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Old 02-19-2015, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Is there any way for you to visit both areas before making a decision? Both have changed tremendously in the last decade.
I am sure after a few days in either place you would know if one felt like home.

Two very different places - good luck with the decision!
Technically, yes I could do that, as I've already given notice at my job and will soon have lots of free time. But, I'm already nervous about how much money I'm going to be spending to make a move, between the moving costs and living expenses while searching for a job in a new place, so I'd rather not shell out more money to travel to both FL and NV before leaving New York. It's not an ideal situation, that's for sure, but it is what it is.

Thanks for the info regarding real estate sales in Tampa, too.

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Old 02-19-2015, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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as I posted earlier, if things don't work out in Tampa, you can move to nearby cities more easily than if things fail in Vegas, you're pretty much isolated there - you have a better chance at success in FLA imo because there's always Sarasota, St Pete, Jax, Miami, Orlando, and other smaller towns to head toward to find work......what's around LV? Henderson?

as for humidity - I've become acclimated to it -exercising in the morning on a regular basis improve your ability to adapt to it - I find the folks that are held hostage to their ice cold AC unit are most miserable when they hit the outdoors throughout the entire year.....
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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as I posted earlier, if things don't work out in Tampa, you can move to nearby cities more easily than if things fail in Vegas, you're pretty much isolated there - you have a better chance at success in FLA imo because there's always Sarasota, St Pete, Jax, Miami, Orlando, and other smaller towns to head toward to find work......what's around LV? Henderson?

as for humidity - I've become acclimated to it -exercising in the morning on a regular basis improve your ability to adapt to it - I find the folks that are held hostage to their ice cold AC unit are most miserable when they hit the outdoors throughout the entire year.....
I did read your earlier post; sorry if I didn't acknowledge it before.
I would see St. Pete and Orlando as the main locations outside Tampa to find work in FL. I know a lot of people love Miami, but I've never had any desire to live there. Not sure about Jax, as I don't know much about it. I've been to Sarasota years ago as I had a distant relative living there (he may still be there but we haven't kept in touch). I know that a lot of retirees go there. It seems like job opportunities would be limited there to things in restaurants and retail, but I could be wrong.

Henderson I basically consider to just be part of the entire Las Vegas area. Las Vegas is sort of isolated when you think about it. If you can't find a decent job in the LV valley, or just don't like it for some other reason, you really need to leave Nevada entirely and go to a different state, IMO. If I didn't like the weather in Vegas, then I could immediately rule out Phoenix too. Albuquerque might still be a consideration, as the weather is a bit more moderate and four-season there (they do get snow there, but not as much as Denver or Salt Lake). If Vegas didn't work out or I didn't like it, I do have a couple of other opportunities in mind, sort of cards that I'm keeping in my back pocket, in the SLC and Seattle areas (and maybe Portland) that I would only use if things got really bad in Vegas and I was out of work for an extended period of time.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:11 PM
 
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Roll your dice with Vegas and if you lose, come and check here .
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Default car insurance/driving in Tampa and St. Pete

I was just doing a little research about drunk driving rates in different cities and looking at Allstate's annual best drivers report.

On a website called nerdwallet.com, they list St. Petersburg as #19 (out of 150) for the most alcohol related fatal crashes, and Tampa as #24. They say that the average car insurance premium in St. Pete is $1473/yr. while in Tampa it's $1719. Both are quite a bit higher than the just over $900/yr that I pay now, though I am living in the suburbs and not a major city.

Out of 200 large cities, Allstate ranks St. Pete as #58 for having the best drivers (most amount of time between accidents, basically), while Tampa comes in way down at #160.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:32 PM
 
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I live in Tampa but I used to live in Phoenix and spent quite a lot of time in Vegas for work for years. I am only in Tampa for family otherwise I would go back west in a heartbeat. I find the people out west much nicer, friendlier and more laid back.
Here is what people in vegas forum are saying

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I have been here for 12 years....moved from NY ....I suggest you go to Florida...the people are much nicer and poor drivers in Vegas will drive you crazy.....
So interesting that more posters in Vegas forum are telling him to go to Tampa and here more posters are telling him to go to Vegas....Can you find something in between? Lol

It is going to be very difficult to make a choice without you seeing both.

Good luck!
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:39 PM
 
Location: FL
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Pondered the same question, chose FL. It's a choice btw arid or humid (4 months/yr).
To me the water issues in Nevada are scarier than FL.
Winters are absolutely fabulous in FL too, imho.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I've only been to Vegas twice - although the few days there were fun, entertaining, I can't see living there permanently.....if I did move to NV, I'd choice Reno over Vegas.....I enjoy Tahoe, Carson City, and what Reno has to offer - it seems to be more family friendly....lots to offer.....been to Reno twice as well and liked it both times.....
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:27 PM
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Here is what people in vegas forum are saying



So interesting that more posters in Vegas forum are telling him to go to Tampa and here more posters are telling him to go to Vegas....Can you find something in between? Lol

It is going to be very difficult to make a choice without you seeing both.

Good luck!
You would think people would be preaching their own city more, but I guess the grass truly is greener. Good for City-Data people giving unbiased advice!
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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You would think people would be preaching their own city more, but I guess the grass truly is greener. Good for City-Data people giving unbiased advice!
Posting here for seven years - I'm tired of seeing people move here thinking it's paradise, only to bad mouth the state and regret their decision. Florida isn't for everyone, that's for sure - but it seems like it's getting that way (3nd most pop state).
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