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DO NOT MOVE TO ORLANDO UNLESS YOU SPEAK SPANISH OR - 3/16/2008
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Xtal
Sanford, FL

I have lived near Orlando for 5 years now. I have a job in a construction company that services all of central florida & have heard of many horror stories of people being ripped off. Alot of new people that move here buy a big fancy house (that they over paid), get a pool built (alot of pool companies like Champagine Pools & Aquatic Innovations DO NOT always build your pool correctly & you do not know until 2 years later when its too late!), then spend about $10k on a screen enclosure (only good screen companies are family owned/operated, do not use high volumed companies due to thier policies of "build 'em cheap, stack 'em deep). Then your property taxes skyrocket, insurance goes up, then your house is for sale because you can't afford it anymore. Your house may be on the market for 6 months or more due to many homes on your street will be on the market also. The subdivisions here are seprated by race. They will never tell you this of course. If you have to move to the Orlando area, find an area you think you like & drive through it during the evening hours & then midday hours. There are areas for Spanish speaking people, british people, black people, and white people. If you are a mixed couple (example: white married to a mexican), then be prepared to get stares and dirty looks. I am married to a man of a different race than myself & we both work at the same place. his job is to go to someone's home & give an estimate for work to be done. I have been on estimates with him where we have knocked on the door, someone answers, looks at both of us, askes if we speak spanish (we say no), then they say "we dont want to work with you" and slams the door. This has happened MANY times. DO NOT MOVE TO ORLANDO UNLESS YOU SPEAK SPANISH OR HAVE LOTS OF MONEY!!! You will be treated like crap unless you have one of those things.

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Liz

re: DO NOT MOVE TO ORLANDO UNLESS YOU SPEAK SPANIS - 12/28/2013
I am Hispanic and we are mix races so I don't think they slammed their door because of that, maybe they needed someone that spoke Spanish or maybe they were just rude. I do agree with you that Orlando is bad right now, too many people moved here, no jobs, crime is rising, rent too expensive. Some people think because of "Disney" this is a great place to be, well be prepare because Disney is the first one on the list, the pay rate well too sad to say, but then again most jobs here are. You need money or a very good paying job in order to make it here. I h been living in Orlando for 25 years and I can't wait to get out...I had been looking for work for the past 5 years and I have a degree. Interview after interview, one position for many applicants...etc. The tourist area which is International Dr. near Universal and Sea World are getting bad with lots of robberies. So if you are planning visiting be careful. Orlando is not a safe place, there are a lot of drugs/guns spots in the Orlando area. If you have money to live in the nicest areas like lake nona, celebration then you good otherwise I don't recommend anyone to move here.


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Lindsey
Gainesville, FL

Gainesville FL - 8/19/2015

g or biking Move downtown. I lived there and loved it. You can walk or bike anywhere you need to go. The bus system has more routes down there as well. There are lots of great restaurants and bars in this area. The brewery, First Magnitude has free yoga on Sundays. The rent downtown is very reasonable as well, especially the historic buildings. Duckpond is a good area to look also, and still in walking, biking distance of everything. Gainesville has so may unique places: the Top, Boca Fiesta, Satchels, Flacos, Curia (a new coffee shop), Wolfgang, and Urban Thread (for shopping), and Lucky's, where you can drink beer while you grocery shop. And dont forget to visit the two awesome local breweries: Swamphead, and First Magnitude. Another great thing about Gainesville is that it's not too far from St Augustine. Ginnie Springs is great as well... Also, downtown there is a farmers market every Wednesday, and dont forget about the bike trails! I've been gone a month, and miss it so much. Hope this helps :) Also, look at Trip Advisor for more ideas. If you don't have a car, you should live downtown. Grocery stores, post office, bank, all in walking distance.

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Joe
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Zip Codes Please - 6/24/2015

Please post your zip code with a review. Orlando is very spread out and letting readers know what part you lived in will help tremendously. I have been to visit Orlando number of times and loved the downtown and Winter Park areas. Reviewers please make your reviews objective as possible. I put zero credibility for any review of any city that can't find one positive thing to say. I've traveled extensively in this country and can always find something good even in the worst places.

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jenn
Orlando, FL

Orlando is HELL on earth... - 6/16/2015

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Mike
Orlando, FL

Gave it 3 years. Adios, Orlando - 12/12/2014

In a nutshell, orlando is... poor minorities and nouveau riche, sprawl, poor infrastructure, sleaze and scam artists, slow, boring, expensive, crime ridden, very low wages, humid, and void of culture. It's pretty much an incredibly poorly done poor mans imitation of LA. You've been forewarned. You're welcome.

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Mike
Orlando, FL

Watch it! - 12/4/2014

Watch "Hotwives of Orlando." This parody says it best.

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joseph
Winter Garden, FL

orlando economy - 11/11/2014

do not come here unless you want to work selling timeshares or at Disney. It seems that there are only two major economies in the Orlando area. The tourism and elderly care industries. If selling timeshares wasn't hard enough or shady enough, most of these companies pay their employees $ 9.00/hr plus commission and the fact that they are always advertising job openings leads one to believe that obviously, there is incredible turn around at these companies. There is much more opportunity down south in the Miami/Ft Lauderdale area. The problem is that rent and housing costs are through the roof. Aside from all this, the weather is unbearable due to the humidity for at least 6 months of the year. There are native Floridians who still are not accustomed to the heat. In all fairness to Orlando, from the months of November to April the humidity dies down and it could be pleasant on most days.

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laura
Herndon, VA

It's not all Disney - 7/31/2014

I lived in Orlando for 10 years and was pretty happy for most of that time. The heat, especially in summer, is oppressive but, being single, I would just head to the beach or stay indoors. Once I had my daughter, I began to see things differently. Crime is horrific. We lived in a nice middle-upper middle class, gated neighborhood. One night a man who had stolen a vehicle and was evading police was shot and killed on our front lawn. Every night I could hear drag racing and what I believe were gun shots in the distance. A family owned convenience store around the corner from our neighborhood was robbed in the middle of the day by 4 men wielding sawed off shotguns...saw them speeding away shooting into the air. I was a high school teacher at one of the 'better' high schools in Orlando....it was a nightmare. The students were thugs - they wore ankle monitors to school, PO's visited them, they conducted business in class, more than one male student flashed the other students, one even assaulted another student with his penis. Downtown was overrun with homeless people. The downtown bars were awesome when I first lived there - they had some pretty cool, unique places to hang out (Go Lounge, Kit Kat Club, I Bar, Sapphire Supper Club) but all those unique spots were replaced by boring polished corporate-owned establishments. Boring. Aside from all this, there is no culture or entertainment to speak of. (Disney and the I drive area do not constitute entertainment imo). It's pretty much a cesspool. I knew as soon as our daughter was born that we would leave and we did when she was 16 months old. Best decision we ever made.

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Edwin

Searching a new place to live - 6/9/2014

I'm from Puerto Rico and I'm looking for a good place where I can find a good home a job a school and medical facilities in a very peacefull place. the weather is important to

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jenn
Orlando, FL

orlando is the worst city in the world... - 5/17/2014

no he is right...ORLANDO IS THE WORST!! people there will be nice to you if you are average- if you are different or even outstanding you will get abused. the residents are ALL PSYCHOPATHS. very few are NORMAL. Orlando is full of devil people? they aren't human they are robotic demons from hell designed to infest that city and destroy the normal people that live there. there are no good jobs and recruiters are losers from other cities who shun good qualified people. ive worked at places full of angry ugly fat Hispanics and low lifes who all treated me like dirt. there is so much evil and bad in that city its shocking. the people are the WORST worse than some ghetto place in harlem or even in any third world country. these people in Orlando aren't people they are soulless maggots. neighbors are sociopaths- an entire neighborhood of sociopaths HARASSED me for no reason and pick on random people. I hope all of these evil worthless people perish in hell where they belong. FAMILIES are evil disturbed deranged BAD PEOPLE. its IMPOSSIBLE to make friends unless the clicks of psychos accept you and most people are so closed unfriendly no one will. the people of Orlando are the most disgusting filth to exist...trust me no one can hate a place like this...it isn't a place full of humans. I agree with Gabriel totally- many people move here and just suffer because of the quality of filth humans that exist there...I am a kind sweet caring smart beautiful educated female- anywhere I go almost I get shunned mistreated talked bad about judged- even chickfilas bully me for no reason. I cant make friends people are so mean unfriendly...sick people there. if I try to make friends I get kicked out, banned. the people there aren't human?? even at Disney its full of nasty rude cast members now who are arrogant and crazy. the entire city is made up of sociopaths. thai and Asian restaurant employees are psychos. Orlando is the worst city on the PLANET...I promise you this. its worse than some trashy third world country...its the WORST.

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jenn
Orlando, FL

orlando is the worst city on the planet.... - 5/17/2014

Orlando is hell on earth...its the WORST. please help me!! im stuck in this nightmare of a hell city. the people are the RUDEST NASTIEST MOST UNEDUCATED LOW CLASS GARBAGE TO EXIST!! even the educated people are trash scum. everyone in Orlando is evil- from restaurants to citizens--its full of filthy people. I hope the entire city gets wiped out by a tsunami!

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Kevin
Winter Park, FL

Senior Health Plans Supplements have lower Premium - 3/17/2014

You can get a plan F in Orlando for as low as $150/month this is not a Select plan either. The highest premiums are for those 80+ but are still significantly lower then New York more then $100/month less then everyone in New York pays. You also lock in your enrollment age for the rest of your life. If you want to discuss this or Medicare advantage plans or PDP plans please call me. I am a licensed Healtn Insurance agent. Call (407) 756-4736.

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James
Orlando, FL

Professional Health Care : No Fear of Regulation - 10/12/2013

As far as Orlando / Orange County Fl goes, you can find some great professionals here. Google search (Tosh Florida Flat Hot Dumb) Many professionals care less about professionalism, courtesy, the law etc.. I think, they believe we are "dumb" and unsophisticated. Food service - health department, no enforce, refusing to recycling business! Orange County - no money to enforce. There is an underlining provincial, intellectual (if you call it that) isolationist. They have no clue about the world here and eating healthy is hard w limited access to fish.

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Matthew
Orlando, FL

This ain't Mickey Mouse or you're Grandparent's Fl - 9/28/2013

(My Synopsis) If you're rich, white and obnoxious you'll love it here. If you're anything other than that, turn around and go back to where you came from, or be prepared to enter your new living hell. "You need to speak Spanish to live here." False. Mostly everyone here knows how to speak English and will speak it if necessary. It is true though that there are companies that won't hire you unless you're bilingual. This seems to be an increasing number all the time. "It's hot and humid and there are a lot of bugs." True "You need a car to live there." TRUE. VERY VERY TRUE The public transportation here is the worst I've ever seen. The "city" is very spread out and it's pretty much impossible to get around without wheels of some sort. "Disney controls everything here." False. Rich white folks control everything here. Disney isn't even in Orlando, it's in Kissemmee. "There's lots to do in Orlando." The downtown is lame as hell. It's a bunch of banks, lawyers offices, condo towers and bars. Literally, that's about it.Everything else is in the outskirts and is expensive as hell. Again, rich, white and obnoxious is what thrives here. Also, there is also no shopping downtown whatsoever, it's bizarre. Also, everything here is incredibly, I mean unbelievably commercial. If you're into Starbuck's and Wal*Mart, this will be you're heaven. Aside from the Spanish places, nothing here is authentic. Real pizza is non-existent. "The rent prices are out of control." For the wages paid, definitely "There aren't any jobs here." False. There are tons of jobs here, they just don't pay anything and if you have a criminal record, forget making any money here. "There are lots of scams here." VERY VERY TRUE, be careful. "The people here are mean and rude." True. Orlando has the slowness of the south with the attitude of the north. You must remember, nobody is really FROM here. It's rare you run into anybody who is legitimately a native. Another thing I can't believe people haven't mentioned is the HUGE issues of drugs, prostitution and homelessness. It's freakin EVERYWHERE here. Tent cities all over the place (hidden in the woods), not to mention downtown, where it's right in your face, they're everywhere. (Homeless people drug addicts and prostitutes that is). This place is sad. Don't move here, trust me!

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Tim
Orlando, FL

Too hot! - 4/20/2013

Too hot! Too humid! Too many bugs.

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Naiana

living in Orlando - 4/5/2013

great city

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Lisa
Kissimmee, FL

Don't bother moving here if you can't speak spanis - 3/23/2013

I don't even know where to begin. Orlando is truly a nightmare. The schools are horrible and way behind as far as coursework goes, compared to northern schools. I have a child that graduated with a 4.0 GPA who could not pass a test given to incoming freshmen at a Tennessee high school. Yes, there is the Bright Futures scholarship, but it is only good for Florida Colleges... I would be surprised if a graduate from a Florida University could pass a high school equivalency test. You cannot even imagine! The schools are not safe either. Not a day goes by that fights are not reported at the middle and high schools on the news. I know for a fact that there were over 100 fights in which kids were seriously harmed at my daughter's high school during her senior year. (most racially motivated-two of her friends were driving in a truck, all the passenger heard was "whitey don't belong here" and some pops, the driver was able to pull into a 7-11 and stop the truck, but did die then. A teenager shot and killed for not being hispanic) As far as trying to reason with other parents, it is a joke as these supposed "parents" are purchasing alcohol for the kids, getting the kids tattoos, fighting, cussing and leading the way by example. The high school yearbook omitted the section for the cheerleaders and instead had a new section called body-art. Yes, for the students to show off tattoos and piercings! 90% of the grocery stores, discount chains (walmart, etc) and mall shops hire only "bi-lingual" people. Problem being is that these people do not speak English well at all, if at all, so any questions you have.. well you will not receive any answers. There is absolutely no work ethic down here. The small working population (as most are illegal immigrants, welfare recipients, teenage mothers, or have some imaginary disability so as not to actually work) do not care about their jobs, only a paycheck. They try to say it is because Florida is so "laid back". No, Floridians are LAZY and simply do not care. The crime rate is so high it is insane! Although I will state that most crimes are committed by illegals because they know they will simply be deported and they'll return on the next bus, so they have no consequences to face when committing crimes. The only ting worthwhile down here is the weather, but after dealing with everything else, you'll want to run back home ASAP. Oh and good luck finding a doctor or dentist that will see you without at least a 3 hour wait.. they consider that normal. Driving has been mentioned and poses an interesting situation in itself. Road Rage seems to be the norm. Oh and (as I wasn't in the habit of doing so) make sure that when driving your car doors are locked at all times! Con-artists are everywhere! They are homeless, out of gas, were mugged, are out of diapers.. all are veterans (yet none seem to remember what unit they were in) etc... of course none of this is true (heck, I've gotten to know some of the "regulars" now and had the same people try different stories) They will stand at stoplights and peck on your window while you are stopped, or accost you when you park in a parking lot at a store, come up while you are pumping gas.. it is crazy too. All I can say is that the weather is not worth it at all! The sad thing is, these people that have lived here all/most of their lives think this is a normal way of life too... BEWARE!

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Norma
Orlando, FL

Variety of Churches - 3/5/2013

There are many churches of various denominations.

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Noelle
Orlando, FL

After 30+ years, I'm leaving - 2/17/2013

I was born and raised in Central Florida. After thirty-something years, I'll be moving to Pittsburgh, PA this summer. Why? This town has really dissolved into a puddle of watery crap. I know they say things were always better in the past, but this place has fallen apart. The Southern feeling to this place has completely vanished and given way to hostility. People here are just angry, miserable and hateful. On top of that, rent is out-of-control expensive while salaries are getting lower. This area has always paid lower than the national average thanks to The Mouse, but it was supported by a lower cost of living. On this very site, I'm finding major metropolitan areas that pay better with a lower cost of living. Once I began to travel extensively, I started to realize that it's hard to find a cultural heartbeat of Orlando. Other cities have unique enclaves carved out by immigrants with quirky shops and restaurants. Orlando is a huge (outlet) strip mall with a tiny Vietnamese district. The weather? You're already aware that Florida is disgustingly hot and uncomfortable from May-November (and in this year's case, it will be disgustingly hot next week in the winter). In the concrete paradise of Orlando, it's amplified. If you're considering a move to Orlando, it's probably a move you will probably make anyway like the other 95% of residents who don't count themselves as natives. Your reason is probably superficial: you hate snow. I'm sure you'll enjoy the theme parks, water parks and convenience stores on every corner. Enjoy it while it lasts. It's very easy to outgrow this place.

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Bp
Orlando, FL

Not a good place to live and raise children! - 2/10/2013

The weather is good. Crime is very high!

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Matt
Orlando, FL

College student Review - 2/8/2013

On a positive note, my money goes far enough to make ends meet and there is plenty of businesses to work for here. Attractions and theme parks with great benefits for both locals and tourists. We work then play. On a negative note, our public transportation system is nearly relyable and improving with hope from the sun rail station to bring more business to our buses. Orlando's crime rate is also high with several city gangs patrolling its streets. All in all its up to nature on if you have a good day or not here in Orlando. The weather is unpredictable... However it never snows here.

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