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Old 02-03-2009, 11:37 PM
 
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My husband and I have lived in Michigan for way too many years and have endured way too many winters. We have discussed moving south but not quite sure where. I did the Florida thing for a year and it is too expensive. He doesn't want to move back to Puerto Rico because the jobs pay crappy. We don't want to go to Georgia but are considering South or North Carolina.
I don't know much about SC so I am asking for suggestions. I work in healthcare as a nurse tech and a unit secretary on a med surg floor. I am going to school for nursing. My husband has worked in construction for many many years usually doing concrete flatwork.
Our kids our done with school so that is not an issue, except me of course so I can finish my nursing. Waiting lists in MI just to do clinicals are ridiculously long (at least 4 years).
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please take the following into consideration.

1. Temps higher than 50
2. Job availability
3. We do need to be able to purchase spanish food products (mainly puerto rican) so a latino population would be nice
4. Low crime
5. Great communities and environments to live in
and most importantly....GOLF courses!!!!
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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My husband and I have lived in Michigan for way too many years and have endured way too many winters. We have discussed moving south but not quite sure where. I did the Florida thing for a year and it is too expensive. He doesn't want to move back to Puerto Rico because the jobs pay crappy. We don't want to go to Georgia but are considering South or North Carolina.
I don't know much about SC so I am asking for suggestions. I work in healthcare as a nurse tech and a unit secretary on a med surg floor. I am going to school for nursing. My husband has worked in construction for many many years usually doing concrete flatwork.
Our kids our done with school so that is not an issue, except me of course so I can finish my nursing. Waiting lists in MI just to do clinicals are ridiculously long (at least 4 years).
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please take the following into consideration.

1. Temps higher than 50
2. Job availability
3. We do need to be able to purchase spanish food products (mainly puerto rican) so a latino population would be nice
4. Low crime
5. Great communities and environments to live in
and most importantly....GOLF courses!!!!
Have you tried Jacksonville? It is cheaper than the rest of Florida and still has about 6% Hispanic population.

BTW, why do you say "Spanish food products" when you seem to be looking for Latin American products?
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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Temps above 50? Even orlando goes below 50. Today orlandos high is 53 and low is 29. You will always see below 50 in winter in central/north florida with a few days in the 30s and at least 1 in the upper 20s.

Actually even miami gets below 50! Tonight miami will be 39!
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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Go to South Carolina. Charleston and Columbia would be the best options because you're more likely to find minorities in cities. On average, both cities are above 50 in the winter.
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Alabama.
Great golf courses.
Over 50 degrees (think Mobile).
Growing Hispanic presence.
Low cost of living.
Jobs (again: Mobile).
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Northwest NM
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How about Las Cruces NM or El Paso Texas...they may be too far away for you but they fit your bill. NMSU has a great nursing program too. LC may get a little colder than you want at night but day temps are great. My son lives there and he tells me it is doing great econmically.
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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Try the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of Virginia with cities like Virginia Beach, Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk and other communities right next ot each other.

Maybe the Orlando area, in say Osceola County, which is about 30% Hispanic:Osceola County, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Check this out too:Puerto Ricans in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-06-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Have you tried Jacksonville? It is cheaper than the rest of Florida and still has about 6% Hispanic population.

BTW, why do you say "Spanish food products" when you seem to be looking for Latin American products?
As far as Jax goes...I think you'd be able to find opportunities in the area. The medical field is quite large in Jax and continues to expand...you'll have competition but the opportunities are plentiful. And there are options for schooling, too: University of North Florida has nursing programs for Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees. Jacksonville University offers both bachelors and masters. And the local community college actually has a four year BSN program as well.

As for your 5 listed criteria, here are my general responses:
1. Yes
2. Not really
3. Yes
4. If you live in the right parts of town, yes.
5. Ummm...over 100 golf courses in the area! Myrtle Beach is the king of golfing because they have superior marketing and organization, but Jax could easily take the title if they wanted to.

Good luck!
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Connecticut... but trying to get out
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Austin TX. I happen to have just chosen there, but it seems to match your criteria very well.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:20 PM
 
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Phoenix metro area. Great weather, Mexican influence, and Golf.
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