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Old 06-27-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Vermont, trying to escape
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Me and my wife have decided that Florida is the place we'd like to relocate to, but the problem is we can't seem to line up a job in the places we've checked (Orlando, Tampa mainly)

We don't have much on the way of experience. My wife just graduated from college and I don't have many years in IT. Where are the youth friendly locales in this state?

We're looking for a place to get established but we have no idea where to go.
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:44 AM
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Tallahassee
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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Tallahassee
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Vermont, trying to escape
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Really? Why Tallahassee?
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:17 AM
 
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Really? Why Tallahassee?

Bias, mainly.


Certainly it is not the only place, and it is not for everyone - check out some other threads about it on this board.

BUT: it is a very kid-friendly place, good for young families, with nice neighborhoods and lots of kid-oriented stuff going on all the time. It is not very big, but big enough to support a modest entertainment industry. There is NO tourism really, and the local government is pretty good about keeping (most of ) the City clean and green.

There is a small, but vibrant IT industry in town, and a lot of the jobs (of which there may not be many...), because it is a college town, may be oriented toward entry-level people.

Long story short, it is a nice place for young couples looking to "settle down" after college and start a family. The cost of living here isn't as bad as the rest of Florida, neither is the real estate market. "Starter houses" abound, and most of them are in relatively nice neighborhoods. Crime is high in very specific areas of the city (south and west part mostly), but outside those areas the crime rate is very low. In my neighborhood, in the northeast quadrant, crime is almost non-existent and elementary age kids WALK TO SCHOOL UNESCORTED. You just don't see much of that these days...
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Vermont, trying to escape
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Bias, mainly.


Certainly it is not the only place, and it is not for everyone - check out some other threads about it on this board.

BUT: it is a very kid-friendly place, good for young families, with nice neighborhoods and lots of kid-oriented stuff going on all the time. It is not very big, but big enough to support a modest entertainment industry. There is NO tourism really, and the local government is pretty good about keeping (most of ) the City clean and green.

There is a small, but vibrant IT industry in town, and a lot of the jobs (of which there may not be many...), because it is a college town, may be oriented toward entry-level people.

Long story short, it is a nice place for young couples looking to "settle down" after college and start a family. The cost of living here isn't as bad as the rest of Florida, neither is the real estate market. "Starter houses" abound, and most of them are in relatively nice neighborhoods. Crime is high in very specific areas of the city (south and west part mostly), but outside those areas the crime rate is very low. In my neighborhood, in the northeast quadrant, crime is almost non-existent and elementary age kids WALK TO SCHOOL UNESCORTED. You just don't see much of that these days...
Sounds great, but I only have one concern. I was going through some of the older threads and it seems to be the general consensus that there is a racial divide in the town. My wife is white and I'm black which seems like it might be taboo in this place.
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Sounds great, but I only have one concern. I was going through some of the older threads and it seems to be the general consensus that there is a racial divide in the town. My wife is white and I'm black which seems like it might be taboo in this place.
You might want to check out the thread titled "interracial dating scene". I know you're not looking to date but it might give you an idea of the acceptance level. Reading that thread it looks as if you should be ok.

Good luck with your move!
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:37 AM
 
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As recent college graduates I would suggest staying far away from Florida. You will recieve horrible wages with minimal advancment opportunities. But if you really want to move to Florida stick to the major cities (Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville) if you even want a chance of getting a job.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:24 PM
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Tallahassee is very racially and culturally advanced, you will not be looked down on for being an inter-racial couple.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:36 PM
 
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Sounds great, but I only have one concern. I was going through some of the older threads and it seems to be the general consensus that there is a racial divide in the town. My wife is white and I'm black which seems like it might be taboo in this place.

There is certainly a racial divide - but not in that way as I see it. Tallahassee is over 40% black, so you are not going to feel like an outsider in any case.

Interracial couples are not really that uncommon. Of the 120 or so employees at my company, we have half a dozen or so interracial couples (including me and my Mexican wife, but mostly black-white). That does not sound like a lot, but compared to most other places, I would guess it is a higher percentage.

The divide is mostly economic - there is a large and somewhat poor black population (and white too) on the south side. But if you are middle class, hanging around in middle class areas, you will see no shortage of successful, educated black people - and quite a few interracial couples.

Tallahassee IS the Old South, but while it maintains most of the positive aspects of that culture, it has rejected most of the negative ones.

John Marks, our mayor, is black BTW.
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