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View Poll Results: Is Connecticut or Florida a better place to raise a family?
Connecticut 43 52.44%
Florida 30 36.59%
Both are good 9 10.98%
Voters: 82. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-28-2016, 09:52 AM
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Maybe you should listen to Spring Hillian because he was born/grew up in NY(if I'm not mistaken), he knows the city better.
What does that have to do with my comment?
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Old 10-28-2016, 09:54 AM
 
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Just take a look at the responses to this thread that was cross-posted on the CT forum. Trigger is literally the only one here trying to convince people that FL is clearly superior in every way. Even myself and wolf aren't trying to say that CT beats FL down.

Believe it or not, there are much better places than FL to raise a family. But nope, FL is clearly superior! What was I thinking moving away and never coming back!?
But you are not raising family.. how would you know?

All I wrote was that more people from NY, CT want to move to FL, than the other way around.
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Old 10-28-2016, 09:57 AM
 
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Why would people move from FL to the NE in numbers? Why??? On the other hand, if someone is in a NE state not named CT, and they have the opportunity to relocate to CT or FL and is trying to decide what is best for their family...Florida would NOT be the clear cut choice that you are making it out to be. There's nothing wrong with that...it's called both places being pretty good. FL does not have some magic ingredient that makes it incredibly better, and neither does CT.
I don't know.. for jobs or for a more cosmopolitan environment? But they don't(in large #s). It's always the other way around.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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Not that it matters, but I believe that the transplant numbers are largely inflated by those who decide to retire in Florida. Moving to Florida to make a career (especially for young people) just isn't very attractive.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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There's a LOT more to CT than that crowded little corner down by NYC. Even the ocean water around there is polluted and the people are rich and tend to be snooty. They are NYC centric. Do most of the people who move to FL originally come from that little part of CT? Because that's how it sounds on here.

The rest of CT is a great place to raise kids. There's rural with real farms, there's hills and rivers, charming small towns, there are nice beaches and lovely coastal towns like Essex and Old Saybrook where you can go sailing or explore the history. There's more history to enjoy at Mystic Seaport and there are great universities like Yale. Yale has some great museums within its walls too.

Within a small state there's a lot for a kid to see and experience. The schools are usually very good although you can find poor, run down city schools too, as you can anywhere.

Who would deny their kid a chance to make snow angels in winter? Or build a snow fort or a snow man? How about a snow DAY from school! Kids love the snow--it's the adults who have to shovel it and drive in it.

There's quite a bit of religious and political tolerance and there's diversity. CT is a really pretty state too. If you want to go out of state, you can easily get to Cape Cod or NYC or Boston--all wonderful places for kids to experience. It's not all about money either--you don't have to live in the fancy schmancy area down by NYC. You can live in various parts of the state and make more than you would in FL and have a good life.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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Not that it matters, but I believe that the transplant numbers are largely inflated by those who decide to retire in Florida. Moving to Florida to make a career (especially for young people) just isn't very attractive.
CT has more jobs? And $150K income in NYC won't cut it nowadays or so I hear from New Yorkers who have kids.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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CT has more jobs?
I didn't say that.

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And $150K income in NYC won't cut it nowadays or so I hear from New Yorkers who have kids.
You're referring to one of the most expensive areas to live in the entire country. Moving back to CT I was able to land a job that paid nearly 40% more than what I made in Florida, but your mileage may vary.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:41 AM
 
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I didn't say that.



You're referring to one of the most expensive areas to live in the entire country. Moving back to CT I was able to land a job that paid nearly 40% more than what I made in Florida, but your mileage may vary.

Right..and your COL is 40+% higher too.

Cost of Living Calculator - Cost of Living Comparison Index Tool


Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL Metro
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT Metro
Home Price
Tampa metro: $223,637.33
Bridgeport/Stamford:$626,188.67
Difference: $402,551.33


Apt. Rent Tampa metro:$918.57
Bridgeport/Stamford: $2,198.67
Difference: $1,280.10

Plus you have to deal with about 5.5% income tax.. (no income tax in FL)

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxe...nnecticut.aspx
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Old 10-28-2016, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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Right..and your COL is 40+% higher too.

Cost of Living Calculator - Cost of Living Comparison Index Tool


Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL Metro
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT Metro
Home Price
Tampa metro: $223,637.33
Bridgeport/Stamford:$626,188.67
Difference: $402,551.33


Apt. Rent Tampa metro:$918.57
Bridgeport/Stamford: $2,198.67
Difference: $1,280.10

Plus you have to deal with about 5.5% income tax.. (no income tax in FL)

State taxes: Connecticut | Bankrate.com
It is clear that you know nothing about Connecticut when you choose Fairfield as your comparison.

I do not own, and I don't plan on it either (willingly), but for what it's worth let's have a look at more reasonable areas shall we?

Tampa Area: City-data shows $259,668
Oxford, CT: $348,779 (and btw Oxford is a more expensive area).

Let's check some cheaper areas:

Ansonia: $219,392
Beacon Falls: $245,493

The average for CT is $267,000

So nice going with those inflated numbers! Oh btw City-data shows Stamford at $498,800.

In New Haven County the average rent is somewhere between $800 and $1,300 for a one or two bedroom. I pay $1,025 for my place (2 bedroom 1,500 sq feet). My last electric bill was $88 and my last gas bill was $23.

On the other hand, my rent in Largo, FL (which is a terrible area) was $825/mo with my electric bills averaging somewhere between $165 and $210 a month. Doesn't seem like a big jump!

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Old 10-28-2016, 11:40 AM
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It is clear that you know nothing about Connecticut when you choose Fairfield as your comparison.

I do not own, and I don't plan on it either (willingly), but for what it's worth let's have a look at more reasonable areas shall we?

Tampa Area: City-data shows $259,668
Oxford, CT: $348,779 (and btw Oxford is a more expensive area).

Let's check some cheaper areas:

Ansonia: $219,392
Beacon Falls: $245,493

The average for CT is $267,000

So nice going with those inflated numbers! Oh btw City-data shows Stamford at $498,800
Doesn't sound fair to me to compare the most expensive area in CT to Tampa.
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