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Old 10-19-2011, 01:30 AM
 
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Hello everybody! I have been heavily considering moving to South Florida for over a year now. The only thing that is stopping me is that I hear it is very expensive. I don't really have a career. I have worked retail and customer service all my life and I am a 32 (well will be this month) year old single woman, no kids. I do have a couple of relatives that live there and they love it so they encourage me to come out there. I am from Dallas, tx, and I am just ready to move around and find my place because Dallas is not it for me. I don't care about the Latino culture so I don't want to hear about the immigrants and so forth. I actually embrace all of the caribbean cultures. So, if anybody could give me a little advise about the cost of living such as apartments, the single scene and so fourth. I would greatly appreciate it!
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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This is the worst place possible to move without a job. Do you plan to live with your relatives? Are they going to give you free rent? Do you have any money saved up at all? If not, then you cannot afford to move here.

Even if you found a job, it is nearly impossible to survive here working retail or in customer service. Those jobs are low paying and housing here is very expensive. It is simply a bad plan to move here given your current situation.

How expensive is it here? You will nee to spend close to $1000/mo for a 1BR apartment anywhere in Fort Lauderdale or close by. $800/mo will get you a cheap apartment in a western suburb of Fort Lauderdale in a family area. Anything under $800 will pretty much be in a ghetto neighborhood with bad crime.

I would suggest looking in a smaller Southern city where average rents are significantly cheaper.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:13 PM
 
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My advice is to stay put. South Florida is no place to live on a retail salary, especially without a job officially rounded up. A full time retail manager here would probably live slightly worse than a full time cashier would in Dallas, and that only assuming you could find a vacant position. Retail isn't as far into the dumps as other employment sectors here, but it's pretty bad. Listen to Nolefan.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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The closer you live to the beach, the more expensive it is. Florida is cheap compare to the place I'm living in now (NoVA/DC area). I wouldn't live near the beach and just save a good amount of money, since it's less than 10 miles away at the most Western parts of Broward County.

I thought 1000/mo for a 1bd was alot back in FL, up here any studio for less than 1500 is a steal.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:14 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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You may want to look into central florida or maybe a little more south like the Vero Beach area. You could get a 1bdroom for as low as $350 but I am not too sure of the area. There is nothing to do there though, and there's a lot of old people.
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