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Old 11-04-2014, 03:31 AM
 
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This post was from years ago. If the op was going to move I am sure he has already done so.
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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The only reason I would ever even remotely consider moving to Texas is if I was desperate for a job. Since I never will be, I doubt I'll ever relocate there. Definitely too much of a police state, and the big cities are crowded and dirty.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:34 AM
 
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The only reason I would ever even remotely consider moving to Texas is if I was desperate for a job. Since I never will be, I doubt I'll ever relocate there. Definitely too much of a police state, and the big cities are crowded and dirty.
lol, thanks for sharing that little tid bit.

anyway, I'd go with Texas. Economically it's better. Housing-wise...it's also better.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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The only reason I would ever even remotely consider moving to Texas is if I was desperate for a job. Since I never will be, I doubt I'll ever relocate there. Definitely too much of a police state, and the big cities are crowded and dirty.
That's funny. I found Florida to be one of the biggest police states in the nation when I went there. Much more so than Texas.
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Old 11-04-2014, 02:13 PM
 
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Texas to live. Florida to visit
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:22 PM
 
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Florida. I've lived in both, and although Texas has a more robust and diversified economy and more affordable housing, Florida still comes out on top in most categories, including: weather, scenery, lifestyle, attractions, food/dining, recreational and intrastate travel opportunities, and proximity to desirable international travel destinations.

Overall, Florida has much better weather than Texas--considerably milder winters, noticeably cooler summers, no ice-storms or snowstorms, no massive tornadoes, no wind sheers, less frequent and damaging hailstorms.

IMO, Florida also has much prettier scenery than Texas--less barren/desolate-looking, lusher/more verdant with subtropical flora abound, gorgeous white-sand beaches (at least along the Gulf Coast). Florida is definitely more exotic-looking than Texas, and it's home to certain types of natural environments that are found nowhere else in the contiguous US and, in some cases, the world such as the Everglades. As an aside, I always found the lagoons and subtropical savannas of Florida intensely beautiful. Even though much of Texas is very flat, it's not the pretty kind of flat you find in Florida. The beaches of Texas leave something to be desired, too, and they're a very long drive from just about every major metro area in the state aside from Houston. However, I will have you know that Texas Hill Country is gorgeous, and there's nothing in Florida that even remotely compares, but Hill County is only a small part of Texas.

Personally, I find the lifestyle of Florida, including the recreational opportunities, much more appealing, probably because I grew up in Rhode Island (AKA the "Ocean State") in a family with a strong saltwater orientation (my Dad has been a boat owner since 1978, the year after I was born, and is an avid recreational fisherman) and a beach home situated on a tidal inlet, at which I spent many a summer. It goes without saying that if you're more of a beach/boat person like me, Florida, specifically along the coast, would be the more practical choice. Recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting seem to be popular pastimes in the rural areas of both states, and neither offers much in the way of hiking or mountain biking.

Although this is probably more location-specific, I found people in Florida to be more active and health-conscious overall than people in Texas. Perhaps if I had lived in Austin instead of Dallas, my perspective would be different, as I hear Austin is a very active, health-conscious city, but compared to South Florida, there seemed to be less emphasis on active living, healthy/organic eating, and outdoor recreation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Since Florida is home to a host of tourist attractions such as amusement parks, beaches, casinos, state and national parks, and intriguing yet distinct small towns scattered throughout the state, there's much more to do and see in Florida compared to Texas. It's also worthwhile to mention that Florida is the the unofficial "gateway" to Latin America and the Caribbean due its close geographic proximity, and several major Florida cities--Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa come to mind--serve as major cruise ports. You will never find yourself at a loss for things to do on the weekends in Florida whereas in Texas, finding things to do and see is little more challenging, as tourist attractions in Texas aren't marketed as aggressively and are less well-known overall in the national psyche than those in Florida. Also, most of the major cities in Texas are quite isolated compared to the major cities in Florida, and many cities within reasonable driving distance from the major Texas cities aren't particularly appealing (Oklahoma City comes to mind).

I may be alone on this one, but I find food/dining to better overall in Florida vs. Texas. I'm not really into the enormous portions or all the beef/red meat that you commonly find in Texas. Instead, I prefer the lighter fare you find in Florida. I also prefer Cuban and South American fare to Tex-Mex cuisine.

Although I prefer Florida to Texas, there's no denying that Texas has a more robust, diversified economy with a much larger corporate presence than Florida. For those employed in the professional services sector, especially entry-level professionals, Florida can be brutal due to a very limited corporate presence coupled with incredibly fierce competition for those relatively few white-collar jobs from millions of applicants both in Florida and across the US and even the world. I've always said that roughly 25% of the US populous has strongly considered a move to Florida at one point or another, and I only see that figure rising with approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day from now until 2029. Furthermore, Texas has more and better higher educational offerings whereas Florida really only has UM, UF, USF, and a host of glorified community colleges. Naturally, Texas' stronger economy and more/better higher educational institutions fosters a more competitive ethos, entrepreneurial spirit, and professional vibe in general, which help it attract more higher-paying industries than Florida.

Compared to Texas, the economy of Florida is very service-oriented due to the overbearing presence of the hospitality industry. Most jobs in Florida require little skill, are low-wage (usually compensated at a rate between $8.00-$15.00/hour), and offer limited to no benefits. For years prior to the Employer Mandate of the PPACA, it was not common practice to be offered non-wage benefits in Florida such as health insurance, even as an office worker. Even CNA's, who expose themselves to disease and illness every day, were rarely offered health insurance. That's unheard of in other states like CA, NY, TX, et al.

People in Florida are less polite and gregarious overall than people in Texas; however, I never found people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to be nearly as friendly as they were purported to be. Florida has fewer natives than Texas, and it's much more transient overall--most people who move to Texas tend to stay whereas most people who move to Florida tend to move on after a few years or so. Needless to say, there's far less state pride in Florida compared to Texas, and most people living in Florida seem to be prouder to be from somewhere else or the children of transplants from elsewhere than to be from Florida--kinda sad, IMO. This is definitely not the case in Texas, but that leads me to my next point--if you don't particularly appreciate or care for Texas, its people, or its culture, then living there, especially for the long haul, is going to present its challenges, particularly from standpoints of assimilating and navigating socially. The polarizing state culture is enough to keep me away from Texas, not to mention Texas is a whole lot more religious and socially conservative overall than Florida (I'm not particularly religious and rather socially liberal). Finally, people in Florida tend to be more private and prefer to keep to themselves compared to people in Texas--kind of a you do your thing, I'll do mine.

If you're lucky enough to be offered an equivalent position and salary in Florida and/or have the wherewithal to afford its disproportionately high COL relative to its low salaries, I think the choice would be an easy one.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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Both states are fairly large size wise and both states are very populated and hard to compare the entire states in general to each other. I personally like Texas better than Florida. Texas is not as conservative as people think its mostly the rural areas. I also had good experiences in Dallas and Austin two my favorite cities to live. Texas women are amazing one of the reasons I like it better than Florida. People are more outgoing, more welcoming and friendlier in general in Texas than Florida Florida is a great state to visit, would not be my favorite state to visit although a lot of wealthy retirees from the Northeast love it. It really depends on your personally much state you would like better and plus both Texas and Florida are so vast in size you really have to compare different parts of each state.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Texas to live. Florida to visit

Thats my sentiments on how I feel bad about it as well.
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Old 11-05-2014, 07:52 AM
 
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Florida. I've lived in both, and although Texas has a more robust and diversified economy and more affordable housing, Florida still comes out on top in most categories, including: weather, scenery, lifestyle, attractions, food/dining, recreational and intrastate travel opportunities, and proximity to desirable international travel destinations.

Overall, Florida has much better weather than Texas--considerably milder winters, noticeably cooler summers, no ice-storms or snowstorms, no massive tornadoes, no wind sheers, less frequent and damaging hailstorms.

IMO, Florida also has much prettier scenery than Texas--less barren/desolate-looking, lusher/more verdant with subtropical flora abound, gorgeous white-sand beaches (at least along the Gulf Coast). Florida is definitely more exotic-looking than Texas, and it's home to certain types of natural environments that are found nowhere else in the contiguous US and, in some cases, the world such as the Everglades. As an aside, I always found the lagoons and subtropical savannas of Florida intensely beautiful. Even though much of Texas is very flat, it's not the pretty kind of flat you find in Florida. The beaches of Texas leave something to be desired, too, and they're a very long drive from just about every major metro area in the state aside from Houston. However, I will have you know that Texas Hill Country is gorgeous, and there's nothing in Florida that even remotely compares, but Hill County is only a small part of Texas.

Personally, I find the lifestyle of Florida, including the recreational opportunities, much more appealing, probably because I grew up in Rhode Island (AKA the "Ocean State") in a family with a strong saltwater orientation (my Dad has been a boat owner since 1978, the year after I was born, and is an avid recreational fisherman) and a beach home situated on a tidal inlet, at which I spent many a summer. It goes without saying that if you're more of a beach/boat person like me, Florida, specifically along the coast, would be the more practical choice. Recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting seem to be popular pastimes in the rural areas of both states, and neither offers much in the way of hiking or mountain biking.

Although this is probably more location-specific, I found people in Florida to be more active and health-conscious overall than people in Texas. Perhaps if I had lived in Austin instead of Dallas, my perspective would be different, as I hear Austin is a very active, health-conscious city, but compared to South Florida, there seemed to be less emphasis on active living, healthy/organic eating, and outdoor recreation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Since Florida is home to a host of tourist attractions such as amusement parks, beaches, casinos, state and national parks, and intriguing yet distinct small towns scattered throughout the state, there's much more to do and see in Florida compared to Texas. It's also worthwhile to mention that Florida is the the unofficial "gateway" to Latin America and the Caribbean due its close geographic proximity, and several major Florida cities--Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Tampa come to mind--serve as major cruise ports. You will never find yourself at a loss for things to do on the weekends in Florida whereas in Texas, finding things to do and see is little more challenging, as tourist attractions in Texas aren't marketed as aggressively and are less well-known overall in the national psyche than those in Florida. Also, most of the major cities in Texas are quite isolated compared to the major cities in Florida, and many cities within reasonable driving distance from the major Texas cities aren't particularly appealing (Oklahoma City comes to mind).

I may be alone on this one, but I find food/dining to better overall in Florida vs. Texas. I'm not really into the enormous portions or all the beef/red meat that you commonly find in Texas. Instead, I prefer the lighter fare you find in Florida. I also prefer Cuban and South American fare to Tex-Mex cuisine.

Although I prefer Florida to Texas, there's no denying that Texas has a more robust, diversified economy with a much larger corporate presence than Florida. For those employed in the professional services sector, especially entry-level professionals, Florida can be brutal due to a very limited corporate presence coupled with incredibly fierce competition for those relatively few white-collar jobs from millions of applicants both in Florida and across the US and even the world. I've always said that roughly 25% of the US populous has strongly considered a move to Florida at one point or another, and I only see that figure rising with approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day from now until 2029. Furthermore, Texas has more and better higher educational offerings whereas Florida really only has UM, UF, USF, and a host of glorified community colleges. Naturally, Texas' stronger economy and more/better higher educational institutions fosters a more competitive ethos, entrepreneurial spirit, and professional vibe in general, which help it attract more higher-paying industries than Florida.

Compared to Texas, the economy of Florida is very service-oriented due to the overbearing presence of the hospitality industry. Most jobs in Florida require little skill, are low-wage (usually compensated at a rate between $8.00-$15.00/hour), and offer limited to no benefits. For years prior to the Employer Mandate of the PPACA, it was not common practice to be offered non-wage benefits in Florida such as health insurance, even as an office worker. Even CNA's, who expose themselves to disease and illness every day, were rarely offered health insurance. That's unheard of in other states like CA, NY, TX, et al.

People in Florida are less polite and gregarious overall than people in Texas; however, I never found people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to be nearly as friendly as they were purported to be. Florida has fewer natives than Texas, and it's much more transient overall--most people who move to Texas tend to stay whereas most people who move to Florida tend to move on after a few years or so. Needless to say, there's far less state pride in Florida compared to Texas, and most people living in Florida seem to be prouder to be from somewhere else or the children of transplants from elsewhere than to be from Florida--kinda sad, IMO. This is definitely not the case in Texas, but that leads me to my next point--if you don't particularly appreciate or care for Texas, its people, or its culture, then living there, especially for the long haul, is going to present its challenges, particularly from standpoints of assimilating and navigating socially. The polarizing state culture is enough to keep me away from Texas, not to mention Texas is a whole lot more religious and socially conservative overall than Florida (I'm not particularly religious and rather socially liberal). Finally, people in Florida tend to be more private and prefer to keep to themselves compared to people in Texas--kind of a you do your thing, I'll do mine.

If you're lucky enough to be offered an equivalent position and salary in Florida and/or have the wherewithal to afford its disproportionately high COL relative to its low salaries, I think the choice would be an easy one.
Many of your points are why I think it's better to live in Texas and visit Florida.

Gateway to Latin America not that big a deal. Florida has a lot of theme parks and family activities. But it's not something I would do every month or other month. So I would be fine visiting Florida every summer to enjoy Sea World, Disney, and beaches.

Texas has more diverse economy and better paying jobs.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:32 AM
 
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Many of your points are why I think it's better to live in Texas and visit Florida.

Gateway to Latin America not that big a deal. Florida has a lot of theme parks and family activities. But it's not something I would do every month or other month. So I would be fine visiting Florida every summer to enjoy Sea World, Disney, and beaches.

Texas has more diverse economy and better paying jobs.
No point in responding to that guy. He comes in quick with a bunch of paragraphs that he copies and pastes from. His posts are universally rude and condescending (unless he is talking about Los angeles or his BELOVED Phoenix Arizona. lol) and many are outright bogus and he never responds to anyone's counter arguments.
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