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    Hi Guys,

    Im currently from the UK, im 19 years old, but ever since i was young iv wanted to live in america (im practically an american) and i absolutely LOVE Orlando!! As soon as i get home from a holiday, i want to go back ..

    I have University now, and graduate in 3 years, and as soon as i do, im coming over asap (if i can get a visa that is)

    I was just wondering if anybody here lives/has lived in Florida (Not just Orlando) and if it is a good place to move to, from the UK!

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    Just like any place, Florida has good and bad sides. Some nice places can be very expensive to live. Lots of high crime areas. Lots of immigrants working for less pay than you can live on.
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    I've known a kid quite a while ago who finished uni in the UK, and went to live in Florida, well he did tell me that it's a great place and he has been moving quite a while through the states, so I don't know if he actually stayed in Florida.

    But after all, US is the best place to live.

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    I heard there's no income tax in Florida

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    I live in South, Florida....

    It's a Love/Hate relationship..... Miami has a high cost of living. But if you can afford it and live comfortable it is a beautiful place. Miami/Broward are the two most diverse cities here. Being from out of the country...... You'll love Miami......

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    There is no "state" income tax in Florida, if that's what you're referring to. We also do not pay taxes on food products at grocery stores.

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    I live in florida, i was just talking to a family member maybe 1 hour prior to you posting this trying to get him to move to florida, 3 words I LOVE IT! I been here about 5 years I'm considering moving to Miami. Yea the cost is high to live there, but I'm inspired everyday when u walk outside.

    The palm trees, sunshine, lets NOT! forget the south beach women. i told another member here to visit Miami name MILITARYIV he stayed for 2 weeks lmao
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    Thanks for all your replies guys .. i always knew there would be crime, and a 'bad side' to florida, there is no state in america which doesnt have it, but looking at all the 'good side' it seems like a great place to live'

    @GreenGoblin - the south beach women are one of my biggest motives to move to miami lol

    What about Hurricanes?? Do they hit very often, and how much impact can they have on your day to day lives??

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    I love Florida, definitely! Lived in Miami for two years but had to leave for various not so great reasons, hope to be able to come back one day very soon. Downsides: the humidity and for me personally I don't like dealing with snakes and lizards.. any kind of reptiles basically. But overall it's just a fantastic place and very nice folks!
    You'll enjoy it very much!

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    Hurricanes come every few years.... But at least we know they are coming, unlike earthquakes....

    The nightlife here is awesome. Miami never closes. 24/7.

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    florida is a very nice place

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    Quote Originally Posted by *****250 View Post
    Thanks for all your replies guys .. i always knew there would be crime, and a 'bad side' to florida, there is no state in america which doesnt have it, but looking at all the 'good side' it seems like a great place to live'

    GreenGoblin - the south beach women are one of my biggest motives to move to miami lol

    What about Hurricanes?? Do they hit very often, and how much impact can they have on your day to day lives??
    Crime, c'mon... not different than anywhere else. Actually I always felt very safe no matter what.

    Hurricanes, well... better than earthquakes, isn't it?

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    Great place to live! Recommended highly, but as others mentioned can be a little high for cost of living. It all depends on what you are expecting out of the place and what you like to do, your lifestyle, etc....I personally like the fact that it doesn't snow. Some would disagree...

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    what do you mean "I'm practically an american" ?
    You have to change your accent from british accent to american accent though.
    just kidding... ha ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobra5106 View Post
    Great place to live! Recommended highly, but as others mentioned can be a little high for cost of living. It all depends on what you are expecting out of the place and what you like to do, your lifestyle, etc....I personally like the fact that it doesn't snow. Some would disagree...
    High cost of living?!? ... Have you been to California?

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    I'd love to move there...ive been on holiday twice to florida, and like you I just felt like i could stay forever. Got kids now, so its not likely for about another 20 years or so lol.

    As the nike ad says...JUST DO IT!!.

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    Originally from Alaska but I made the move to FL around your age.

    I first lived in S Florida but didn't really fit after a while, just kinda dirty lotta stuck up bitches, etc.

    Moved to N Florida - Jax Beach and fit much better loved it great place. Kind of a more west coast mentality, laid back people, cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *****250 View Post
    Thanks for all your replies guys .. i always knew there would be crime, and a 'bad side' to florida, there is no state in america which doesnt have it, but looking at all the 'good side' it seems like a great place to live'

    @GreenGoblin - the south beach women are one of my biggest motives to move to miami lol

    What about Hurricanes?? Do they hit very often, and how much impact can they have on your day to day lives??
    you have tropical storms, every so often..and Hurricane warnings most of the times the Hurricane warnings are tropical storms, but i rather a Hurricane something the news reporters can track then a earth quake something that just happens all of a sudden, at least it gives you time to leave the city and head up north.

    as far as the south beach women, MAN O MAN! i love every minute of it, the beach is nice also, South Beach is a tourist attraction to it stays live till about 5 in the morning, then it dies out for about 2 hours then 8 oclock it's live again. def a place i would tell u to visit before u decide to move there but great place to live. 1 thing i HATE! when i do go to Miami is going during a Miami heat game, the traffic is stand still if it takes you 15 minutes to get somewhere u can bet it will take you 2 hours with miami traffic, and another thing...Floridians can't drive remember you heard that from me. I'm originally from Virginia and i never seen such $hitty drivers.
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    Make sure you check out "Club Space" in Miami.

    Or Club "King of Diamonds" if you are into strip clubs. :P

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    Once again, thanks for all the replies .. Its pretty obvious that you all favour a move there, so what im going to do is at the end of term, im going to rent an apartment for maybe a month, and live their during the summer, to see if its right for me .. the good thing about IM is that i can do it anywhere on the planet as long as it has internet access :P

    And about the cost of living .. Man, im form the UK!!! .. Petrol, insurance, food, drink its all twice as expensive here than over there .. when i visit the states, im constantly shocked at the price of everything .. as an example, in florida, you can buy 24 cans of coke for $5 .. where im from, 12 cans will cost about 4 (8 for 24) its insane!

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    Just come with a plan bro, south beach has a lot of distraction as to where u might not get work done, this is 1 thing I'm concerned about with me moving there. when your in the mist of fun everyday it can make u lazy and not wanna work, and you find yourself spending more money then your making just come with a plan and you will be fine.
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    Thanks GreenGoblin! .. I will definitely have a plan, but i will be coming on my own, so the amount of 'fun' stuff i will be doing will be limited,as i dont wonna be looking like a loner when going round bars and stuff on my own!

    Also, the money i have is really not that much, so if i dont work, i dont live, so that should motivate me to work a little more!

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    btw, how much (on average) is the rent for a small, one bedroomed apartment with internet access in Floirda? .. Mostly Miami and Orlando!

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    I stayed in Miami

    for 3 months - and it was too Spanish for me

    moved to Fort Lauderdale - and loved it - lots of nice places there - as I was living right on Los Olas. (stayed for a year)

    now going to go to Vegas/Tahoe for a couple of years and see which I like better.

    btw people are way nicer down here than up North - that's a real plus.

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    Come to South Florida West palm or Miami or stay in delray beach which is good in between both get rich from BHW and retire in naples

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    let me break down Florida for you,
    Miami, if you gay
    Boca Raton, if your Jewish,
    and everywhere else if your a toothless redneck.
    it's the poor mans California.

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    if you like cocaine go to miami

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    I have a question for all you guys who just pack up and move from state to state or to a whole new country, How do you do it?? How can you just pack up and leave all your friends and family behind??

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    I used to stay in the Cocoa Beach/Merritt Island area (where the old I Dream of Genie show was set). There was a weird church out there where the walls were lined with surf boards (from surfers who came to service straight from the beach) and where the pastor at times wore cowboy boots. Great times.

    The state has no taxes because it is sustained by tourism and real estate (everybody wanting to visit there, or retire there). Perhaps that's changing (some counties in the state have a 30% vacancy rate, and even Miami-Dade is at 18%). Or maybe it's a demographic issue---more baby-boomer retirees are passing away, defaulting or moving, than there are younger post boomer buyers to replace them.

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    I live in Florida, the Jacksonville area, and have lived in South Florida and central Florida as well.

    The cost of living varies a bit but the State for the most part is quite reasonable.

    Miami is very diverse and uber interesting with the varied cultures. Just north of Miami into Broward and Palm Beach county there is less diversity in culture but you still have the warm climate most of the year. I especially liked living on the beach in Jupiter back in the day.

    I spent 2 months doing some traveling a couple of years back and found some nice areas in the Orlando area that I was not aware of when I lived down there and I could easily see living there again.

    I own a place in the Tampa area, specifically Clearwater, and love that area... the water is great, the climate works for me and there are plenty of golf courses.

    I have family in the Jacksonville area and that is the reason I live here and am fond of it as it has a change of seasons and a few golf courses that I really like but the water is not as clean as it is on the other side of the State.


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    Rent in Miami varies.... Ive seen rooms with wifi and utilities for as cheap as $350 and as high as $3k+ for a 1 bedroom. It all depends on the area... Location, Location, Location.....


    Im moving soon to South Broward(close to the county line between miami and broward) and will be paying $745 for a one bedroom apartment. Comes with water and cable included. Will have to pay for electricity and internet. Decent(good) area, middle class, nothing fancy or high end. And imo that's cheap.... rent here is high for decent areas....

    I rented a room in a house for $500 monthly(all utilities included) for a year or so in a shitty neighborhood... Depends on your budget, job and preferences....

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    Yes Less Taxes in FL

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    Florida is a bad place to live and a nice place to visit. I've been in Florida for 10 years. I have lived in Orlando and Tampa. If you live here you quickly realize that almost everyone you meet is either a tourist, a retiree or someone who moved from somewhere else to get away from their problems. People come and go constantly so it is not so easy to make lasting relationships. Most people you meet seem to be on guard. So many people come to Florida because of bad stations other places so you get a lot of criminals , drunks, sluts and drug addicts running from their problems. There is a reason why most episodes of Cops takes place in Florida, trust me. If you want to move to the US there are much better places to live. Nashville and Denver are among my favorites.

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    Btw, Broward has a horrible pill problem because of all of the Pill Mills. Here is a documentary on it:

    http://current.com/shows/vanguard/91...in-express.htm

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    Where in Uk are you currently living?

    If you are in London then it is an awesome place to live!

    I have been to Florida many times before but London has a different cultural feelings to it and it sets it aside from any other city in the world.

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    Where in Uk are you currently living?

    If you are in London then it is an awesome place to live!

    I have been to Florida many times before but London has a different cultural feelings to it and it sets it aside from any other city in the world.

    *Forgot to mention that finding a job in London is much easier than Florida if you have just finished university...

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    I believe that you need to lay out a plan to obtain a valid working visa. It's a very time consuming process and I would recommend that you begin today!

    You wrote that you are going to university for 3 years - it might be an option for you to take your last year at uni in US. Then will it be easier for you to make a connection to the system.

    Good luck.

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    I'm born and raised in Florida. I have lived all over south Florida and north Florida and visited everywhere.

    I can say without a doubt Florida is one of the worst places to live. You can live anywhere in the EU, pick southern Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by washington2010 View Post
    I'm born and raised in Florida. I have lived all over south Florida and north Florida and visited everywhere.

    I can say without a doubt Florida is one of the worst places to live. You can live anywhere in the EU, pick southern Europe.
    What makes it bad? .. Compared to where im from, i bet its heaven!

    Im from Sheffield .. full of gang crime, drugs, stabbings and everything! Id rather live in cave in Baghdad than Sheffield!

    Id move to London, but like i said in the OP, im 'practically american' meaning i am into everything American, and im not into the british way of life, so America is definitely for me!

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    i think its the best place to live...but cost of living is pretty high....

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    Quote Originally Posted by anandganni View Post
    i think its the best place to live...but cost of living is pretty high....
    Compared to where im from, FL (and america in general) is dirt cheap, so cost of living doesnt bother me that much

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    Default Re: Is Florida a good place to live??

    i currently have a studio apartment in south beach for $25/day. living here's not expensive at all.

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    I just moved to FL about 2 months ago from Tennessee and I like it here, I just dont understand how the cost of living is so much higher yet the pay for jobs is lower.

    So if you can afford to live here it is nice. I am on the west side of FL near Port Charlotte/North Port area, so I can say anything about the bigger cities like Miami and Orlando.

    Its a lot busier than I am used to as well. I am used to country roads and easier way of life.. That sure took me off guard.
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    South florida is not inexpensive anymore. I know everyone is saying that there is not state tax. That is true but they tax you in other ways. County taxes, gas tax, high fees etc. I live in Palm Beach County and its not cheap. Rents are climbing because of all the foreclosures and short sales. Food prices are high too since its all trucked into south florida. Gas is high. We are at $3.70 per gallon now.

    You can get a good deal on a house now. But watch out - seems like values are still going down. Then wait til you get your property tax bill and hurricane insurance bill. Not such a great deal anymore.

    Miami area - you need to speak the language
    Ft Lauderdale - you need to take drugs
    West Palm Beach - yawn

    The people - If all else fails in your life, move to south florida. I heard that saying once. And then you have the retirees. Practice your defensive driving skills because they will try to run you over and cut you off.

    And one more thing - it is freaken hot in the summer!

    I can't tell you about north florida. I have heard it nicer up there. That is where I will probaly move to when my kid goes to college.

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    Default Re: Is Florida a good place to live??

    florida is great, haven't been to cali yet i think im gonna like it even more there. i just left tampa, might be back, lived there 4 years. orlando is nice you don't worry about hurricane damage as much because your inland. i wouldn't. i like the east coast cause there are waves so you can surf and such. def the best place on the east side of the US to live i think.

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    Default Re: Is Florida a good place to live??

    Also consider that living just about anywhere in the United States is a quick plane ride to visit some of the larger towns anywhere in the country.

    I would find an area that fits you best personally then enjoy your weekends and vacations going to the other big cities that you might enjoy.

    For me living in an extremely busy and large city isn't my preferred lifestyle (the one I'm in is around 900k and it's big enough for me). But there is always the option of visiting other places.

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