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Old 07-24-2008, 06:43 PM
 
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HI!
I have been wanting to go to Florida for a while, just to live there. Really don't know how it is but it's one of those things you want to do before you die. I have a CNC degree which is a pretty active job add all across the country so I would be able to find work easy (I hope....)
Anyways, I have a lot of questions, like how much is average 1 bedroom rent, how hard is it to get a loan, a car, and what would be the best place for a single guy to move too, that's not too expencive, close to a beach, night life, stuff like that... Not too much criminal activity, and what's the racial profile in Florida... Any help is much appreciated.
Thank you
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Jax
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I'd recommend starting with the statistics section of City-Data:

http://www.city-data.com/city/Florida.html

Select a few cities, and start to look at their profiles. Then see what questions remain and start to ask Q's on the subforums to help narrow down your selection to just a couple of cities.

Once you have 2 or 3 cities to consider, fly down and take a closer look.

2 cities that I'd recommend considering are Jacksonville and Tampa. These 2 are still affordable, and have a young population (at least Jax does).

If you have a preference of Gulf or Ocean might help in your city selection process too.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:31 AM
 
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As a mom, I'd say find out where those types of jobs are, I'm not sure exactly what that is but it's pretty specific, right? Like some kind of manufacturing? For example in Vero Beach, a great small city, there is a Piper Aircraft facility that just agreed on a new project here. I'm not saying they have CNC, just using that as an example.

THEN you can research the towns around the job places.
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Miami
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I would suggest doing some research on Tampa, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Jacksonville. Once you figure out what part of the state you want to move to, then we can give you a better answer. I can say this that Tampa and Jacksonville will overall be cheaper than South Florida (Palm Beach south to Miami).
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:33 PM
 
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Well that sure helps! I did not have a clue about the pricing (even though it is common sence that Miami and the southern Florida would be more expencive) and that sure did broaden my approach. I was doing some research of Jacksonville FL, I see it is not exactly located on the ocean, but near by, but there is also some kind of a canal or something that is connected by bridges in downtown Jacksonville.

And yes runswithscissors, I guess it is a pretty specific occupation to a preoccupied mom Just kidding!!!
Either way I went to Monster.com and only found one local job listing, but then again I only found 5 for Cleveland and this is a big industrial town. So I am not even sure if that's something to go by, but as you say, finding a job is a must expecially at start, so that is something I will have to look into a little deeper...
But hey, at least now I have some vision as to where in Florida I want to go.....
And by the way, how far is downtown Jacksonville from the ocean?
Thank you for you answers...
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Well that sure helps! I did not have a clue about the pricing (even though it is common sence that Miami and the southern Florida would be more expencive) and that sure did broaden my approach. I was doing some research of Jacksonville FL, I see it is not exactly located on the ocean, but near by, but there is also some kind of a canal or something that is connected by bridges in downtown Jacksonville.

And yes runswithscissors, I guess it is a pretty specific occupation to a preoccupied mom Just kidding!!!
Either way I went to Monster.com and only found one local job listing, but then again I only found 5 for Cleveland and this is a big industrial town. So I am not even sure if that's something to go by, but as you say, finding a job is a must expecially at start, so that is something I will have to look into a little deeper...
But hey, at least now I have some vision as to where in Florida I want to go.....
And by the way, how far is downtown Jacksonville from the ocean?
Thank you for you answers...
The Saint John's River divides Jacksonville into 3 major regions: Northside, Southside and Westside (there is no "Eastside").

The vast majority of Jacksonville's residents live in the Southside region - this is the densest area.

The Southside region is huge with a ton of neighborhoods to choose from and it also houses a good chunk of Jacksonville's job locations.

Even in the most western far reaches of the Southside, you'd be no more than 25-30 minutes to the beach. There are many popular areas of the Southside, such as an area called "Intracoastal West", where you can be 10-15 minutes to the beach and still be in a very affordable area and still have a great commute to work.

Remember, Jacksonville is 840 square miles - it is enormous - so the downtown section of Jacksonville is set in a bit from the ocean, but Jacksonville runs all the way to the water .
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