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Old 04-06-2016, 08:19 AM
 
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Hi,

I've been contemplating either moving to Florida or California. I know the weather between the two are different and the summers can be unbearable in the summers in Florida. California has great weather for the most part, however, California is so darn expensive.

I checked and since Florida has no income tax I would bring home a little over $600 per month more in my paycheck and the cost of living is cheaper.

California i would lose $600 monthly and taxes are higher but the weather is gorgeous and I have family out there so I'm back and forth with my decision.

In Florida I could afford to live either on or very close to the beach. California would be impossible financially.

What would your choices be and for what reasons?

Thank you
Theresa
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:55 AM
 
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Taxpayer? California.

Need a job? Florida.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:55 AM
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Here is my take on Florida having lived in California until the late 1970's.

You don't want to hear my observations on current day California!!

My pick would be somewhere else!!!

usbackroads™: Innocents.....Back East, Florida.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Florida is my back up plan if California becomes REALLY unbearable on unaffordable. Doesn't look like that's going to happen. FLA wages are abysmal compared to California. I wouldn't buy in FLA just rent due to hurricanes and global warming. Good luck.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Palo Alto, CA
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Family proximity can have tremendous value that makes spending more money worth it - but the question is how much value? How close are you to those CA relatives? And are you old and potentially soon in need of family help? Would they do anything for you?

If not that close to them, and money is really tight, CA is just not a good choice. It's beauty and weather (btw, the weather is only awesome on parts of the coast; it's very, very hot inland, and the north coast is foggy) does not compensate for being poor. No place does. It's not worth dropping down 2 economic classes to have awesome weather.

What are your living space needs? That relates to cost. Are you aware that CA is not only much more expensive for a dwelling of a given size in bedrooms, it's also much smaller in square footage. And lot sizes are small if you choose a single family house.

Re: jobs, do you work, and what do you do for work? That is a factor. Generally the only non-insanely expensive places in CA are very far from jobs.

In FL, it's more spread out, so depending on your work (if you work) you would want to choose your region carefully.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:55 AM
 
Location: On the water.
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OP, how's your relationship with bugs? Buddies?
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Turlock, CA
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Florida. Easier, less stressful, laid back middle class lifestyle with three coasts and multiple cities to choose from that you could reasonably afford.
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Well, you couldn't get farther away from your relatives in the US. Interesting choices.

And if you think there are rednecks in CA, wait till you meet the ones in FL.
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:25 AM
 
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Family proximity can have tremendous value that makes spending more money worth it - but the question is how much value? How close are you to those CA relatives? And are you old and potentially soon in need of family help? Would they do anything for you?

If not that close to them, and money is really tight, CA is just not a good choice. It's beauty and weather (btw, the weather is only awesome on parts of the coast; it's very, very hot inland, and the north coast is foggy) does not compensate for being poor. No place does. It's not worth dropping down 2 economic classes to have awesome weather.

What are your living space needs? That relates to cost. Are you aware that CA is not only much more expensive for a dwelling of a given size in bedrooms, it's also much smaller in square footage. And lot sizes are small if you choose a single family house.

Re: jobs, do you work, and what do you do for work? That is a factor. Generally the only non-insanely expensive places in CA are very far from jobs.

In FL, it's more spread out, so depending on your work (if you work) you would want to choose your region carefully.

I work from home as a Nurse doing Case Management for a large insurance company in NYC. My salary is $81,100/year so I don't have to worry about looking for work in Florida.

Right now in NY I'm renting a small, 830 sq foot, 3 bedroom home for $1100. I can do with just 2 bedrooms. It's just me and my 2 dogs.

I don't have that good of a relationship with my immediate family in NY and the California family I've only seen a handful of time in the past 20+ years.

I want to live in a very nice area close to a beach with nice shopping centers/stores. Not run down mini malls with scummy laundromats.
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Carolina
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Your choice? Florida or California



California
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