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Old 08-23-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I decided to ask this question on my own, reading such mixed reviews throughout the thread on here I dont want to stress myself out by focusing purely on the negative comments, so please try not to bash the city. I am a single mom of a 6 year old boy in my mid 20's I moved to Jacksonville about a year ago, and given the type of environment it is here, its been good to me be but not a place i'd like to settle or raise my child in. I have visited south florida and fell in love its much like back home. However, like ive stated, ive read mixed reviews and am a little torn on the area. I would like to know what the living is like in south florida. Im very adamant on good schools and some form of safety, i dont party so not too fast but not as slow as jackonville either. Granted its virtually unsafe throuout the US period, and every city has its bad areas so im not oblivious to those facts. I would just like to know, as a professional and as a single mom where would be a good place to live? I'm adamant about staying in florida, but WHERE is the BIG QUESTION
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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If you find a nice town in South Florida - it is great to live here!

P.S. where did you live before Jacksonville?
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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If you find a nice town in South Florida - it is great to live here!

P.S. where did you live before Jacksonville?
Yeah thats what im struggling on, for each city i find that may have potential, I see a flood of negative comments. I absolutely love Florida, I was born and raised in Southern California and even with great job opportunities being offered for me to go back, I refuse to. But as good as Jacksonville has been to me, its a little TOO country for me, and a little TOO segregated. I wasn't raised like that, and really dont want to raise my child in a place like that "/ so that's why I want to move further South.
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Miami Metro
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Yeah thats what im struggling on, for each city i find that may have potential, I see a flood of negative comments. I absolutely love Florida, I was born and raised in Southern California and even with great job opportunities being offered for me to go back, I refuse to. But as good as Jacksonville has been to me, its a little TOO country for me, and a little TOO segregated. I wasn't raised like that, and really dont want to raise my child in a place like that "/ so that's why I want to move further South.
Weston, Davie, Parkland, and Boca are great!
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Yeah thats what im struggling on, for each city i find that may have potential, I see a flood of negative comments. I absolutely love Florida, I was born and raised in Southern California and even with great job opportunities being offered for me to go back, I refuse to. But as good as Jacksonville has been to me, its a little TOO country for me, and a little TOO segregated. I wasn't raised like that, and really dont want to raise my child in a place like that "/ so that's why I want to move further South.
Just move South, you'll be fine.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Yeah thats what im struggling on, for each city i find that may have potential, I see a flood of negative comments. I absolutely love Florida, I was born and raised in Southern California and even with great job opportunities being offered for me to go back, I refuse to. But as good as Jacksonville has been to me, its a little TOO country for me, and a little TOO segregated. I wasn't raised like that, and really dont want to raise my child in a place like that "/ so that's why I want to move further South.
What you expressed in your post is the same impression I had of Jacksonville. You may like the diversity that exists in south Florida or Orlando. I certainly do even though my SIL calls me a "gringa-gringa" jokingly of course.

I live due west of downtown Fort Lauderdale in an area called Weston. I have looked around and around at other areas -- Weston is simply "home" and I love living here. Of course, every place has it's warts. The schools are good .. some may say great -- I will leave that for a parent to answer.

Check it out and ask lots and lots of questions. Also read all the posts ... there is a lot of history here that will be helpful in making your decision.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I just want to point out that Miami is not diverse.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Miami Metro
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I just want to point out that Miami is not diverse.
Yes it is, unlike Sarasota.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Yes it is, unlike Sarasota.
Miami is predominantly Latino. How is that diverse? Not the greater Miami area, not Fort Lauderdale but Miami.

No one ever said Sarasota is diverse. It is the whitest city on the planet. There is little to no racial diversity in Sarasota.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Weston, Davie, Parkland, and Boca are great!
Shouldn't you actually live in one of these areas before you start telling others to live there? You stated in another post you were thinking of moving to the above.
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