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Old 09-02-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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opinions on both cities...healthcare job opportunities (RN) quality of living and activities...etc anything you can think of would be appreciated...
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I'm only guessing but I'm thinking healthcare related jobs are more plentiful in Tampa - but I recall seeing some large new hospitals in St Augustine area when I last visited in May. I really enjoy that area - love the golf courses and beaches. As a big NFL fan, I'd probably go to all the Jaguar games, even though they're bad right now. Other than that, there are a lot of variable when choosing the two -
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:31 PM
 
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which is the one with more character and charm...older buildings kept in good shape...would it be st. augustine because
it's older than st. pete?
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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which is the one with more character and charm...older buildings kept in good shape...would it be st. augustine because
it's older than st. pete?
They are very different, it depends what you like more. St. Aug. is MUCH smaller - the historic Old Towne is small and very charming/historic and usually filled with tourists. Traffic is bad around there. It's a pretty small town as far as job opportunities, you would probably be commuting to Jacksonville, which could be a haul. The foliage and architecture do not look "tropical" there because it does get much cooler in winter.

St. Pete is a much large city with a beautiful downtown. There is a mix of old and new buildings, and miles and miles of waterfront parks which are fantastic. There is easy access to Tampa across the bridges for more jobs and things to do. It has a lush "tropical" vibe and tons of waterfront - bayfront and Gulf.

They both have their good and bad points. Hope this helps!
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Old 09-02-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Hard to argue that since St Augustine is the nation's oldest city from what I understand. Job opportunities for a nurse are probably more available in St Pete/Tampa. We have venues for concerts, symphony, Broadway season, major league baseball, hockey, and NFL. We have a couple of universities in the area w/ satellite campuses. I don't think St Aug has any of that - but driving an hour up to JAX will give you that. If you're looking for a quaint place to live, St Aug is a smaller city than St Pete/Tampa and probably what you're looking for.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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I've lived in or near both. For living, I'd say St. Pete. St. Augustine actually encompasses a large area but the downtown area is the quaint historic part that it sounds like you'd be interested in. Many places you'd frequent will be more tourists than locals. It is a major tourist attraction and you'd be contending with that wherever you go in the downtown area. You might end up commuting to Jacksonville for work.

St. Pete has a historical vibe in some parts and has plenty of things that attract visitors but you wouldn't be overwhelmed by tourists. There are several major hospitals near downtown.
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:43 PM
 
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They are both nice, but different; if you like cooler weather and think you'll get sick of the heat, St. Augustine might be better. If you are into sports teams and nightlife, St. Pete might be better because it's also near Tampa. I could live in either area. They have a different vibe.

Maybe apply for jobs at both and then move near the job?
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