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View Poll Results: What made you move to Florida?
The sunny warm weather (the winters are too long and cold where I am from) 17 47.22%
The people in Florida 1 2.78%
The culture 4 11.11%
Job transfer 5 13.89%
Family lives here 5 13.89%
My spouse wanted to move to Florida (I did not) 1 2.78%
Cheaper real estate 4 11.11%
To get away from the earthquakes 0 0%
Retirement 0 0%
The beaches 11 30.56%
The "landscape" (palm tree's, flat land, etc...) 7 19.44%
To find a better job here 5 13.89%
To find a "soul mate" 1 2.78%
Moved here cause of friends 1 2.78%
School 1 2.78%
The air is cleaner (less pollution) 2 5.56%
Safer in Florida 1 2.78%
Cost of living is Cheaper in Florida 6 16.67%
Other (Please explain) 10 27.78%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 36. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-25-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Miami North (Orlando)
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I hear over and over again how people have moved from NY (or wherever) to FL because "it's cheaper" and I think that's a terrible reason. Now me, I'm a FL native and I'm partial to the Southeast and would never wanna live in NY. But I can see how some folks who move here because it's cheaper are disappointed and want to move back up north.
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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Early retirement and IT IS CHEAPER to live here than the Boston area.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default It isn't cheaper

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I hear over and over again how people have moved from NY (or wherever) to FL because "it's cheaper" and I think that's a terrible reason. Now me, I'm a FL native and I'm partial to the Southeast and would never wanna live in NY. But I can see how some folks who move here because it's cheaper are disappointed and want to move back up north.
When you add up all the other things that are MORE expensive in Florida as in; HOI, water, auto insurance, this fee, that fee. It ends up being a wash if you use your EXCEL.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Woodbridge, va
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When you add up all the other things that are MORE expensive in Florida as in; HOI, water, auto insurance, this fee, that fee. It ends up being a wash if you use your EXCEL.
Not when you live in Jacksonville...

Also my water bill is about the same and my car insurance is actually cheaper...
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Not when you live in Jacksonville...

Also my water bill is about the same and my car insurance is actually cheaper...
My water bill in NY ran about $75 every 3 months with 4 people living there, including 2 daughters with showers, wash, etc. In Florida there is only my husband and myself and it is about $125 A MONTH. It just plain doesn't RAIN as much in Florida and you pay the price for all that sunshine.

My car insurance, again, is almost double. That is with no claims in either state and taking an under 25 year old dependent OFF the insurance in Florida, with the same insurance company we had for over 20 years. They told us it was because Florida is more of an at risk state than NY and doesn't require state inspections.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Woodbridge, va
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My water bill in NY ran about $75 every 3 months with 4 people living there, including 2 daughters with showers, wash, etc. In Florida there is only my husband and myself and it is about $125 A MONTH. It just plain doesn't RAIN as much in Florida and you pay the price for all that sunshine.

My car insurance, again, is almost double. That is with no claims in either state and taking an under 25 year old dependent OFF the insurance in Florida, with the same insurance company we had for over 20 years. They told us it was because Florida is more of an at risk state than NY and doesn't require state inspections.
My water bill is about $40/month for a 1200 sq/ft apartment with 2 people living here... In MD I was paying a flat rate of $23/month for a 600 sq/ft apartment...

It was unexpected but my car insurance went down from MD to FL by about $10/month and I am 21...

My apartment in Southern MD (1.5 hours from DC) was $1100/month and it was a 600 sq/ft dump... My apartment here in JAX is a 2 bed 2 bath 1200 sq/ft in a nice complex and is $800/month...

So I doubled the size of my apartment in a nicer area and I am paying hundreds less a month... I have so much more money down here than I did in the Peoples Republic of MD...
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Amherst, MA
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I moved here in 1994 with my ex girlfriend, and have been here since, then family moved down, I went back up north, came back with my wife, and I'm still here.
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Venice Florida
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I love to fish, I play golf (badly), I enjoy the beach, I wanted to do the things I enjoy year round.
At 40 I realized I couldn't predict how much longer I had. I didn't want to put off till retirement, the type of life style I wanted to enjoy. I could have picked other places, but I fell in love with Florida on a visit when I was 18. So I quit my nice corporate job, and made a go of it. 18 years later I'm still glad I made the move.
I still laugh during the summer months as I fight huge tarpon or play on a deserted golf course, this is the bad time of the year.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area Florida
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When you add up all the other things that are MORE expensive in Florida as in; HOI, water, auto insurance, this fee, that fee. It ends up being a wash if you use your EXCEL.
sorry but Auto insurance is much more expensive in NY and NJ.....

however I dont think it is less expensive to here either..which is why I had said most people dont move here cause its cheap, they move to other states for cheaper living or what appears to be cheaper at the time...but everything goes up and eventually does become a wash..
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Woodbridge, va
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sorry but Auto insurance is much more expensive in NY and NJ.....

however I dont think it is less expensive to here either..which is why I had said most people dont move here cause its cheap, they move to other states for cheaper living or what appears to be cheaper at the time...but everything goes up and eventually does become a wash..
I dunno the sole reason I moved here was cost related... I have a whole new standard of living after moving down here...
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