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Old 10-09-2011, 10:05 PM
Location: Brandon, FL
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Originally Posted by Zoochick614 View Post
"southern?" I have never heard Tampa described as a southern city. In fact, Florida is not really like the deep south at all. We have a lot of northerners who have transplanted here. It is hard to find a native Floridian. Most people in Tampa are not originally from Florida.
ok that's good to know. do you recommend any particular parts of tampa that are nice to live in?
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:59 AM
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Well...you're looking for an area where there is some kind of nightlife? Do you want to be in the city or more on the outskirts? South Tampa is very nice and has a mix of homes, apartments, townhomes for rent or sale. It's close to downtown but it has it's own bar scene which I actually like better. Its also close to i-275, the crosstown expressway and i-4. Parts of the actual city limits besides south Tampa can be sketchy however. I live in seminole heights its within city limits and its got a great location since its right next to i-275. Its a neighborhood of old bungalows and we love it here! But again, just outside of seminole heights there are sketchy areas. There are more suburban areas like new Tampa, carrollwood, westchase, citrus park, which are all very nice and low crime. But they are not necessarily close to the city. Depending on traffic it would take you about 30-45 mins to drive to Tampa from these areas. So I guess it depends on what you're looking for :-) hope this helps!
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Smile4unc View Post
Is Tampa really like a southern city? I've heard that a lot about Tampa, that it's too southern.
West central FL has a lot of transplants from the southeast and midwest, so the pace is a lot slower here than in southeastern FL, which is mostly northeastern transplants and has a northeastern pace. Whether this is "southern" feeling depends on you (plenty of posts here dedicated to that conversation). Suffice to say that, if you're from rural Mississippi, the bay area will feel decidedly not southern; if you've lived your whole life in the northeast, you'll find it very southern feeling here. Also, where I live in St. Pete it's more laid back than Tampa, as there's a bit of a 'beach vacation'/'island time' thing going on that doesn't really exist in Tampa. Whether any of that is a good or bad thing is up to you. The cost of living is generally lower here than in Ft. Lauderdale, work/life balance is generally better, I like the pace of life better, and salaries in my field are the same. So, for me, it's an easy choice; in fact, Ft. Lauderdale's not an attractive option. But it's all about what your personal preferences are, and having the exact same job and reporting structure either way would level things a little bit (though probably not enough that I'd be interested in southeastern FL).

My favorite neighborhoods with good nightlife in the bay area are South Tampa and downtown St. Pete. In South Tampa, you want to be south of Kennedy and north of Gandy. Nightlife is mostly on/around South Howard Ave (called "SoHo"). In downtown St. Pete, you want to be north of 5th Ave S and east of 4th St. Nightlife is mostly on/around Beach Dr. from 5th Ave NE to Central, and then on/around Central to about 4th St. Lots of posts here discussing/comparing South Tampa and St. Pete. In addition, you may want to look at Channelside in Tampa. There are some nice apartments/condos there, but I just don't like Channelside; it's got that "I'm hanging out in a mall" feel, which is pretty normal in FL, but doesn't do it for me.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:00 PM
Location: SE Florida
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BBI is accurate and I thought SE Florida including Ft Lauderdale was turtle slow when we first came here after 35 years working in the Philly area. Anyway I have been to each location they are a toss up if I had my choice of either one. I love the quiet like Port Saint Lucie in SE Florida and that is where we reside.

There will be bad elements everywhere but the closer you get to West Palm Beach, Miami or Fort Lauderdale the more the element shows up suddenly outta nowhere...
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:54 AM
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Miami is elitist and money/looks do matter in South florida much more than tampa/st.pete, especially if you are single (obviously) and Tampa/St.Pete is very laid back, no one cares if youre wearing ferragamo, fendi or walmart

For a family definitely Tampa/St.Pete, but if youre single -South Florida lol

to the OP I copied and posted this from another thread and I think youll find it useful:


on paper that may be true but I have lived in both cities and miami is the fast paced, young, hip trendy cousin of tampa-the slow paced, cute, small country bumpkin

even in 2012 tampa is extremely slow paced, which is not a bad thing it all depends on what people like
on paper tampa's average population age may be lower than miami's but in REAL LIFE, you see SO many more q-tips in the tampa bay, clearwater, st. pete area than southeast florida aka miami
even most of tampa bay's tourists seem to all be 40years or older I asked someone why that is and this is the answer they gave me:
"It depends. Miami is a little much for older people who want to bask in the nice weather and just golf or check out Spring Training, and also a bit much for underage kids who do want to go to Orlando. Miami is more for single 20-30 somethings, and better if you are well off financially than not. Tampa is cheaper and has less crime, and is a less socially and racially stratified place than Miami.

been to both many times over three diff. decades"

and I completely agree with that person

I don't know why people in central and north florida feel like they need to "prove" that their cities are as good as miami when there is just no comparison...miami is the hot spot city in the entire state of florida hands down- when it comes to vacations, young sexy people, movie shoots, models, south beach, nightlife and the fast paced lifestyle miami will always be #1 in the state of FL.
Now does that mean places like Orlando and Tampa aren't great? No, they both have their own unique charm and amusement parks galore but it just all depends on who you are, how old you are, what you want in life and what kind of lifestyle you are used to

Central Florida-Tampa and Orlando
Great for families
Much less crime than south florida
Cheaper than S.FL
More places to rent than S.FL
More "Green" than s.FL such as pastures, "woods" cattle, pine trees and such
Drivers arent as crazy as south florida
People are friendlier than south florida
Schools are better in terms of size and less problems than the ones in miami
Everything a person "needs" is available without the crazy fast paced lifestyle
Definitely more jobs available than miami and you dont have to speak spanish
Clearwater beach is very clean and pretty but thats not in tampa obviously its about a 40 minute drive to get there from tampa
Weather is more mild than South Florida, it does get colder for longer in tampa/st.pete than south florida but if you have experienced northern winters the cold is absolutely nothing

Dead nightlife compared to miami/south beach
If you are from somewhere like LA, SD OR NYC you will get tired of tampa/orlando very quickly
This is just my opinion but south florida native (miami, fort laud, boca raton, palm beach) women are the hottest in the state, and other than a few transplants you wont find a lot of them in central and north florida unless they are attending college
Beaches arent as pretty and tourist friendly as miami beach, fort laud beach, palm beach etc, the best beach in tampa isnt even in tampa its in clearwater-however the view from the bridge from clearwater to clearwater beach is gorgeous it looks like a postcard, the first time you see it, especially if you have never been to FL, it will take your breath away, I definitely recommend a drive from clearwater beach down to st.pete beach, if you look on a map it looks like a long skinny peninsula near the side of clearwater, it has a cute oahu/island type vibe to it, very pretty drive
More rednecks and hillbillies than south florida, think confederate flags, pickup trucks with huge tires, and lots of bumper stickers- this seems to be a common observation from people who are from big cities like miami, nyc, and la that visit places like tampa or even orlando
Lots of q tip tourists from places like north carolina, virginia, texas, south carolina ALL year round so instead of those hot, cute college girl tourists coming down from California for spring break you will have to deal with 40 year old+ tourists, and families from the north visiting all year round especially during the winter time, and they tend to stay closer to clearwater beach but it spills over to tampa and some people visit tampa for families and relatives so expect to see cars with northern state license plates all year
tampa is known as the lightning city- guess why? rain rain rain and lightning. Some people like that so it could be a pro but I think most people dont so I put it in con

Miami/south east florida-

Hot, young sexy people-The largest grouping in one spot of hot, sexy, modeling contract worthy people will be found in miami, south beach, fort laud, boca raton, palm beach etc that doesn't mean there aren't some people like that in other areas of the state I'm just saying you'll find the LARGEST AMOUNT of people like that in south florida
great nightlife-south beach
Its the place to be in florida
Great malls such as aventura, galleria, sawgrass, pembroke
Spring breakers woohoo!
More of a cultural melting pot than any other area of florida-theres a lot of latinos, blacks, indians, native americans(seminoles), europeans etc etc racism is not really a problem in south florida, whatever color, ethnicity you are you are accepted, assimilation is easy
More to see, more to do, great beaches and lots of places to hang out for young singles, lots of bars, clubs

Not that great to raise a family
Not a lot of jobs but depends on what you do
High cost of living- rent, insurance, food, taxes on bills
Not that many places to rent unless you want to pay $1,000+ for a one bedroom
HOT -think 98 degrees everyday in the summertime and only two weeks of "winter" and maybe only 2 days where the weather drops below 40 degrees
CRIME-everyday someone or a few people die in miami..not even that big of an exaggeration
If you are from a small town or used to a slower paced lifestyle you will probably start to hate miami after a few months
Miami despite being the most well known city in FL is actually quite small compared to places like Vegas and LA so it can get old quick
Drivers are maniacs-there was a news story not that long ago about some driver that shot at another driver through the passenger window down in miami ..probably for cutting him off or something
Schools are getting bad, a lot of parents are turning to home schooling in SE FL, theres just too many drugs and violence
Homeless people in downtown miami - lots of them
In most of SE FL if you are not latin or black in 2012 you are a minority...this can be a con or pro but it all depends on you

Economy is still not that good in any part of Florida, reports stated that when the economy crashed florida was the hardest hit state in the entire U.S., make sure you have a job lined up or at best you will get paid $9 an hour to work at circle k gas station in cities like Tampa, and Miami/SE FL you need to speak atleast some spanish because that'll raise your chances of getting hired anywhere just like hawaii where you need to know some japanese to get a job

For families -central florida
For young single with some cash definitely SE FL
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:43 PM
Location: Toledo, OH
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I'm very curious why someone would come here and post where should I live (between two drastically different cities/areas). We know nothing about the OP's makeup, likes, dislikes, etc...

just seems odd to me
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:40 PM
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I'd say Tampa
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:17 PM
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"For a family definitely Tampa/St.Pete, but if youre single -South Florida lol"

I've lived in both areas. At your age, Ft. Lauderdale now, Tampa later when you either start raising a family or start to slow down.
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:53 AM
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Wesley Chapel has NO night life! Fort Lauderdale is your best bet per what you said in your original post. I would move back there in a minute if we didn't have kids.
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