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Old 12-01-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Hello all,

I'm thinking about relocating to Fort Myers. I currently live in Minnesota and hate it. I've lived here my whole life and I need a drastic change. Fort Myers seems like a beautiful place. I'm looking forward to warm winters and lots of baseball.

My main concern is safety. Is Fort Myers a generally safe city? Rent seems fairly low compared to a lot of areas in Florida, and I'm wondering if there is a reason for that. I'm a female in my early twenties with only a small taser and a can of pepper spray to defend myself.

My second concern is jobs! I'm a paralegal. There (sadly) seems to be a lot of foreclosure work in Florida, so I think I should be alright, but I'd still like to get a little feedback about the employment market down there.

Lastly, I'd like to be in a place where there is a fairly large population of people my age. I don't want to end up in a town full of retirees (I checked out Boca a while back and yikes!)- I love people of all ages, but obviously a solid group of young professionals that I can relate to would be ideal.

Any feedback/information/anything you can provide me with is much appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Florida Space Coast
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Honestly doesn't sound like the place for you
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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Hello all,

I'm thinking about relocating to Fort Myers. I currently live in Minnesota and hate it. I've lived here my whole life and I need a drastic change. Fort Myers seems like a beautiful place. I'm looking forward to warm winters and lots of baseball.

My main concern is safety. Is Fort Myers a generally safe city? Rent seems fairly low compared to a lot of areas in Florida, and I'm wondering if there is a reason for that. I'm a female in my early twenties with only a small taser and a can of pepper spray to defend myself.

My second concern is jobs! I'm a paralegal. There (sadly) seems to be a lot of foreclosure work in Florida, so I think I should be alright, but I'd still like to get a little feedback about the employment market down there.

Lastly, I'd like to be in a place where there is a fairly large population of people my age. I don't want to end up in a town full of retirees (I checked out Boca a while back and yikes!)- I love people of all ages, but obviously a solid group of young professionals that I can relate to would be ideal.

Any feedback/information/anything you can provide me with is much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

I was going to say the exact same thing as the other poster. Everything about your post screams Miami or Tampa.

There are tons of older people here, mainly in the winter, but there a lot of them. There is a lot of baseball, especially spring training, and winter and fall leagues, but that's it. Even the Pro Baseball teams have domes because of the rain and heat of the summer. There isn't a huge population of young, working professionals, the night life is very limited, unless your idea of nightlife is like mine, which is live music at a hole in the wall, sports bars, theme bars, or getting drunk on the beach. A good amount of Ft. Myers is sketchy at best, but coming from St. Louis, it will probably be nothing. There aren't many jobs in your field, even with all the foreclosures, believe it or not. I would definitely look somewhere else.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Thanks for both your responses!

The other area I've been eying is Tampa/St. Pete. You think that area would be a better fit for me? Seems to be a bit bigger of a job market there too.

Miami isn't my favorite. Too expensive.

I'm not much of a club/party girl. Hole-in-the-wall bars are where it's at for me. I just want to make sure I'm not completely surrounded by retired people.
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Definitely try Tampa.

I have a cousin that's a paralegal in Fort Myers. She's worked for him for years though and it is hard to find that kind of job there. The area is geared toward the service industry.

Lots and lots of older folks.

Tampa will be a younger demographic with more job opportunities.

Years ago we had someone on the forum that moved from Tampa to Fort Myers. I became friends with her. She absolutely hated every minute that she was in Fort Myers. She tried to leave but it was just as the housing boom collapsed. I think they ended up foreclosing on her condo but she finally got out and went back to Tampa. She said Fort Myers and Tampa are nothing alike.
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Meredith NH
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You should be heading for Ft Lauderdale.......used to hang out there in my younger days.....beach,club and party scene is better on the east coast.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
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You should be heading for Ft Lauderdale.......used to hang out there in my younger days.....beach,club and party scene is better on the east coast.

The beaches are not better on the East coast. Club and party scene yes.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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The beaches are not better on the East coast. Club and party scene yes.
A lot of people prefer the ocean to the gulf though.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:56 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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A lot of people prefer the ocean to the gulf though.
Yes, I do. Love those mighty Atlantic waves! Hate the hot bath water of the gulf, especially at Fort Myers Beach. I find it pretty dirty, too. I like Naples and Sanibel much more but still prefer the Atlantic.

I think Mr. Sam meant the beach scene, though.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Definitely try Tampa.

I have a cousin that's a paralegal in Fort Myers. She's worked for him for years though and it is hard to find that kind of job there. The area is geared toward the service industry.

Lots and lots of older folks.

Tampa will be a younger demographic with more job opportunities.

Years ago we had someone on the forum that moved from Tampa to Fort Myers. I became friends with her. She absolutely hated every minute that she was in Fort Myers. She tried to leave but it was just as the housing boom collapsed. I think they ended up foreclosing on her condo but she finally got out and went back to Tampa. She said Fort Myers and Tampa are nothing alike.
Where are you getting your data from? You should check the census data. Tampa is not a younger demographic. Both cities are pretty close in all age groups.

Data from US Census Bureau 2010 figures

Ft Myers 2010
Persons under 5 – 7.3%
Persons under 18 – 22.7%
Persons 65 and over – 14.4%
Median age – 33.90


Tampa 2010
Persons under 5 – 6.4%
Persons under 18 – 22.6%
Persons 65 and over – 11%
Median age – 34.7
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