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Old 08-08-2020, 03:10 PM
 
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I am looking to relocate from my home state of Indiana to somewhere in Florida. I’m looking for a few specifics but otherwise would be happy just to be in Florida. I’m from northern Indiana and am sick of the cold winter weather. I get depressed in the fall and winter due to lack of sunshine. So here are my main priorities:

Affordability I’m not made of money, have a salary around 35K a year. I work for Walmart and prefer to transfer to another store rather than looking to work for a new company, at least at first.

LGBT friendly It doesn’t need to be party central, but I’d prefer somewhere that is at least somewhere I can feel comfortable being out and enough to have a decent social/personal life.

Urban I’d prefer either urban or suburban. I don’t really want to live in a rural area, but it doesn’t have to be downtown in a big city either.

Safety I’d like somewhere I don’t have to worry about my physical safety. I get that all cities have their crime, but I don’t want to feel unsafe either. I live somewhere that violence is usually related to drugs or is personal. I don’t feel unsafe going out at nights as long as you follow basic common sense.

I have visited Florida before but only up North. I had family that lived in Lake City so I’ve been to Gainesville, Jacksonville, St Augustine, and Destin. It’s been quite a while so I plan on visiting anywhere before I move but I’m not set on it having to be north or south Florida. Anyone who can help me with my search I would very much appreciate it!
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Old 08-08-2020, 03:49 PM
 
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Being a Midwesterner I would recommend the Tampa Bay area which has more transplants from that area and would make for an easier assimilation versus other areas that tend to have many more from NY, NJ and other parts of the Northeast for example. As a member of the LGBT community myself I have found in my trips around the state the St Petersburg-Clearwater LGBT community the most welcoming and more down to earth. 35K is not a lot in FL but you'll find some options in terms of housing that are reasonably safe. I'd recommend the Pinellas Pointe area at the south end of St Pete, look for rental condos in the Pasadena area of Southwest St Pete (lots of retirees but quiet!) and also condos in/around downtown St Pete's northside (Historic Uptown and Crescent Lake neighborhoods) where one bedrooms can be found in the $850 range. There's a management company called Terrier Properties that manages some small buildings in the very desirable Old Northeast area near downtown that are affordable also and worth checking on. Unit - Terrier Properties
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Old 08-08-2020, 04:24 PM
 
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Glades county is where i would move.
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Old 08-08-2020, 08:13 PM
 
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Glades county is where i would move.
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Old 08-09-2020, 04:33 AM
 
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That would be great, kate.
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Old 08-09-2020, 04:37 AM
 
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I am looking to relocate from my home state of Indiana to somewhere in Florida. I’m looking for a few specifics but otherwise would be happy just to be in Florida. I’m from northern Indiana and am sick of the cold winter weather. I get depressed in the fall and winter due to lack of sunshine. So here are my main priorities:

Affordability I’m not made of money, have a salary around 35K a year. I work for Walmart and prefer to transfer to another store rather than looking to work for a new company, at least at first.

LGBT friendly It doesn’t need to be party central, but I’d prefer somewhere that is at least somewhere I can feel comfortable being out and enough to have a decent social/personal life.

Urban I’d prefer either urban or suburban. I don’t really want to live in a rural area, but it doesn’t have to be downtown in a big city either.

Safety I’d like somewhere I don’t have to worry about my physical safety. I get that all cities have their crime, but I don’t want to feel unsafe either. I live somewhere that violence is usually related to drugs or is personal. I don’t feel unsafe going out at nights as long as you follow basic common sense.

I have visited Florida before but only up North. I had family that lived in Lake City so I’ve been to Gainesville, Jacksonville, St Augustine, and Destin. It’s been quite a while so I plan on visiting anywhere before I move but I’m not set on it having to be north or south Florida. Anyone who can help me with my search I would very much appreciate it!
I'd recommend the downtown area of ST Petersburg. St Pete doesn't have that downtown metro feel. It's more of tropical, relaxed feel. Certain parks of STP aren't safe, but the downtown area feels safe. Price of housing can be steep though. With the Rays baseball team leaving, I think you'll see more affordable housing open up around the current Tropicana Field. The area seems to be very LGBT friendly - annual parade to prove it.
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Old 08-09-2020, 12:30 PM
 
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Once i start buying up homes in that county i may need help to the gate kate or be late.
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Old 08-10-2020, 10:02 AM
 
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please stay where you are, we don't need it
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Old 08-10-2020, 10:14 AM
 
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better at CA west coast, try that first
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Old 08-10-2020, 10:57 AM
 
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Miami may fit the bill. Like any bigger city it has its share of crime, etc., though. Best to know someone or have family there to acclimate.
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