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Old 04-12-2015, 05:48 AM
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^^^ Excellent points!
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:51 PM
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Theres all sorts of crime in all parts of Florida Very High,But there is alot of nice areas were the crimes arent so bad
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:04 AM
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Originally Posted by 8to32characters View Post
Probably because most people from the Northeast under age 50 or so such as the OP have in their minds that Florida is some low-cost "paradise." This ideal is usually acquired from their parents and grandparents whose ideals of Florida living align more closely with 1980 Florida, not 2015 Florida.

In the smaller, more parochial cities of the Northeast, where people don't travel much and don't stray too far from home, there are lots of outdated Florida stereotypes thrown around. I still encounter this periodically among family members and old friends from the Northeast.

After all, Grandma bought her condo in Boca for $30k in 1978.
I agree with your post. The times have changed in Florida. While the COL is less than major NE cities it is certainly not a cheap place to live.
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:15 AM
Location: Port Charlotte
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COL in Florida is similar to Texas. Difference is that Texas has a much stronger jobs economy in its urban areas. Florida is more centered on service and tourism related jobs. If younger, not in a highly desirable job skill, and looking to relocate for employment and lower cost of living, while considering Florida, don't rule out Texas.
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Old 07-14-2015, 07:20 AM
Location: state of enlightenment
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If you want safety The Villages is about as safe as you can get and it's not terribly expensive. http://www.city-data.com/city/The-Villages-Florida.html
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:08 PM
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by kyle19125 View Post
Unsure of why, but there seems to be a trend of people posting here on the Florida forum thinking that they're going to move here and live on the cheap. Believe it or not the cost of living is either at or above the national average on expenditures such as housing, food, gas, utilities, insurance and other expenses, so I'm not sure where the implication of "cheaper living" is coming from. As stated already, $500-$600 a month for rent is going to place one in a fairly ghetto-like apartment which wouldn't appear to be the intent. If one wants a lower cost of living with rent that low in desirable areas (and warmer weather) look at states like GA and SC.
$500 especially is low even by the standards of "inexpensive" areas. Also, a person has to consider that if they want professional employment, they'll probably need to be commutable to a larger city with jobs, and that drives costs up. Even if you can find a place for $500/month in SC/GA, and I bet it would barely be habitable, you're going to be out in BFE, away from any job centers.
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