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Old 02-05-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I have only had the opportunity to visit the Jackson, Natchez, Tupelo and Oxford areas. But didn't make it down to the Gulf coast. Seems like there would be more things to do in that area though. So, I have several questions. You don't have to answer all of them. Thanks!
  1. How is the weather? Is it Florida style intense heat and humidity?
  2. Are alligators a real threat to human safety?
  3. How is the crime?
  4. Is there any affluence at all, or is it poverty ridden? I would be looking for an accounting/tax job that pays at least $50K+
  5. Is it safe to swim in the Gulf beaches, even though there was a major BP oil spill two years ago?
  6. Are the people welcoming of yankees? Or do they not give a crap? (I don't have a southern accent)
  7. I'm looking to move away from high cost of living, fast paced lifestyle and cold weather. Does the Gulf area solve those problems?
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: The South
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No. 2 You are much more likely to have serious dog attack than an alligator alligator attack.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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Yes, there are many things to do. Cost of living is reasonable, low traffic, low crime, nice weather overall, great for boating, nice for walks along the beach and trips to the coastal islands. Big casinos add some local action. Many festivals. Proximity to New Orleans and Florida. Trendy areas such as downtown Ocean Springs. Affluent communities such as historic Pass Christian. Economy is average. Large military presence. Overall feels middle class and working class with some wealth and some low income. Alligators are not an issue. Beaches are actually on the Sound, not the gulf, which means perfect for shrimping and saltwater fishing and walking or running along the water but for real beach and gulf swimming you want to take a boat out to the islands.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:58 PM
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Location: Milwaukee, WI & Biloxi Beach, MS
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[quote=nep321;22855133]I have only had the opportunity to visit the Jackson, Natchez, Tupelo and Oxford areas. But didn't make it down to the Gulf coast. Seems like there would be more things to do in that area though. So, I have several questions. You don't have to answer all of them. Thanks!
  1. How is the weather? Is it Florida style intense heat and humidity?
  2. Are alligators a real threat to human safety?
  3. How is the crime?
  4. Is there any affluence at all, or is it poverty ridden? I would be looking for an accounting/tax job that pays at least $50K+
  5. Is it safe to swim in the Gulf beaches, even though there was a major BP oil spill two years ago?
  6. Are the people welcoming of yankees? Or do they not give a crap? (I don't have a southern accent)
  7. I'm looking to move away from high cost of living, fast paced lifestyle and cold weather. Does the Gulf area solve those problems?
1. Weather is just like FLA, no real difference.
2. Alligators are not a threat unless you risk going into there habitat.
3. Crime is here, but I would guess less than CT, but don't know for sure.
4. There is some wealth, but not much. Coming from the wealthiest state
in the US to the poorest, you are going to see a difference. Best of
luck finding an acct/tax job that pays 50K plus, that will be difficult I
think.
5. The water is fine and safe. It is brown however, with little wave
action. If you want the pretty blue green gulf water, you must take
the ferry out 12 miles and go to the south side of the islands, or just
go to Gulf Shores or Destin...if that's your thing.
6. I find the people OK, but definitely not as hospitable as they claim.
I think their very superficial and disingenuous...not all... but many.
7. I doubt you would like it here, but at least come down and visit for
awhile. Based on your criteria, I think FLA (NOT the Panhandle)
would be a better mix for you.

Best of luck finding your sunny destination!
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