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Old 04-10-2017, 08:25 AM
 
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Born and raised in MN > relocated to AZ > relocated to FL - I don't regret coming here in the slightest! I love the rain and greenery, and it was always a dream for me to be this close to the beach, especially such nice swimming beaches. The desert is cool to visit, but wasn't a good fit for a water lover like me. And I enjoy snow but not 7 months of it, like another user in this thread said, hahah.

Unfortunately my field doesn't pay well in FL and I'm struggling to keep up with the cost of rent - and being in my 30s, I want to get established as a home owner, but housing costs are much higher than my pay can justify. We're looking to relocate to the northeast, where I can make about 70% more pay for the same work, with reasonable cost of living in comparison (not going to be in Boston/NYC areas) and have more decent health care. Kills me to leave the beaches, but I do miss the seasons, and we will certainly be back to visit! And we'll have the coast not too far away, even if they aren't the same as here.
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Born and raised in MN > relocated to AZ > relocated to FL - I don't regret coming here in the slightest! I love the rain and greenery, and it was always a dream for me to be this close to the beach, especially such nice swimming beaches. The desert is cool to visit, but wasn't a good fit for a water lover like me. And I enjoy snow but not 7 months of it, like another user in this thread said, hahah.

Unfortunately my field doesn't pay well in FL and I'm struggling to keep up with the cost of rent - and being in my 30s, I want to get established as a home owner, but housing costs are much higher than my pay can justify. We're looking to relocate to the northeast, where I can make about 70% more pay for the same work, with reasonable cost of living in comparison (not going to be in Boston/NYC areas) and have more decent health care. Kills me to leave the beaches, but I do miss the seasons, and we will certainly be back to visit! And we'll have the coast not too far away, even if they aren't the same as here.
Research how much of a bite taxes are going to take out of your 70% gain. In NYC there are federal, state and city taxes. Research rents. In the NYC boroughs a 2 bedroom, one bath runs around $2k a month and that is in a building built in the 1930's. Electricity will be significantly higher in NYC. Good luck.
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Old 05-04-2017, 10:23 AM
 
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Moved to Florida from Chicago 4 years ago. Loved Chicago, love Florida. We were lucky, able to retire early. We just got tired of dealing with the winters in Chicago. Only thing I miss, being able to go out my door and walk to almost any ethnicity restaurant. Especially miss good Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai food.
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Old 05-04-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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Moved to Florida from Chicago 4 years ago. Loved Chicago, love Florida. We were lucky, able to retire early. We just got tired of dealing with the winters in Chicago. Only thing I miss, being able to go out my door and walk to almost any ethnicity restaurant. Especially miss good Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai food.
This is one thing people need to realize. FL will not be like "home" unless you grew up there and still live there.
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Old 10-24-2017, 08:39 PM
 
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I moved here from NY. I used to miss everything a lot, especially the seasons. But after living here for 10 years I can honestly say I'm glad I made the move. Florida heat was hard to get used to, and I compared it to NY for far too long. But, when I realized Florida isn't NY and started seeing what was there, I started to truly appreciate it here. Wouldn't move back.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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I moved here from NY. I used to miss everything a lot, especially the seasons. But after living here for 10 years I can honestly say I'm glad I made the move. Florida heat was hard to get used to, and I compared it to NY for far too long. But, when I realized Florida isn't NY and started seeing what was there, I started to truly appreciate it here. Wouldn't move back.
Well said. I felt/feel the same way about my move here (from Montreal.) It took a while, but eventually I realized that this is not a Northern-style urban type of place, and so everything that I was used to isn't going to be here. Rather, I've come to embrace what Florida DOES have that up North does not.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:17 PM
 
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I moved here from NY. I used to miss everything a lot, especially the seasons. But after living here for 10 years I can honestly say I'm glad I made the move. Florida heat was hard to get used to, and I compared it to NY for far too long. But, when I realized Florida isn't NY and started seeing what was there, I started to truly appreciate it here. Wouldn't move back.
When you change your location you have to change many other things as well. If all a person does is look behind at what they left behind, they will not see what is ahead of them that will be new and enjoyable.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:21 PM
 
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We just moved here from NY. We have no regrets. That doesn't mean that Florida is a perfect utopia ( nothing is). It's just that it is different here in FL. Back in NY, everything is political, everything is racial, the weather is horrible for 9 months out of the year, the roads are horrible, highest tolls, property taxes, sales taxes, parking fines, car insurance rates, crumbling infrastructure, people are always in a rush.

Here people are friendlier, the roads are immaculate. But Florida is not perfect as I said earlier. The prices of groceries are expensive, and this state probably has the absolute worst driving habits. It also takes a while to get use to the wildlife here ( snakes, gators, etc), but other then that we are all pleased with our move here to FL. Anything is better then NY
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Old 10-28-2017, 03:10 PM
 
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Moved here from Upstate NY. Been here 14 years now. Am beginning to hate it. The weather has been fine for the most part but I am a bit annoyed with the cost of living. The wages stink. It was fine for me in my 20s, but as I am getting older I am thinking of moving somewhere else where I can one day purchase a house. I don't see it possible for me to buy a house or advance in my career here. So I am now in my late 30s and want to move. Its just not for everyone here.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:51 PM
 
Location: North County San Diego Area
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Moved to SoFla from PA, my Wife from CT, we lived there for 30+ years combined, left 2 years ago for San Diego, best decision I ever made, my Salary Doubled, I'm saving more than ever and also investing heavily into my 401K, I work for a good employer who actually cares about employees and pay's a great compensation + bonuses and has a nice work environment 5 miles from the beach.

After working in SoFla for the years we both now realize how bad it is there, halfassed companies, toxic work environments and poor benefits, salaries in relation to the very high cost of living. Not only that here I have more opportunity to fall back on where as in FL I had little to nothing.

Don't get us wrong though, we miss things about FL and SoFla in general, but it's wasn't worth another year to stay put to and try to enjoy it which was difficult.
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