area offers a lot culturally, has three major sports franchises (NFL, MLB and NHL) and as a single Mom more potential to meet someone special if that's a consideration being the second largest metro area in the state.
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