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Old 05-12-2015, 02:48 PM
 
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Hi everyone!
Well I have been researching posts similar to mine for a while now but finally decided to mae my own account and get a more personalized answer. Basically, I live and work in the bay area of CA and I'm kinda over it now. I've lived here my whole life and I really just want a change of scenery, people, life.. everything. So, I've decided I want to move to Florida. I feel pretty good about it so far, I've read both the pros and cons and I am condfident in making this decision. However, there are so many options on where to move!!! So I need somewhere to start. A 30-40 minute drive to the beach would be perfect, and I would kind of like to stay away from super small towns where everyone knows eachother and there's like, one grocery store. I would like to keep my rent around 700-800 a month, and obviously being a single young female, I would like a place where I don't have to worry about getting my car broken into, or worse. I plan on saving about $6000 by the end of the year and moving out of California by Jan 2016. I have experience in tech and admin positions so I plan on sending out resumes about a month before I leave. I have a plan, I just would like some more information about anything at all. All comments are greatly appreciated Thank you!!!!
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Old 05-12-2015, 03:30 PM
 
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One recommendation - do more than "send out resumes about a month before I leave". I would actually line up - and accept - a position before you leave. $6,000 won't go far if you're unemployed.
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Old 05-12-2015, 03:37 PM
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One recommendation - do more than "send out resumes about a month before I leave". I would actually line up - and accept - a position before you leave. $6,000 won't go far if you're unemployed.
It doesn't sound like the OP is in the type of field where that would actually be a possibility. But 10 grand or more is a good amount to have if moving cross-country without a job. 6 grand definitely won't go far, especially if she plans on getting her own apartment and having a car.
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Old 05-12-2015, 03:57 PM
 
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It doesn't sound like the OP is in the type of field where that would actually be a possibility. But 10 grand or more is a good amount to have if moving cross-country without a job. 6 grand definitely won't go far, especially if she plans on getting her own apartment and having a car.
Thanks for your response! I know my plans and ideas are kinda all over the place, and obviously this type of thing is not easy, but I don't know, if done a spontaneous move like this before, at 17, and I know if I keep focused it will all work out in the end.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Fort Liquordale, Florida
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BEFORE MOVING TO FLORIDA PLEASE READ THIS..........

To People Who Want to Move to Florida!
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Old 05-13-2015, 04:00 AM
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BEFORE MOVING TO FLORIDA PLEASE READ THIS..........

To People Who Want to Move to Florida!
ebn, you're going into trolling territory now.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:03 AM
 
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Hi everyone!
Well I have been researching posts similar to mine for a while now but finally decided to mae my own account and get a more personalized answer. Basically, I live and work in the bay area of CA and I'm kinda over it now. I've lived here my whole life and I really just want a change of scenery, people, life.. everything. So, I've decided I want to move to Florida. I feel pretty good about it so far, I've read both the pros and cons and I am condfident in making this decision. However, there are so many options on where to move!!! So I need somewhere to start. A 30-40 minute drive to the beach would be perfect, and I would kind of like to stay away from super small towns where everyone knows each other and there's like, one grocery store. I would like to keep my rent around 700-800 a month, and obviously being a single young female, I would like a place where I don't have to worry about getting my car broken into, or worse. I plan on saving about $6000 by the end of the year and moving out of California by Jan 2016. I have experience in tech and admin positions so I plan on sending out resumes about a month before I leave. I have a plan, I just would like some more information about anything at all. All comments are greatly appreciated Thank you!!!!
I would as others have said save more than $6000 (ideally around $10000) before moving. Also bear in mind that your rental budget is on the low side and pretty much eliminates you from most safe areas in the state, as here in the Orlando area for example you'll enter "safe/feel safe status" for a one bedroom apartment beginning at around $850 a month. If you can up your budget a bit and save some more you should be in fairly good shape. For places with a 30-ish minute drive to the beach that are somewhat affordable and desirable for work options I would recommend the Tampa Bay area in cities like Tampa itself (neighborhoods like South Tampa and Carrollwood), Oldsmar/East Lake and Westchase where you can routinely find desirable/safe one bedroom rentals in the higher 800s ($850-$900).
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:28 AM
 
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I would as others have said save more than $6000 (ideally around $10000) before moving. Also bear in mind that your rental budget is on the low side and pretty much eliminates you from most safe areas in the state, as here in the Orlando area for example you'll enter "safe/feel safe status" for a one bedroom apartment beginning at around $850 a month. If you can up your budget a bit and save some more you should be in fairly good shape. For places with a 30-ish minute drive to the beach that are somewhat affordable and desirable for work options I would recommend the Tampa Bay area in cities like Tampa itself (neighborhoods like South Tampa and Carrollwood), Oldsmar/East Lake and Westchase where you can routinely find desirable/safe one bedroom rentals in the higher 800s ($850-$900).
Good advice here ^^^ and I am in agreement. I also think that the Tampa area will be a good place for you to secure a job, things are going pretty well there right now, lots happening.

Good luck to you!
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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You are obviously in for some culture shock, but to minimize it you'd probably want to stick to the four largest metros, Jax, Tampa/St Pete, Orlando, Miami/FLL.

If your budget is for living by yourself then I am not sure about the other metros but Jax will still allow you a safe, nice, sometimes amenity-filled one-bedroom or studio for that price. If you want roommates I know that you can get something under $800...I have a friend in Tampa who would gladly rent out one bedroom in her condo for $700 to a girl. Ditto Orlando.

Again, the more savings the better.
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