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Old 01-31-2009, 08:26 PM
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Hello everyone,
I currently live in Toronto, Canada where weather is not for someone like me.. very cold here 8 months it`s freezing, snow and salty roads and the 4 months where it`s supposed to be a nice summer, we got last year all summer rain.

So I decided in order for me to enjoy life swimming, ride my sport bike all year long and have fun with the boat or a seadoo I will have to move somewhere where weather gives me that opportunity. I doing some research about California vs Florida. I never been there yet, I am planning to have a 4 weeks minimum trip before actually moving, to check out all the pros and cons.

(Let me tell you a bit about my profession)
I have an advanced college diploma 3 years plus a BA in computer science I am a network admin and security administrator in IT with couple of certificates as well. My gf has a BA in Sociology and couple of insurance certificates and working in insurance here in Canada.

I would like you guys to recommend some cities in both states, and tell me the pros and cos in your opinion. Make sure you take in consideration the job oppotunities, house prices, life styles, weather, etc

I really appreciate your replies,

Last edited by Bo; 02-01-2009 at 12:33 PM.. Reason: Updated title to make thread easier to find with search.
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Old 01-31-2009, 08:57 PM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Right now, it really may not matter what kind of degrees you have, as the job situation across the board is pretty dim. If you have a job where you're at, your best bet is to see if they have other locales you can possibly transfer to. Use that as a way to get into a new area, and if you need to seek something else after, do it that way. At least you'll have an income coming in.

Atlanta isn't in Florida of course, but the job market here for your professions might have SOME activity going on still. We still do have a Winter, but much of the year it's still warm enough to do the mountain biking/hiking stuff. While it's a good 4.5+ hour drive to the ocean, there are several very large lakes where you can do the water sports stuff.

Florida offers the year-round weather (except tons of storms it seems constantly during the Spring), but everyone I know who is scattered throughout Florida seems to talk doom and gloom about the job situation, so really I can't think of any "strong" markets there now. Home prices are reasonable in the Orlando area, and starting to drop (finally) in the Tampa area, too. It seems half of Miami is now moving to Atlanta (or wanting to) so I don't consider that an option.

Others can comment on California. San Diego always seems to be a favorite, but home prices haven't dropped quite as much there as in many other places, and they're high to begin with even before recent drops. Can't beat the weather, though.
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:48 PM
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sry guys I forgot to mention I want to move in like 3 ..5 years and so I can save the money to buy a house there so I don't have to pay monthly interest..
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:03 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Do you want milder winters or no winters?

Louisville KY would be a great choice if milder winters are ok. It has an incredible park system, is currently building a 110 mile long bike loop around the city, is 30 minutes to 2 hours from some of the nation's best lakes, and very affordable housing - $150,000 US gets you a nice 3 br 2 ba house in a very safe area. Kentucky has a similar violent crime rate to Canada, unlike most states.

Since the US has higher crime than Canada, you'd be wise to look through this link of metro area crime rates. San Diego is one of the few really safe cities near the ocean and having warm weather year round. If you can afford $400,000 for a small house it would be worth checking out

Louisville, Kentucky - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:17 PM
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it sounds like you've narrowed it down to Florida and California

Both of them have similar climates in the winter. Florida is warmer in the summer. California has cold water, Florida has warm water. California is very expensive and Florida has hurricanes (but there are inland places in Florida like Orlando, Ocala, Gainesville, and Tallahassee). Both states have a lot to offer as far as biking and boating. Swimming in California is possible in Southern California (although not as comfortable as Florida). But in Northern California, forget it unless you want to wear a wetsuit. I'd say Florida has more of what you want because of the lower cost of living and warmer water. The hurricanes are the only drawback, but they give advance warning. Plus you could live inland and the beach would be a short drive no matter where you are.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:30 PM
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Also consider Orange County, home to 3 million people between Los Angeles and San Diego. The pay is higher than San Diego, there are more IT jobs, but the cost of living is slightly higher. As a young person you will want to live in the coastal cities like Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, or Seal Beach.

Outdoor activities are plentiful from the mountains to the sea:
Biking trails are plentiful and make you feel like you are in the center of nature:
Aliso Woods Canyon Wilderness Park

Back Bay Bike Trail

World Class Surfing, such as in Surf City USA (Hungtington Beach)

Beautiful coastlines and nice swimming

You can shop outdoors year round

Jet Skiing

Plus when you crave that feeling of snow and cold, you can make the 1.5 hour drive up into the local mountain resort towns and ski/snowboard. (this is the one thing Florida doesn't have that So Cal does)

Cost of living is going to be the biggest question/issue. You can rent a one bedroom apartment for $1,000 a month, but I'm not sure what your budget is. Orange County is similar to San Diego in a lot of ways and the OC beach towns are similar to the South Bay of Los Angeles. Just another area you might want to look for jobs though to open up your opportunities.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:34 PM
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In Florida I would recommend the Jacksonville/St. Augustine Area.
In California I would recommend Long Beach.
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:11 AM
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thank you guys, I think I will go more for Florida because everyone is saying the same thing about the warm water and house prices are so low right now, which mean that I can afford a nice house for a good price.
Now I'm really debating between Jacksonville, Tampa or Miami. I really need to look into the people in each city but also the jobs in IT networking, system admin and security field. Also for my gf she works in insurance.

Which of these 3 cities would you live in ?
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:24 AM
Location: In the heights
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How about Honolulu? Warm water, sun, and really no hurricanes to speak of.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by OyCrumbler View Post
How about Honolulu? Warm water, sun, and really no hurricanes to speak of.
and unaffordable, especially when compared to Florida..
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