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View Poll Results: TEXAS VS FLORIDA--Which state would you prefer to live in?
Texas 193 56.60%
Florida 148 43.40%
Voters: 341. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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florida is way better...beaches...nightlife..hot latina girls

texas just seems boring and too country-like
Yeah, Texas doesn't have many latinas.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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The Latina gurls in Miami are beautiful Go to south beach on a hot summer day
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:06 PM
 
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I would choose Texas, much better non-tourist based economy and is doing great in the job market. Dallas and Houston are great cities.
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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You have to go north in florida to get southern.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: NC
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Do you really want to go there? What is the goal of k-12 education? For kids to get an education!

According to the 2009 world almanac

Texas grad rate is 74% and Florida is 64.6%

Math Reading and Science Texas is 87, 66 for 4th grade and 78, 73, 53 for 8th grade Florida is 86 and 70 for 4th grade and 68, 66 and 51 for 8th grade

ACT average scores Texas 20.7 and Florida is 19.8

Student to teacher ratio Texas is 15 and Florida is 17

So my point is made Texas does have better performing schools than Florida although neither is terrific.


As far as colleges

Texas has UT Austin, Tex A&M, Rice, Baylor, TCU, Trinity, UTEP, SMU and a host of other colleges

Florida has UF Gainesville, Florida St, U Miami and a host of 4 yr glorified communitiy colleges

I think anyone would agree that Texas is far beyond florida for higher education
Save one of the most respected raters of U.S. school systems. That was my point...

Go to Education Week American Education News Site of Record (http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2009/17s...l?r=1017469000) and find out for yourself. Free to register and a very interactive site.

Florida overall was #10, Texas overall was #19, and they do a much more in depth analysis then anyone on this forum could come up with...or a "world almanac".

I mean anyone can spin any fact to make their states look good, while ignoring the areas they are very poor in. However, to back up your view on your statistics, Texas' best "grades" were in Standards, Assessments, and Accountability.

Oh and the saying the majority agree with you is quite narcissistic view of your own state. The two sentences where you describe the state's colleges shows it even more.

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Old 02-20-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Not in my experience it doesnt There are tons of things i can get into in the state of FLorida that i can Not do in Texas why do you think so many people go there to vacation
Exactly what are those things??? Your entitled to your own opinion, but you say Florida offers more things to do and that just got me wondering.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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TX hands down. FL is too trashy/tacky for me. It has nowhere that is "hip", liberal etc. Miami does NOT count as this folks, sorry, it's materialistic ugliness. No real intellectual centers or culture either.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:52 PM
 
Location: New York
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Not in my experience it doesnt There are tons of things i can get into in the state of FLorida that i can Not do in Texas why do you think so many people go there to vacation
uhhh jee let me think....o yeah Florida has awesome beaches? Wait no thats not why people vacation there, I will get back to you I have to think about this one.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Texas cities are far better than Florida
Texas economy and diversity of job market are far better than florida
Weather is a tie
In diversity Houston alone blows away any place in Florida
In culture both Houston and Dallas blow away anything in Florida
Education, Texas has much better colleges and also better k-12 schools
People, generally much friendlier in Texas
Crime, Texas has lower crime

I really can't think of anything Florida beats Texas in except maybe beaches and definitely foreclosures
I lived in both states and I'll pick Texas as well. But some of these by sweetclimber I do disagree with. Such as culture and diversity.

There is no Texas city that has the diversity of blacks and hispanics like Miami. In Texas, most of the hispanics are Mexican. While in Miami, they are Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican, South American, and Central American. Houston has a large Columbian and Central American population (Salvadoran and Panamanian), but not to degree of Miami.

Blacks as well. In Texas, you are basically American born with some Nigerians scattered around. In Miami, the American born blacks (keep in my mind there are thousands there still) are outnumbered by the Caribbean born blacks. Jamaicans, Haitians, Bohemians, Trinidadians, Barbadans are all over Miami.

Culturally, when you have that type of mix in Miami, you will have a dynamic multicultural atmosphere that you will not find in most places in American. You will have festivals from different culture such as Carnival and Goombay. Both of which are not found in Texas. You will have food festivals each week. You will have parties in the streets to celebrate their homeland's every week. To say that Texas cities blow away the culture of all Florida cities is a bit naive. Miami matches up with Houston the best in this regard. IMO, it beats Dallas.

As for the rest of the thread. Sweetclimber is correct on the others. Economy is better in Texas and more diverse. People are friendlier but to a degree. Texans can get nasty and rude and very prideful. Jobs are more plentiful in Texas and the cost of living is much lower. You will get the most out of your money in Texas. Both are not as Southern as it's counterparts but they are still Southern states. I find alot of similiarities between the two areas but there are many differences.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:16 PM
 
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Thanks for all of the replies so far...it has been interesting to see everyone's perspective on this. I can't wait until I get to Texas next week to start finding out about your culture and lifestyle. Please keep the comments coming--I am loving reading them. It gives the mind a mystery to ponder during my drive over there.....
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