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Old 09-19-2010, 02:20 PM
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Am originally from FL, now a single mom, displaced homemaker, who moved back to FL after yuk divorce to be closer to family. Hasn't worked, not where I want to be.
I need to get back on my feet, am looking to attend school at one of the colleges in the areas I mentioned, but I am also low income (some support $) but no job. I am choosing N Florida for less population, something closer to a resemblance of seasons, and a step closer to my goal of moving a little farther north out of FL. I have one child living with me, who will also attend community college.
I am trying to keep this simple, focusing on education, job skills, limited commute, and able to afford some sort of safe, clean, housing. What would others who live in either of these areas recommend? Thank you for your input.

Forgot to add one other college area - Madison, FL.

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Old 09-19-2010, 03:13 PM
Location: Tampa
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Jacksonville will probably be your best bet job-wise. Gainesville is mostly college- and health-related jobs and I don't know your field/experiences. I don't think there are too many jobs in Lake City and there are probably far less in Madison.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:48 AM
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Jacksonville might be better for jobs, but for an academic lifestyle and the stress associated with both work and school I think Gainesville could be a better fit. Being in school requires focus and that's difficult if you have a full plate of responsibilities and a lot of distractions. Living amongst others who are on the same path makes it easier to stick to and stay focused. The quality of life in Gainesville is quite good and I think you'll appreciate the pace of life more so as well. Good luck!
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:39 AM
Location: Lake City, Florida (Native)
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Living in Lake City enjoy it now retired, but if looking for work and/or schools, Be better off as stated with Jax or Gainesville ..
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