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Old 11-16-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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I am waiting to hear if I got a job with the federal govt. in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. The job pays 31K per year. If I get the job I will be moving from central Indiana. I only need a studio since I'm single with no children. I'm looking for a no frills place, within reason. I've been looking at craigslist for apts. and found a few below $600


Thanks for any suggestions on areas around Dade-Broward etc., on website to look for an economical apartment in the area and general info/advice.

Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro Beach
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A few condo units of 1/1 or even studios for $600 a month, definetely that's in the slums, not downtown. Be carefull
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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If you have other job options - I would consider them - $31K in or near downtown is tough. If you need/ really want the job - then consider roommates - but really be careful - try to find a recommendation from someone you know - Florida is the birthplace and permanent home of the scam.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:52 PM
 
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Thanks.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Broward County, South Florida
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you might consider looking to rent a room or share a place for a year until you get settled. Lots of nice shared units out west a bit. I assume 31K with the govt is the starting and every year you'll get an increase for a couple of years. Best of luck, I hope it works out for you.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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$31K per year is tough in Fort Lauderdale.
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:55 AM
 
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$31K per year is tough in Fort Lauderdale.
That's really kind of sad. Around here in central Indiana people would give anything for a job that pays that.
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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That's really kind of sad. Around here in central Indiana people would give anything for a job that pays that.
Sadly, here too. Unfortunately, it's not as cheap to live here as Indiana.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:59 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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Living in Indiana is MUCH MUCH different than living in South Florida though... you can't really compare the two.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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That's really kind of sad. Around here in central Indiana people would give anything for a job that pays that.
How much does housing cost in Indiana? Someone making $31,000 per year should spend no more than $775 per month on housing. While it is POSSIBLE to obtain housing here for less than that it is not easy, and available housing may not be in the safest neighborhoods.

Additionally, there is little in the way of mass transit here so owning a car is necessary in order to get to most jobs that are not in walking distance to someone's home. Car insurance is expensive in this area.

I think it's possible to get by with $31K in Fort Lauderdale, but it's tough.
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