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Old 12-23-2019, 07:33 AM
 
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Florida has changed. I see more people moving here, more traffic, cost of living and rent has skyrocketed while wages have stagnant. Did you move and where to. Did the change improve your quality of life and standard of living or did you regret moving out of Florida?
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:59 AM
 
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Sooner or later most will be and it will become the next California......
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I left Florida twice. 1st time I left after I graduated from Florida with a BBA, and I went back home to St. Louis..huge mistake. I made my way back to Florida after 5 years. Then, I left Florida a 2nd time ...took a promotion to Columbus Ohio...this was even a bigger mistake than the 1st time I left. I escaped Columbus Ohio after just 1 year there, by getting transferred to Atlanta. It took me 20 years to get from Atlanta back to Florida.

I made a lot of money in the other places, met my wife, started our family, got my MBA, started my business, but Florida is so much better than anyplace else I've lived. I Summered in the Hamptons in the late 1960's, and early 70's, and that came in 2nd place to Florida.

I'm never leaving Florida again. I'm semi-retired at an early age, and I'm enjoying every moment here.
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Sooner or later most will be and it will become the next California......
As someone looking to leave the state in 5-10 years for an early retirement destination that better suits our needs, I’m currently cheering for that kind of scenario
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Florida/Tennessee
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Florida has changed. I see more people moving here, more traffic, cost of living and rent has skyrocketed while wages have stagnant. Did you move and where to. Did the change improve your quality of life and standard of living or did you regret moving out of Florida?
Is this feelings or fact driven?
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Old 12-23-2019, 09:52 AM
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South Florida is becoming more expensive to live, which is why I been noticing more South Florida folks moving here.
Correction: it has always been expensive to live there.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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sport69 is partially right. I lived in Florida 25 years ago, left, then returned 2 years ago. Florida has a LOT more people, and traffic for sure. I lived in Boca 25 years ago, and return often, I couldn't live there now...too crowded for me. That's why I chose the SW coast instead. Southern Sarasota County isn't too far gone...yet. Florida population data is everywhere, and it confirms Florida's growth.

Rent skyrocketing? Rents almost always go up (except in gov't rent controlled areas), but I don't see them skyrocketing. In 2018, I rented a nice 2/2/2 villa in Sarasota County for $1,350/month on a 1 year lease...2,000 sq ft in a nice gated HOA community. It could have nicely accommodated roommates at $625/each. Nice places <$1,000 are tough to find now, I'll give him that.

Cost of living skyrocketing? I dont see this either. College tuition and healthcare are outpacing inflation, but the rest is pretty much the same. We have almost no inflation right now.

Wages stagnant? Nationally, they are rising again, by small amounts, but rising nonetheless. I'm guessing Florida's wages are tracking the national average.

Florida's job market isn't as attractive as many other places. There's very little manufacturing, and few service sector jobs pay $100,000+. Best bet here is to be self-employed and own a business.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:03 AM
 
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It's all relative. South Florida is cheap compared to New York so they keep coming and immigrants are fine cramming multiple generations or families together living in substandard conditions since it is still an improvement over where they came from so they will keep coming.

Orlando and Tampa, especially the suburb and exurb counties are fairly affordable.

If you want a home near the beach or in a walkable downtown close to work, Florida is expensive. If you compromise and buy a tract home in Pasco County commuting to Tampa 45 minutes, it's very affordable. Florida is what you make of it.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:26 AM
 
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Florida's job market isn't as attractive as many other places. There's very little manufacturing, and few service sector jobs pay $100,000+. Best bet here is to be self-employed and own a business.
You're absolutely right on that one.


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It's all relative. South Florida is cheap compared to New York so they keep coming and immigrants are fine cramming multiple generations or families together living in substandard conditions since it is still an improvement over where they came from so they will keep coming.
Yes. Florida is cheap for people who have spent years building their careers somewhere else. They can take what they get for their current home in the coastal major city and/or the savings from their higher salaries and buy a beautiful property here. It appears to be a different story for people who have tried to build their careers here. That's the point I've been arguing on many of these cost of living threads.
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Old 12-23-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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Some here seem to know nothing about Polk County. It is poised to be the manufacturing hub of Florida. The economy here is VERY STRONG, lots of job growth and not all minimum wage, either. And cost of real estate is still reasonable. Amazon already has one fulfillment center in Lakeland and opening another LARGER one in nearby Auburndale. Amazon is also putting an airhub at Lakeland Linder airport. Amazon alone will be creating a few thousand jobs. And Publix is expanding their headquarters here also, 700 more jobs. People, we are talking BOOMING here.
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