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Old 07-24-2014, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Ya, just wait until she gets to experience a Chicago winter. That should start in September and end in June.
It's "he".

I just went through the harshest winter Chicago has had in a long time and I did not want it to end. Luckily, it has been a pretty mild summer and I could only hope winter starts in September.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:51 AM
 
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You can't compare Chicago to Tampa Chicago is an enormouse metropolitan area. Tampa is just a mid-sized city (though it is growing).

I've lived in Memphis, spent a summer in Alaska, lived in northern Indiana, and spent summers in the UK and Germany. Long ago, I swore I'd get out of Florida and never return. After being away from this place for several years, I realized how much I really loved it here and moved back. This is home for me, and I love it! I feel like I'm on vacation pretty much all the time. The people and the weather here are just amazing. I have a great job here, good friends and family close by, I attend an awesome church, I'm surrounded by amazing restaurants and Tampa's rich culture, and I live in the BEST city - a charming little hidden gem called Safety Harbor. We've got some of the most beautiful beaches and fishing in the world here in the Tampa Bay area, and I love how laid back everything is.

It doesn't surprise me that people want to move here.
It depends what you compare. Chicago is superior only in some urban amenities and # of highrises (all such cities are in essence concrete jungles, they grow old on people after a while, especially if not young). However, INMO, you can't compare the feeling you get driving on Skyway looking at the Bay and Gulf waters. Nature is simply more alive down here. If you're an outdoorsy person, FL is the place to be.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:52 AM
 
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Criminals dont operate by zip code.
Crime maps suggest otherwise.

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Well we moved from an upper middle class neighborhood to here and we do indeed feel it is paradise.....for us. So maybe we should meet sometime, so you can check that off your bucket list....LOL!
You have the weather taste of a lizard, this morning I left my gym at 7 am opening the door of the gym to walk to my car it felt like I was walking into an oven at 7 am. My point is that often people cant afford the big house in a nice neighborhood in the northeast so when they move down and they get the nice neighborhood and big house its a step up so they overlook all the negatives, but for people who were already living in the same type of house and neighborhood its a different story.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:00 AM
 
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Ya, just wait until she gets to experience a Chicago winter. That should start in September and end in June.
I know what you mean.. been to Chicago in Dec/January.... it's no joke
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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If you find the weather not to your liking perhaps you live in the wrong part of the country.
Do you have any idea what a house costs in the N.E. or the property taxes on it? It becomes
ridiculous to become a slave to your residence. That is why the FL population keeps rising.
People are tired of the rat race.

I dont see a large influx of people to many other places. Makes me wonder why so many people are totally unhappy here but never leave.

It appears that most of the people who dislike life in FL have dreams of wealth, high paying jobs, huge houses, Mercedes-Benz an Porche cars in the driveway but they just cant make that dream come true no matter where they live and they begin to wallow in hate against everything.




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You have the weather taste of a lizard, this morning I left my gym at 7 am opening the door of the gym to walk to my car it felt like I was walking into an oven at 7 am. My point is that often people cant afford the big house in a nice neighborhood in the northeast so when they move down and they get the nice neighborhood and big house its a step up so they overlook all the negatives, but for people who were already living in the same type of house and neighborhood its a different story.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I didn't complain that there are "no jobs". I had a good job in Florida, but for a lot of occupations the pay is less in Florida and the COL is increasing. I am critical of people who tout unemployment numbers when a lot of the jobs are low paying service/call center jobs.

I never claimed Chicago is paradise, but I do enjoy living in a world class city. It also made #8 on the same list, genius.

If you can't comprehend any of my past post and stay stuck on your dislike of my username, just stop responding.
You could say much the same thing about any Southern state, most of which are far worse off than the Tampa area.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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It depends what you compare. Chicago is superior only in some urban amenities and # of highrises (all such cities are in essence concrete jungles, they grow old on people after a while, especially if not young). However, INMO, you can't compare the feeling you get driving on Skyway looking at the Bay and Gulf waters. Nature is simply more alive down here. If you're an outdoorsy person, FL is the place to be.
Some people need to think that they are living the big time lifestyle and seek out large cities. There they can blend in easier. Less obvious and it makes them feel important.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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Some people need to think that they are living the big time lifestyle and seek out large cities. There they can blend in easier. Less obvious and it makes them feel important.
Most must be very young. From personal experience, the big city grows old on people after they start aging. It's a phase, kind of like saying "been there, done that" then they move on..
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Most must be very young. From personal experience, the big city grows old on people after they start aging. It's a phase, kind of like saying "been there, done that" then they move on..
That could be a reason. Very young and inexperienced in life. Yeah, life in the rat race does get old
as we age. The funny thing is most of them will eventually begin to hate their chosen place and then move on to another place they will learn to hate and the cycle will continue on for the rest of their lives. Kind of like nomads wandering the planet.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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As a Tampa native who feels he is being squeezed out by all the transplants moving here... I would have to say that it doesn't surprise me that Tampa is currently ranked one of the best place to move to. Apparently all the lemmings have agreed!

I love it here. But it's officially time for me to get out. Too many people and not enough infrastructure for them all. The entire Tampa Bay area has grown way too fast, and now all that's happening is the young generations are leaving. So the reputation of Florida being a great place to get old and die is becoming more crystallized these days. More old people moving in, less young people sticking around. This state is now the most beautiful retirement home in the nation! I'm not blaming people for moving here, either. It's beautiful. Way too hot and humid for me anymore, though, the older I get. I'm going the other direction... I'm now looking to leave Florida as I approach my 40s and move to the PNW, which I understand is a place that most people move *from* as they get older. I guess I'm backwards!!!
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