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Old 05-21-2015, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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But don't forget to include no state income tax here. That saves ~ $10,000/year on my wife's six figure salary. The salary she is making here in FL is higher than she made in NC and MA.
The problem is people like the OP believe that everyone in FL is in fast food or tourism where wages are generally low. In NYC, the most expensive COL city in the US a fast food worker makes pretty much the same salary as one in FL and just about everywhere else. But even though we are all not in the fast food or tourism biz, not that there is anything wrong with that, we also work for $8-10 per hour.

It is so silly that anyone pushes that agenda. Such useless non-information to the sites subscribers, but I guess it gives them some sense of purpose in life. Anyone with common sense who is relocating would know what the salaries and job opportunities are available in their target location. I think those who post here that they are relocating on 20 bucks and a 1972 Volkswagen are not those who actually are relocating anywhere.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Does that include property tax and insurance? I'm not going to get into my income, but it's almost a wash between FL vs. NC for me. The state income tax is way over-hyped.
Yes. For us, we are saving thousands here compared to NC when everything is accounted for. I am sure it varies by state and by situation, though.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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How long ago did you leave NC and MA ? If it was more than a couple of years ago, that comparison is not relevant. Were the jobs absolutely identical in all 3 places ?
2.5 years ago and identical job.
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:15 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Not necessarily ... show me the median per capita income for F/T working folks in Florida and then we'll talk. Surely Florida keeps that stat somewhere ...
I have no idea. I am not the one throwing out unsubstantiated statements. I am just saying that if you are comparing the exact same states for states, then you cannot claim exceptions for one state and not another, without providing the proof. Well, I guess technically one could but no one would believe them.
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:08 PM
 
Location: N Atlanta
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2.5 years ago and identical job.
You left NC and MA at exactly the same time ? So the move(s) were transfers of her existing job and they gave her a raise to come to Florida ?
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:36 PM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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You left NC and MA at exactly the same time ? So the move(s) were transfers of her existing job and they gave her a raise to come to Florida ?

I'm more confused by someone leaving NC for FL - Pinellas Co at that. LOL. I thought I was the only one dumb enough hahahaha - NO OFFENSE.
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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I'm more confused by someone leaving NC for FL - Pinellas Co at that. LOL. I thought I was the only one dumb enough hahahaha - NO OFFENSE.
I guess now that you are here and discontent you cant leave. Right?

How on earth do people relocate without knowing what to expect once they get there?
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:02 AM
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This is just my opinion, but I definitely wouldn't live in FL if I was making a low wage like that. And luckily I don't. But if you make a good salary, then it's a great place to be.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:24 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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I guess now that you are here and discontent you cant leave. Right?

How on earth do people relocate without knowing what to expect once they get there?
I'm not discontent - I'm fine here. But I am not in love with FL and I do like NC more, but that doesnt mean I cant be happy here. But I do know only like 3 ppl EVER that left NC for FL and I'm one of them. It was kinda of a joke.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:43 AM
 
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The problem is people like the OP believe that everyone in FL is in fast food or tourism where wages are generally low. In NYC, the most expensive COL city in the US a fast food worker makes pretty much the same salary as one in FL and just about everywhere else. But even though we are all not in the fast food or tourism biz, not that there is anything wrong with that, we also work for $8-10 per hour.

It is so silly that anyone pushes that agenda. Such useless non-information to the sites subscribers, but I guess it gives them some sense of purpose in life. Anyone with common sense who is relocating would know what the salaries and job opportunities are available in their target location. I think those who post here that they are relocating on 20 bucks and a 1972 Volkswagen are not those who actually are relocating anywhere.
Well said. A lot of times it is jealous people from the NE whose communities are shedding jobs to Florida and other Southern states creating these stories about how Florida people are all rednecks, retirees and old drunks.

My only correction - with regard to NYC - is that at a collective level it's not necessarily the highest COL. You can live more reasonably in Queens or Staten Island than Manhattan. But you're still of course paying city and state income tax.
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