Best place to raise a family in Florida

Old Apr 28th, 2009, 06:58 AM
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""one really must consider the Orlando metro area figures.""

I'm telling you the way the FBI computes the figures.
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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 07:09 AM
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MikeT,

Why did you open this post if you weren't interested? Nothing better to do! Re-locating is absolutely travel related!
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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 07:10 AM
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Old Apr 28th, 2009, 07:14 AM
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Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. It's very helpful.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 04:45 AM
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Jsaravong,

I agree with Wayne's advice and suggest you look seriously at north FL-from Pensacola to J'ville. I live in Tallahassee and accounting and insurance backgrounds are excellent for the job market here. This a very white collar town with state government, two universities and a large community college. Being the state capital, it is also home to many non-profits, trade associations, lobbying groups, etc. The current unemployment rate in Leon County (Tallahassee) is 6.2%, fourth lowest in the state, but extremely high historically for Leon County.

There are two schools in the school zone in which I live that achieved the national honor of "Blue Ribbon School" in the past few years. This is considered to be the highest honor an American school can achieve.

Warning. This is north Florida and it does get cold here. Sometimes, at night it actually freezes.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 06:44 AM
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jsaravong,

I live in Orlando, and I cannot recommend living here. Even though I have been here 35+ years. The crime just seems to be getting worse. Like anyplace there are very nice areas and very bad areas, but the bad areas seems to be growing. There are some very good schools but I would not say that in general the schools are good. On the other hand, I recently had a chance to visit Auburndale, and it seemed to have a real small town feel to it. Perhaps someone else could provide better insight. If you do decide to move here you should visit first to make sure you can handle the climate, especially the summer.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 08:20 PM
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I have to admit that my answers were a reaction to my perceived reasons that jsaravong would want to move here. Coming here on vacation, most especially when you live in somewhere that has a harsh winter, Florida looks great; the promised land.

But as with almost all tourist destinations, the reality of living here is very different from a tourist's experience. I saw the OP's criteria as naive and pretty dangerous. So many people have moved here with those criteria and ended up homeless. It is frightening.

Now, there has been good advice on this thread, but my gut feeling is that the areas that have been suggested are not what the OP wants -- close to the beach, typical Florida tropical locale, good schools, good jobs... aaahhhh. Well, that is not realistic unless you have a fair degree of wealth. Auburndale, Bartow, Madison, and the like are very nice communities, but IMHO they are not the stereotypical Florida that someone might be looking for when they dream of moving here. Those communities can also be found outside Florida, and in themselves do not call for a move of this nature.

I know the OP has not been back for awhile, but I have not stopped worrying about the people who try to "escape" to Florida in these times.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 08:38 PM
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I moved 100 miles northwest Of Orlando after living there for 18 years. If the others haven't already convinced you, I agree completely that the Orlando area is not where you want to come. I love the Gainesville area where I am now settled but don't know the job market since I've had the same job for 26 years. All the places mentioned have their pluses. I will mention a friend of mine just bought a foreclosed 2 BR 2 Bath home with inground pool in Sarasota for just $79,000 so the deals are definitely all over the state!
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Old May 2nd, 2009, 04:27 AM
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I moved to Florida from Ohio last summer. I moved for work reasons. I live in a resort type area and am so far happy.

I do travel to different places in FL. Bartow is a nice town as is Crystal River. Port St. Lucie is also pretty nice. I wouldn't care for the Ft. Lauderdale - West Palm Beach - Miami area, but that's me. I have family in the Naples area and they like it there.

I don't have school age children and haven't been here long enough to speak knowledgeablly about the schools.

I will say that Cocoa Beach weather is pretty damn nice though.
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You might consider Jupiter area. We moved here via a few other northeast cities, but originally from Maine. It is a middle upperclass area with some very upper class neighborhoods intermixed. Schools are decent if you do your homework--our kids have been in the public schools here from kindergarten through to senior in high school. No major issues.

The weather is absolutely paradise. Scripps Research is just getting set here in Jupiter which will bring a good base of jobs as the pharmaceutical companies move here to be near them. Scripps has relocated from Lajolla, CA & it is a huge deal for our area. West Palm is approximately 30 minutes from Jupiter...we are centrally located in the state and an awesome location for recreation. 30 minute flight to the Bahamas or boatable depending on the size of boat...Orlando is 2 hours, Naples area is 2 hours, Miami less than 2 hours, the Florida keys...a few hours away...summers are not nearly as oppressive as some would like to complain....we are not nearly as hot as the Orlando area in the summer.

I cannot imagine another part of the state, country or world that could offer what this area does
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Old May 7th, 2009, 06:43 PM
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It's been almost 40 yrs since I attended U Fla, but i still consider the area between Gainesville and Ocala to be one of the prettiest areas in the country.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 06:47 PM
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I have a family and live in Naples. The schools in this county (Collier) are among the best in the state. I would look at North Naples for more families and A rated schools. There are excellent deals on family sized homes in this area right now. It is an upscale area, near the beach and 15 minutes N. of downtown Naples. Bonita Springs is 5-10 min. North but the schools are not as highly ranked and most people that I know with kids want to be in Naples, Not Bonita. There are lots of family activities, low crime (for now!), great weather (except for June - Oct when it is extremely huumid)and mostly all the stores you would find in a bigger FL city. Having lived in Fort Lauderdale previously, I would Never raise children there based on the school system and crime.
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BigTyke...just curious, where else have you been in our country?
As for Florida, I, born and raised here, have been trying to leave with my family for years. The crime is getting worse here, maybe other cities as well, but Orlando is certainly getting worse. The jobs here are not as abundant as they have been, although one may check to see what our U-rate is at now. There are homes to be had in FL, but the schools are lacking. I have a 6 yr old and would very much like to find a better state to raise that child in. Looking, researching, listening and hoping for a good bit of faith and information to lead us out. I don't understand why anyone with a computer and some resourcefulness would come to Florida without a job lined up/ company move. But good luck to you and your family, may your decision be wise.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 07:34 PM
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wow...guess I shouldn't post without date knowledge, my BAD!! hope this helped...geez
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I am seriously thinking of moving to Florida from New York. I basically can relocate my job anywhere. i'm looking for a decent middle school and high school, decent place for the kids. no drama any suggestions?
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Old May 19th, 2013, 04:23 PM
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Tampa has great public schools, the Gorrey-Wilson-Plant district being the best of the best. South Tampa is very family-centered. The suburbs are, too, but quality of scholls gets spottier out there. Good luck!
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http://www.psk12.com/rating/index.php try a site like this. We moved to Ft Lauderdale 10 months ago and find the place pretty third world in many ways. First I have seen counterfeit money, cars are inspected when you get insurance because of so much fraud. things like that. Further north has fewer immigrants so fewer problems.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 10:26 AM
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Further north has a lot more prejudice..ask the people in Sanford, Katzgar.
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I have seen plenty of anti black racism in the Ft Lauderdale area including the use of a word that would have gotten my kids mouth washed out with soap. Different group further north is biased against maybe?
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Old May 21st, 2013, 12:38 PM
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Man, if I had a dollar for every person who moves to Florida and then can't stop talking about what a backward, racist state it is, I'd be a millionaire.
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