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View Poll Results: Where to live?
Miami/Coral Gables 11 22.92%
Boca Raton 8 16.67%
Sarasota 15 31.25%
Jacksonville 7 14.58%
Tampa 7 14.58%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-29-2008, 02:57 PM
 
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* you had a 100-120K salary, still wanted to save some for retirement
* wanted a condo or small house near the beach but with a decent commute to work
* were single and lived alone
* wanted to be near nice beaches for swimming
* liked shopping
* liked to take classes
* were interested in art and an artistic community
* wanted to be in a place with clean air and water

All of the areas below include any suburbs that a person on this salary could afford to live in.

Thanks for any advice!!
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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My vote is Boca Raton/Delray Beach area. I might consider coastal Ft. Lauderdale as well which isn't on your list. Tampa is not AS good in the "clean air/water" front as Jacksonville or Sarasota or the South FL choices but still good compared to most of the country. Honestly, the only one I would rule out entirely is Jacksonville although even it has its nice spots that you would be interested, lower cost of living too. I might rule out Miami due to the cost of living as well. I would check out downtown Delray Beach, east of US1. Sarasota is another good choice and might cost a little less but I don't think the economy is as good (which is saying something ) and I also don't know many details. I'm sure somebody else could tell you more about Sarasota.

Consider St. Petersburg too!

I think it all comes down to this...

* you had a 100-120K salary, still wanted to save some for retirement- Jacksonville is a clear winner here, Tampa is pretty reasonable too. Miami is worst.
* wanted a condo or small house near the beach but with a decent commute to work- No clear winner as it depends on where or what you do, but probably Boca Raton
* were single and lived alone- Boca Raton is by and far the safest on your list, safest out of the areas I named too, but all of the cities have their safe sections.
* wanted to be near nice beaches for swimming- Any of the South Florida options as well as Sarasota. Tampa is 45 minutes from the beach but St. Petersburg has nice beaches nearby. I think Jacksonville beaches aren't as nice, just in my opinion.
* liked shopping- Definitely Boca.
* liked to take classes- What kind of classes?
* were interested in art and an artistic community- St. Petersburg, Sarasota, south Tampa or Delray Beach which I mentioned before.
* wanted to be in a place with clean air and water- Boca/Palm Beach County area. Tampa is generally the worst but still not bad.

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Old 07-29-2008, 03:39 PM
 
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NONE OF THE ABOVE.

There are far better places to live in this state.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:40 PM
 
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Hey, thanks so much for the reply! Darn..I forgot Ft. Lauderdale. If anyone thinks that is the best place, just reply in this message. I can't figure out how to change the poll.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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NONE OF THE ABOVE.

There are far better places to live in this state.
Like? From the research I've done, it seems like those are the best areas for me.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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With your salary the best places to live to enjoy good night life, shopping, and great beaches year round is Miami/Coral Gables or Boca Raton. I would stay away from Jacksonville if you like beaches, it gets way too cold in the winter to enjoy them. Tampa/Clearwater is also a good option.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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If it were me, I'd choose the Destin area, but again that's just me.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:56 PM
 
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Actually, assuming employment can be found, I have to second Destin.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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Is Destin closer to any cities?
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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Is Destin closer to any cities?
Thats what some people on here don't understand. Some people actually want or need to live in or near a major population center and don't want or need "southern". Very beautiful part of the state though.
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