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Old 02-10-2015, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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Florida has to be the most polarizing state ever, people either love or hate more than any other place. Florida like Texas is a huge state with many different parts of the state being different, Florida is a hard state to understand because Central Florida, South Florida and Northern Florida are so damn different.
You got that right. I prefer South Florida in just about every way, but I still can't imagine living there full time.
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:18 PM
 
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I rather enjoy my personal circumstances, so I've been attempting (unsuccessfully) for the better part of a decade to get over some of the more prevalent shortcomings.
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:37 PM
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You got that right. I prefer South Florida in just about every way, but I still can't imagine living there full time.
What about other parts of Florida? I feel that FL has has a good variety of different places that anyone can find their spot. That said, I've always wanted to go to NC...plus they Publix now.
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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What about other parts of Florida? I feel that FL has has a good variety of different places that anyone can find their spot. That said, I've always wanted to go to NC...plus they Publix now.
That is one advantage Florida has its a very diverse state and its huge. More like Texas its hard to define. I really like the Orlando and Tampa areas, Sarasota and Naples, not big on Miami and South Florida don't care for the people. I really not big on Tally and the Panhandle as well.. too much like the Deep South. Jacksonville is an odd city as well its more like Southern GA than the rest of Florida
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Old 06-08-2017, 06:50 PM
 
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I tried to move from NW Pennsylvania to Tampa Bay Area remotely for two months and no one would interview me. People told me I would have to be local to even be considered unless it was such a hard to fill position that they couldn't find anyone locally.

Idk what ppl are talking about when they say this is a low cost of living area. I was making mid 60s in NW Pennsylvania renting a 2 bedroom house with a good sized front and back yard and a garage for $800 a month plus utilities, renting the same house here would be double or even triple that. Going out is also double or triple the cost.

I wrongly assumed that higher COL = higher salary for the same work and years of experience. I'm here to caution everyone thinking of moving here that this is not the case.

When I quit my job and moved in with relatives to get situated here I got interviews immediately but the salaries were in the low 40s! I lucked out and found another mid 60s job after three months of searching locally but the money doesn't go as far. A friend of a friend knew a friend of a friend that whose company was looking to hire someone.
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:32 PM
 
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I tried to move from NW Pennsylvania to Tampa Bay Area remotely for two months and no one would interview me. People told me I would have to be local to even be considered unless it was such a hard to fill position that they couldn't find anyone locally.

Idk what ppl are talking about when they say this is a low cost of living area. I was making mid 60s in NW Pennsylvania renting a 2 bedroom house with a good sized front and back yard and a garage for $800 a month plus utilities, renting the same house here would be double or even triple that. Going out is also double or triple the cost.

I wrongly assumed that higher COL = higher salary for the same work and years of experience. I'm here to caution everyone thinking of moving here that this is not the case.

When I quit my job and moved in with relatives to get situated here I got interviews immediately but the salaries were in the low 40s! I lucked out and found another mid 60s job after three months of searching locally but the money doesn't go as far. A friend of a friend knew a friend of a friend that whose company was looking to hire someone.
I noticed that too. I'm from Missouri which is known for very low cost of living and the jobs there don't pay great but they pay better than Florida. However up there your money goes a lot further basically like you described it. MO has income tax, but everything else there is cheaper.

Here in Florida everything for us has cost more. Car insurance, home insurance, healthcare, food, gas, car registration and utilities. The little savings FL has with no income taxes is easily made up in other areas.

It was much cheaper for my family living in St. Louis.
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Old 06-09-2017, 07:42 AM
 
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It is all relative - people moving here from very high cost areas feel like it is a bargain, and those from cheaper areas (like parts of the midwest) will find it expensive. The whole Tampa Bay Area has become far more expensive in the past several years due to the many thousands of people who want to live here, and in fact DO move here - supply and demand. I don't see that changing. And people moving here from high cost areas drive up the costs here because to them it is "cheap." I see this happening BIG TIME where I live now (in Sarasota). I think all cities in this expanded TBA are going to be very expensive in the coming years.
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Old 06-09-2017, 09:11 AM
 
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It is all relative - people moving here from very high cost areas feel like it is a bargain, and those from cheaper areas (like parts of the midwest) will find it expensive. The whole Tampa Bay Area has become far more expensive in the past several years due to the many thousands of people who want to live here, and in fact DO move here - supply and demand. I don't see that changing. And people moving here from high cost areas drive up the costs here because to them it is "cheap." I see this happening BIG TIME where I live now (in Sarasota). I think all cities in this expanded TBA are going to be very expensive in the coming years.
I agree 100 percent! Great post that sums it up.

Especially when you do find that rare Florida Cracker, native Floridian they complain about it and many of them end up moving a bit north.

I ran into an older guy in Georgia a couple years ago. He was born in Naples back in the 1940s and eventually decided to move to the mountains of North Georgia because of all the Yankees moving there and driving up the price of stuff. He said he couldn't put up with it anymore.

to people from NJ, NY, MA they think it's cheap especially if they're from NYC or Boston.

Someone coming from MI, KY, MO, AR, IN, KS it seems very expensive.

I've ran into a few people who are moving back north because it's getting so crowded and expensive. Ran into a lady from MD and a guy from Ohio who's lived here for 20 years is moving back to OH because of the terrible drivers and all the New Englanders moving here. They would rather put up with the cold.

To be honest if you want something affordable but still not terribly cold climate, I would pick someone like southern Missouri, northern Arkansas or Tennessee. It gets cold in the winter but it doesn't last very long and the snow doesn't stick around long. Even where I'm from in St. Louis most winters it doesn't snow a lot. Southern MO like around Branson is pretty mild in the winter with several days getting up into the 60s and 70s in the winter. Sure it might get cold but it's not like the upper Midwest or Northeast and is a lot cheaper.
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Old 06-09-2017, 09:20 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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to people from NJ, NY, MA they think it's cheap especially if they're from NYC or Boston.

Someone coming from MI, KY, MO, AR, IN, KS it seems very expensive.

I've ran into a few people who are moving back north because it's getting so crowded and expensive. Ran into a lady from MD and a guy from Ohio who's lived here for 20 years is moving back to OH because of the terrible drivers and all the New Englanders moving here. They would rather put up with the cold.

To be honest if you want something affordable but still not terribly cold climate, I would pick someone like southern Missouri, northern Arkansas or Tennessee. It gets cold in the winter but it doesn't last very long and the snow doesn't stick around long. Even where I'm from in St. Louis most winters it doesn't snow a lot. Southern MO like around Branson is pretty mild in the winter with several days getting up into the 60s and 70s in the winter. Sure it might get cold but it's not like the upper Midwest or Northeast and is a lot cheaper.
Great post
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Old 06-09-2017, 09:36 AM
 
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I'd also recommend South Carolina too, away from the coast a bit where it's cheaper. My parents were considering that. In a way I wish we did. Seems more industry jobs are moving to SC, NC than here in Florida.
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