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Is Florida a good place to live? - 7/29/2010
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Houston, TX

I am seriously thinking about to Orlando. I am single African-American mother looking for a change. I have lived in Texas for several years and frankly I am tired of it. Everyone is moving out here leaving the residents that have been here for several years without jobs; I am also having problems with my son's father and leaving will give me the confidence I need to succeed. I want to know where there are decent areas to live in Orlando. How are the schools (high school and elementary)? And how is the job market in health administration? Those three things are the most important to me. If anyone can give there insight on my questions I would really appreciate it.

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