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June 5, 2010 8:45 AM Subscribe
My SO and I are trying to figure out where in the state of Florida we should move. Please help us make a huge change.
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation around Florida (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We are a bi-racial couple, moving with our close friends and their two children (who are also bi-racial) (whew, forgive me for the overuse)...we are all excited to get the heck out of dodge, longing to leave the snow behind and look at some palm trees for a while. Most importantly, the lack of diversity in our area is a serious downer. And by downer, I mean abusive and depressing.
The man of the other couple is from Jamaica, and they would eventually be going there, whereas we would probably just rent in Florida, provided we like it. They will have about $3000 USD saved, we are semi-retired and so will be willingly floating them a bit (which is totally fine, and I only mention it because we will be trying to rent a large house or two bungalows or something that's sort of communal, provided we can find it). Northern Florida is totally out.
Here are our problems:
We really, really want to live in the least racist part of Florida. Diversity and tolerance are the MAIN criteria for this move. The kids are being abused, the adults deal with more than average bullshit. Less gawking by the locals will be a wonderful change (or at least we won't give a crap because we can retreat to the pool type of thing)
They have two small children, so a decent school system is very high on the list.
The oil spill is a consideration, obviously.
All of us are music people, dancing people, beachy people.
In reading some of the other Florida threads, a smallish town is exactly what we are trying to escape from.
Not-horrible crime levels would be wonderful.
We are just fine with all the touristy stuff, the kids (and the adults) are pretty ripe for some theme park action (not just Disney, but bring on some damn water slides, too, whatever.)
We have read page after page on the web about Florida, per capita murders, median incomes. We've looked at page after page of housing. We can afford $1500-2000/mo for rent, so no rich, rich, rich places. We do okay, not fabulously.
We trust you, Mefites, more than we trust those other resources.
Where in Florida has the lifestyle and attitudes we are seeking?