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Old 01-29-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: atlanta, Ga
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Hi, I am trying to define where I want to live, and I appreciate the wisdom of the experiences. I am living in Atlanta, getting tired of the city and looking for nice city in Florida. I have two boys going to college, and I love the beach and attractions. What is best for living: fort L. or Orlando? thanks
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:16 PM
 
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I did both. To make it simple, Fort Lauderdale takes the cake here. Lets see who wins each category IMO

Traffic- Fort Lauderdale
Crime/Safety- Fort Lauderdale
Colleges- Orlando has an advantage here with UCF. FIU is a good school but that's all the way down in Miami although there is a Broward campus.
Cost of living- The same. Probably Orlando wins by a thin margin.
Beach- Fort Lauderdale (unless you like driving an hour to a mediocre beach)
Attractions- Tie. Because O-Town has the theme parks, but we have more other things going on between FTL itself and proximity to Miami and West Palm Beach

Anyway, I have tons of posts about both cities and my experiences. Go ahead and do a search for my screen name. I would be inclined to say that the only thing Orlando has going for it would be the proximity to UCF and Disney World. Other than that, the job market is worse than here, the crime is way, way, way worse, there are a lot of racial tension/problems in Orlando (read the Orlando forum, becoming a mini-Miami in this respect), the traffic in Orlando can rank up there with Atlanta or DC, where here the flow is traffic is thick but your are generally moving along at full speed on the highway save for accidents (595 can be an exception for a couple miles during peak times) and you don't have go go through 3-4 cycles at a traffic light like is common in Orlando. There is more in the way of culture and nightlife here as well, and probably more than Atlanta in the latter but not in the former. Neither Orlando or Ft. Lauderdale have any real mas transit. Both cities have clean suburbs, but IMO the clean suburbs around FTL are more appealing due to the climate (more movement in the air during the summer) and the tropical foliage, and greater consistency (less likely to run into a "Bad neighborhood" if you stay west of University Dr. where in Orlando there are no boundaries).

Keep in mind two things though. The cost of living is quite high, as is inflation, but the jobs here tend to pay less than they do in Atlanta. That's a toxic combination. Don't come to Florida without a job rounded up.

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Old 01-29-2008, 02:19 PM
 
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Fort Lauderdale. Orlando, along with central Florida, sucks.
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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I'd vote for Fort Lauderdale here, too. Other than lower housing prices and less of a hurricane threat, I don't know of any compelling reason to choose Orlando. Just based on the anecdotal evidence on these message boards, Orlando offers the disadvantages of South Florida without any of the advantages. If I had to leave here for another Florida major metro area, Orlando would be last on my list behind Tampa-St. Pete and Jacksonville.
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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I'd vote for Fort Lauderdale here, too. Other than lower housing prices and less of a hurricane threat, I don't know of any compelling reason to choose Orlando. Just based on the anecdotal evidence on these message boards, Orlando offers the disadvantages of South Florida without any of the advantages.
Pretty much, and the disadvantages are worse...one advantage however, less crowded. But more sprawl, which just means more traffic. So much for "overpopulation" being a negative.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:13 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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Wow what a bunch of Orlando haters Jacksonville is worse then orlando IMO.

To the OP if you want beaches then FT lauderdale would be a better choice. Orlando is anywhere depending where you live 1 hr to 30 mins drive to cocoa beach and like another poster said it`s not a great beach when comparing with other florida beaches. It`s not bad just not great.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:17 PM
 
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Can "neither" be one of your choices ?
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:31 PM
 
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Can "neither" be one of your choices ?
Should she move to Greensboro, NC for the great attractions, beaches, and (chuckle) low crime? Nah, I'm just picking on you. Enjoy Greensboro.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:04 PM
 
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Fort Lauderdale. Orlando, along with central Florida, sucks.
what he said, stay far away!
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Lived in both. FLL is better then ORL, much better in fact! Stay near the beach though.
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