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Old 03-29-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: S. FL
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I was recently contemplating moving back to the West Palm area. I'm in Texas right now and althought it's fine, I really miss home. I was thinking maybe I should move back after high school is over. I used to live in Boynton Beach. It was an ok city but it's pretty ghetto when I think about it. I don't want to deal with the drama anymore. So I was thinking West Palm Beach would be a better deal for me. I used to live there as well but that was over 10 years ago.

I was looking at the apartments and their prices and they are ASTRONOMICAL! I don't understand how can anyone afford to live in Palm Beach County on minimum wage?! Do you know of any single person living in West Palm Beach paying $800-1000 rent for a 1 bedroom apartment? I don't have a degree so I won't be working in any special field. I was planning to go to college (FAU maybe) but after a year because I seriously need a break from school. I hate it. So I just want to establish my life first in WPB working any minimum wage job and pay my rent and just live for a little bit. I don't know the minimum wage right now though. Can anyone tell me? I also know I couldn't do any fun stuff like go to the movies or whatever but I'm fine with that. I'm pretty frugal anyway. So can anyone tell me how I can manage that?
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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People earning minimum wage can afford the rents by living with other people in the same situation. I know many young adults who share a 2 bedroom apartment with 3 other people. They split the rent and utilities 4 ways and never eat out. They seem to manage ok. With gasoline prices so high, living near to where you work is important.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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The Villages area would probably have rents for around 800/month.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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The Villages area would probably have rents for around 800/month.

I paid 750. a month for a tiny apt (400 sq ft) in the villages (St.Andrews) in 1997. They may be a tad higher these days.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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I paid 750. a month for a tiny apt (400 sq ft) in the villages (St.Andrews) in 1997. They may be a tad higher these days.
Actually, just doing a search online in the Villages area (Rent.com) there are a couple of apartment complexes that start in the high 600s. "Reflections" and "Village Crossings" and "Village Place" for example.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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Actually, just doing a search online in the Villages area (Rent.com) there are a couple of apartment complexes that start in the high 600s. "Reflections" and "Village Crossings" and "Village Place" for example.

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Old 03-29-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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Don't forget you might need first,last and a security deposit before you even move in not to mention stuff like cable,internet,water,electricity.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:31 AM
 
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Well, since no one really answered my question except TriMT7, I guess I will only respond to you. Originally, I was going to go with the whole roomate thing but I don't want to deal with the drama and smells that I might encounter with that. So I just want to do my own thing. Let me ask you a question? Is West Palm Beach safe? I haven't lived there in over 10 years so I don't know what it's like anymore. I was wondering if it is worse or better than Boynton Beach? I lived on the west side of Boynton so I never encountered much crime. It was actually very nice. So what would you say?
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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West Palm Beach is safe as your surroundings. Obviously the worst part of town is very well known. Most people never have business there. Don't associate with thugs, don't do or buy drugs, and your chances of being affected by crime go down exponentially.

Over the past ten years, crime in West Palm Beach has gone down by about 40%. Is it as safe on paper as the suburbs? Nope. But again, I think you will find concentration of the really bad crimes in certain areas.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: S. FL
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West Palm Beach is safe as your surroundings. Obviously the worst part of town is very well known. Most people never have business there. Don't associate with thugs, don't do or buy drugs, and your chances of being affected by crime go down exponentially.

Over the past ten years, crime in West Palm Beach has gone down by about 40%. Is it as safe on paper as the suburbs? Nope. But again, I think you will find concentration of the really bad crimes in certain areas.
Thanks for the info!
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