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Old 10-22-2015, 06:00 AM
 
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I would suggest if leaning toward Tampa to check out areas like Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, East Lake, Countryside (NE Clearwater) and Westchase (NW Tampa) which are convenient to much of Tampa in terms of a commute and very family-friendly. In the Orlando area check out the NE suburbs of Lake Mary/Sanford, Oviedo and Winter Springs (east side around Tuscawilla).
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My number one priority is definitely schools. Coming from CT, where education is really the only positive about the state, I want to make sure that when my daughter is ready to go to school, she be in an A-rated school. I definitely won't budge on that. If i have to live in a shack, just to be able to afford private schooling, then that's a sacrifice that I will have to make. Finding an A-rated public school district would be preferred.
All of the areas mentioned have been consistently served by "A" rated schools.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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Before you move.....If you are paying 18K in taxes you probably live in a nice neighborhood that you worked hard for......Florida has sewage charges and very very high water charges....car insurance is more...food is a lot more....HOA monthly fees and HOA yearly fees or special assessments can hit you too........sanitation pickup is normally handled by HOA if you have one.....landscapers charge about 75 month, but it is year round plus two tree trims so add 200 each for that....CDD fees on new homes...homeowners insurance isn't just higher near the cost, flood zones can be anywhere....taxes I found are about 40 percent less here for the same type of neighborhood..sales tax is lower, but not enough to make a substantial savings...

Look at the distance from the school to your home....Florida has fewer colleges and they are further apart. You also pay out of state rates based on when you get a driver's license. Electric rates are lower, but your AC is going to be used a lot more, so you will pay more. Mechanics, restaurants and retail charge the same as CT. Parks charge $2 to park and some highways charge tolls just to use like NJ Turnpike model, though lower rates. Title transfer tax on your cars is high. Cable and phone slightly more.

No oil bill here. No state sales tax. No motorcycle helmet law. No vehicle inspection fee. No snow. Roads have less potholes, a lot less. Clothing costs because of changing seasons lower. More bang for the buck in housing.

People that moved here 20 years ago seem to say how cheap it is and are very defensive about Florida being paradise and perfect...people that moved here recently seem to say how expensive it is. It seems when you add everything in, it winds up the same cost of living as up North. Just an observation. Good luck and enjoy!!!
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Old 10-23-2015, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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FL has way more colleges and universites than CT.
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:06 PM
 
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Jealous, I have to do 4 more years in this dump before I head to Florida! I think the RI, Ct, Mass area is the armpit of the nation. Taxes are through the roof, gun control is asinine, and the state always wants more money. You'll do fine in Florida, we go there whenever we can and can't wait to retire there. I do prefer the Gulf coast and Tampa area. My brother loves Sarasota where he lives. Best of luck
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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Jealous, I have to do 4 more years in this dump before I head to Florida! I think the RI, Ct, Mass area is the armpit of the nation. Taxes are through the roof, gun control is asinine, and the state always wants more money. You'll do fine in Florida, we go there whenever we can and can't wait to retire there. I do prefer the Gulf coast and Tampa area. My brother loves Sarasota where he lives. Best of luck
Do yourself a favor and keep your home in the armpit. Rent down here for a year. Once you live here you might have a different opinion.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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As someone who moved a year ago Long Island, and someone who moved to a high-cost area of Florida (Naples) I can say that the COL is the same or less, with a higher quality of life for me and my family. My experiences are totally different than @retired11's but I respect that everyone might have a different view. All I know is that once I left NY my costs went down and the money in each paycheck went up.

However, this is all subjective. A $75K family income isn't very high by today's standards which makes me curious - are you taking a cut in pay to move to FL? Hard to imagine a family surviving in CT on that kind of salary. On Long Island the income needed for a family of 4 to make ends meet is nearing $100K.
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