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Old 02-23-2014, 08:15 AM
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My family has been discussing relocated from my area outside of Pittsburgh Pa for several years. We have been to Florida several times and love the gulf coast area. I realize our situations there have been more touristy than actually living there so I was hoping to get some input. My husband and I are in our early 30s and we have 2 children who are 11 and 9 so good schools are important to me. We would love to live in an area with several family oriented things to do. I have checked the job market and it seems every place I look has several offering for things we are qualified in, is any place in particular very bad in this aspect? Is there something that is going to cost a ton of money that might surprise me? What areas would you avoid safety wise? It seems the areas I have looked are around this area have pretty affordable housing, anyplace lower than others or higher to avoid? I think our income lever is pretty on par for the area, we make about $80k a year combined. Thank a lot for any suggestions you have!
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:23 AM
Location: Tampa Bay, FL
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From my perspective most people in the greater Tampa Bay area do not make 80k household income. Median household income is about half that.

As with any post that replies to questions like yours, have a job and know the salary before you move.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:31 AM
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Safety Harbor, Countryside (Clearwater), Palm Harbor in Pinellas county will have the better schools. I can't speak for Hillsborough or Pasco counties. Safety Harbor is very walkable and has a cute little downtown. Specific neighborhoods in North Pinellas county that you may want to look at include: Bay Woods, Del Oro Groves, Northwood, all of Countryside, Allens Ridge, and Indian Trails. I've missed some I'm sure. Prices in all of those areas are going to be $220-$450k+. Places I wouldn't personally want to live include South St. Pete, Largo, and parts of Pinellas Park (some rougher/not-so-nice neighborhoods), and Snell Isle (underwater with every Tropical Storm.)

Expenses that surprise people often include car registration/title transfer/license fees. Two cars and a couple licenses will run you $1,100+ right off the bat. Some are shocked by the car insurance rates, others not so much. Run a couple online quotes with phoney addresses to get an idea.

Our income is close to yours (we don't have kids, though) and we live very well here. Remember, no state income tax

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Old 02-23-2014, 07:08 PM
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No state income tax, however, expenses for things like homeowner's and car insurance are significantly higher than PA and most other northern states. It's not a wash but to imply that there is a major gap in cost of living between the two areas is simply wrong.

You will have some difficulty getting interviews if you aren't in the area. Applicants I have coached that lived outside the area were advised to find a local address they could use, that of a friend, family member or even a mail drop, like the UPS Store. Get a local number through Google Voice as well, and just forward it to your phone.

I can tell you that as a former hiring manager, I rarely considered anyone from outside the area unless they were really spectacular. Too many issues to deal with when people are self-relocating.

Not trying to be negative, just offering some insight from direct experience.

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