Moving to Orlando FL?.... please advice!!!!

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Justin

El Paso, TX

#1 Mar 4, 2009
Hello everyone.

First I would like to take the moment to thank all of you for reading my thread!

I have recently been layed off from a great job and am currently looking for a new job..

I live in texas and the job market for my industry (radio, new media, interative design) is a niche industry.

A friend of mine suggested that Orlando is a wonderful striving city and that it would be a great choice in this tuff economy.

I have visited before on vacation but dont know much about the city other then your regular tourist attrations.

I am 27 years old and live with mey 9 year old son.

is this city a good city to live in? I would greatly apreciate ALL advice as I need to make a move to find a job and hate to be receivin unemployment benefits!!

Generally, is it hard to find a job? how are the natives there? How is the crime rate? Is it a good city to be a single parent? is it expensive to live there?

The avrage 1000 sq ft 2 bedroom apartment down here in a nice area is about 750 to 850 dollars.
How is the economy there?

I know its allot of questions but im hopeing to make a decision within the next 3 weeks. simply finding a studio aparment and registering with the workforce organization to find a job.

thanks for all of your time and help!
best regards,
justin
Justin

El Paso, TX

#2 Mar 4, 2009
i want to apologyse for all of the misspellings in advance, i am typing on a rollout folding laptop keyboard and the keys are hard to hit. thanks
listening in

North Fort Myers, FL

#3 Mar 5, 2009
Hi Justin, you are better off sticking it out in El Paso if you have good friends and family there. Orlando's job market is very bad, unless you have a job already lined up. the cost for an apartment sounds about the same here. Orlando has quite a bit of crime, if you would like to research the local news here log on to www.wftv.com , it is a local news web site.

Best of luck to you.
Justin

El Paso, TX

#4 Mar 5, 2009
hi listeing in.

thanks for your responce. well anythning is better then el paso. there is currently 19% unemployment according to the workforce stadistics. I registered yesterday on the florida workforce website and saw 17 pages of jobs that match my criteria where here in el paso there is 0.

Anyone else care to share some points of view? Thanks again.
Rollins girl

Hopkinsville, KY

#5 Mar 5, 2009
Hi Justin,

I live in Orlando and I like it here, but the crime wave we are having is scary. An 11 year old was raped by 2 men while walking to school recently, but the police did catch them. So if you decide to move here, just be careful who you trust, especially around your child.

Heres the link to our local newspaper :

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

Our local TV stations :

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/

http://www.wesh.com/index.html

http://www.clickorlando.com/index.html

http://www.wftv.com/index.html

http://cfnews13.com/

Hey, good luck, hope you find a good job :)
Justin

El Paso, TX

#6 Mar 5, 2009
well i am somewhat used to scary news. El Paso is a border city with Juarez Mexico. Juarez is by far one of the most dangerous cities in the world with an avrage murder rate of 40 ppl a day related to the drug cartels. The crime wave is so bad that there is thousands of copy cat killing, robbing and comitting crime because the authorites are so terrified of the masacres that happend in plain day light in main avenues with miitary style weaponary. El Paso and Juarez are separated by a river that is 10 feet in with.

That is also why I am interested in leaving this place. below is a tid bit from todays news.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_1183...

I dont know. I have my heart set on orlando or austin texas.

I am asking the same questions on the austin topix forum.

from my past visits to orlando i really fell in love with the place. I am hopeing to make a decision in 3 weeks so any opinions or advice is welcome.

Thanks for sharing those links! but i feel a persons perspective is more valuable then stadistics and news that could be found on the net.

Thanks!
Rollins girl

Hopkinsville, KY

#7 Mar 5, 2009
One good thing about living here is out of town friends and family love to come visit. And your son would love the theme parks :)

And the beaches are awesome. Sounds like its a good idea to leave El Paso.
Not fair

Orlando, FL

#8 Mar 5, 2009
Hello again, after reading your response I would say get out of El Paso as well. The weather is wonderful here, rather hot, hot hot in August, Sept. but the rest of the year it is great. Since we are a tourist area they really take pride keeping the grass nice and green, Traffic is congested but I am sure that is the case any where.

Some areas of Orlando are worse than others as far as crime, Downtown is not good and neither is a place called Pine Hills, they are always in the news.
Justin

El Paso, TX

#9 Mar 5, 2009
Thanks Not Fair!

Here are a few items to compare.

- El Paso regular weather: Dry desert 98 - 112
- Population 800 K but shares traffic with Juarez that has over 3 Million People.
- 17% unemployment

The more i read about orlando the more convinced I am to move there!

What are good areas to live in? Im a 27 year old single white straight male. Every city seems to have an area that strives and caters to a younger demographic.

What are good areas to live in? I was looking on Craigslist and noticed that housing is allot cheaper then El Paso!!!
Michael

Orlando, FL

#10 Mar 5, 2009
Coming to Orlando without a job? Not the smartest thing do do, but don't worry. If you can't find one, you can live in our downtown park for free. Also, you can panhandle, and maybe get a free meal from smug but guilty liberals who like to feed the semi-feral humans. There is a grocery store next to the park with a public restroom--a good place for a free sink bath. Stay away from places named Parramore, and Pine Hills, unless you can pack heat and are not afraid to defend yourself. It helps if you can speak Spanish, but coming from Texas that is likely no problem for you.
Justin

El Paso, TX

#11 Mar 5, 2009
I can certanly understand your point of view but fortunately i have enough money saved up to live job free for a good year and be able to live comfortably.
Comparing job openings with my local job market it looks like a logical choice for me and the industry i work in.
Not fair

Orlando, FL

#12 Mar 6, 2009
Hi Justin, if you research cities that are a few miles away from Orlando you will find they are nicer areas to live but close enough to work & play anywhere in the Orlando area. I would suggest Altamonte Springs, Longwood, and Lake Mary. I have found that the East Orlando and South Orlando areas have more hispanic communities. Downtown Orlando either is very high dollar communities or very low rent which is high crime areas.
Justin

El Paso, TX

#13 Mar 6, 2009
Thanks! Yeah I would love to find out more about what areas are the best to live in. I have been looking for Orlando Chat rooms on the internet but cant seem to find any.
Not fair wrote:
Hi Justin, if you research cities that are a few miles away from Orlando you will find they are nicer areas to live but close enough to work & play anywhere in the Orlando area. I would suggest Altamonte Springs, Longwood, and Lake Mary. I have found that the East Orlando and South Orlando areas have more hispanic communities. Downtown Orlando either is very high dollar communities or very low rent which is high crime areas.
Justin

El Paso, TX

#15 Mar 12, 2009
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Tee

Longwood, FL

#16 Mar 13, 2009
Check out Winter Garden.
Great place. I love it. Downtown family events, farmers market, huge mall on the outskirts with everything you need...don't have to travel anywhere. Parks and rec. Major roads to take you wherever you need to go. Great schools. Family oriented communities.
It is located on the West Side of Orlando.
Topix has a winter garden forum where you can get other opinions and read some articles about what goes on in the city.
City Website www.cwgdn.com
Stone Temple Staind

Spring, TX

#17 Jul 2, 2013
Michael wrote:
Coming to Orlando without a job? Not the smartest thing do do, but don't worry. If you can't find one, you can live in our downtown park for free. Also, you can panhandle, and maybe get a free meal from smug but guilty liberals who like to feed the semi-feral humans. There is a grocery store next to the park with a public restroom--a good place for a free sink bath. Stay away from places named Parramore, and Pine Hills, unless you can pack heat and are not afraid to defend yourself. It helps if you can speak Spanish, but coming from Texas that is likely no problem for you.
Not all Texans are Hispanic or bilingual in Spanish. Never heard of Pine Hills or Parramore. Do not have any family who lives or even visits places like that. I would not think Professionals would frequent those places.
Norman Conquest

Bethpage, NY

#18 Jul 2, 2013
Stone Temple Staind wrote:
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Not all Texans are Hispanic or bilingual in Spanish. Never heard of Pine Hills or Parramore. Do not have any family who lives or even visits places like that. I would not think Professionals would frequent those places.
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