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Old 07-28-2010, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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We are considering moving to the Tampa Bay area but we don't know much about it. My husband is a professional in I.T. and he works for a company where he works at home. We would like a nice house under 200K that is close to Tampa and less than 30 minutes from the beach. We want good schools. We are considering Land 'O Lakes but we are a mixed race couple. Is Land 'O Lakes predominantly white? Are the people there welcoming of other races or is there some racism? I would like to live in a somewhat diverse area where there are professional people and the people welcome diversity, not an area where the races don't mingle, nor do we want to live where there are a lot of uneducated people. Schools are very important and it appears that LOL has good schools. Please tell me the honest truth about the area and the people. Thanks!
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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We are considering moving to the Tampa Bay area but we don't know much about it. My husband is a professional in I.T. and he works for a company where he works at home. We would like a nice house under 200K that is close to Tampa and less than 30 minutes from the beach. We want good schools. We are considering Land 'O Lakes but we are a mixed race couple. Is Land 'O Lakes predominantly white?
When looking at homes in LoL we saw all races. I'm sure there are more white people in this area than anything else. But with that said its a pretty good mixed bag. It also is going to greatly depend on which subdivision you move into.

I don't live in LoL and just moved into town 1 1/2 weeks ago.... so I am probably not the best source of information. From what I saw and in talking to neighbors of homes we looked at in LoL (most of the neighbors were of a different race than I) everyone was very friendly and I didn't pick up on any racism. With that said.... I am pretty ignorant when it comes to racism. I believe that race is no issue to me or to those I am talking to.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Typical suburbia. It'll be mostly white, but that's just what happens with the suburbs. I doubt that they would shun any neighbors of color.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Trigga City, FL
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Land O' Lakes- White- 77.5%
Black- 6.2%
Hispanic- 10.9%
Asian- 4.2%
I didn't know what your opinion of racial diversity was, so I decided to just give you the numbers. As for the people, they are very nice and I would highly recommend the Land O' Lakes area.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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I am about to move to LoL and I am glad to hear that people are not racist there.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Butler County Ohio and Winters in Florida
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Land O Lakes is a mixed bag. Mostly upper middle class. Most of the homes have been built in the past 10 years. Prior to that you had a few neighborhoods like Lake Padget East & West. The older areas tend to be lower economic classes.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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We are considering moving to the Tampa Bay area but we don't know much about it. My husband is a professional in I.T. and he works for a company where he works at home. We would like a nice house under 200K that is close to Tampa and less than 30 minutes from the beach. We want good schools. We are considering Land 'O Lakes but we are a mixed race couple.
We moved into Lakeshore Ranches in LO'L the spring of 2010. We are also mixed couple. We have had nothing but civil exchanges with the folks around here and we are quite comfortable. We moved here from the Miami area which as we all know, is very diverse. Our kids are grown so that is a critical aspect of relationships (schools et. al) that we do not have to deal with. I would look very hard at school reputations. Kids can say the darndest things (reference Arthur Godfrey....showing my age). But, while the Tampa area has only "diversified" in the last 20+ years and tends to be politically conservative, if you choose a structured community where folks have a vested interest in live and let live, I think you will be fine. By the way, even if you have not bought yet and therefore missed the fed tax credit, new home sales are very soft and I think there are great deals to be had. Good luck.
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