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monica
Saginaw, MI

I am interested in moving to Orlando, FL from the inner city of Michigan, Saginaw, which is close to flint to be exact. I am 22 married with one child who will be starting kindergarden in the next year. I do not have a college degree and neither does my husband. Looking for feedback from people who live/lived in Orlando. Interested in knowing about schools, crime,cost of living, and most important jobs.

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nana

re: relocating - 4/13/2011 - 4/13/2011
I lived in Orlando for 10 years and believe me, I am glad I moved away. The weather is unbearable, it is so humid all the time that you will have to shower several times a day. Unemployment rate in Orlando is super high, several friends and family have been unemployed for months, and the pay is extremely low. Traffic is also pretty bad and the current transportation system is useless (I believe they are building a rail for the central FL area). Crime rate is very high as well - Orlando is a terrible place to raise a family. I lived there half of my life and I consider it my hometown but I would NEVER go back. There are more people in the city than there are jobs because people from the north move to Orlando trying to escape from the winters - it is not worth it. Without a degree the opportunities of finding a job are very small, you might find something PT at minimum wage ($7.25). The state of FL has a really bad educational system, schools are bad and overcrowded. The cost of living is high if you want to live in a decent neighborhood. I know that the beaches and the warm weather are very appealing but in my opinion it would not be a wise decision to move to Orlando. I hope this helps! :)


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Barbra

re: relocating - 4/13/2011 - 6/8/2011
The Good: I like warm weather, so while Much of June through August are unbearable, I'll take it for beautiful days and gorgeous skies the rest of the year. It sure beats 5 or 6 mos of winter in NY and PA where I've lived before. There are a LOT of amenities to be found here. If you need a store or grocery store or something to do, it's here. What's left of the Florida landscape is absolutely gorgeous. (Wekiva State Park is an example) Proximity to beaches is awesome. Jobs are plentiful if low paying. Downtown is quite pretty. Traffic is light compared to many other cities even though people call I-4 a parking lot. DC, Toronto, LA, NY, Boston are all MUCH MUCH worse. The Bad: Not much room left for small business owners. Sprawl and chains have overtaken it. It's very hard to live in a nice community that has a community feel outside of the city. You have to make quite a commute to do so. I don't think it's the best city for children. Education is subpar in Florida and in Orlando in particular. You have to make a lot of money to do well for your kids here I think. In short, there are pockets of lovely neighborhoods, but it can be hard to find them. It is probably much better than Flint, MI, but there are also much smarter choices to raise a family. It depends on what you want. If your dream is to work for Disney, then it may be worth it. I work for Disney and happen to like it very much, but the pay is certainly not stellar. There isn't much culture or art scenes to be found. It's ok, but not good. Crime rate is VERY high right now. Cost of living is so so, but not when compared to the


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Tim

re: relocating - 4/13/2011 - 5/23/2011
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joseph
Winter Garden, FL

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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

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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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Joe
Rotonda West, FL

OK place to visit, terrible place to live! - 12/16/2012

This is one of the worst places to live according to a BestpPlaces.net article and backed up by a Forbes magazine article. Living in Orlando or anywhere is not like a vacation here. The Florida Move Guide says that most who move here will come to despise the heat, humidity (summers are 6-9 months long), lack of sense of community with everyone moving in and out. Have kids in school? Near worst graduation rates in the nation. 1,000,000 have permits to carry guns in Florida, more than any other state and lots more if you count all the criminals. High crime and growing, stressed out drivers from worsening traffic, foreclosure capital of the world, average people walking around with guns shooting people. Visit and stick to the tourist areas (safer) but don't move here for retirement or if you have kids.

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Nanette
Orlando, FL

Home of Mickey Mouse - 10/27/2012

If you can deal with the constant influx of tourists there are plenty of things to do in Orlando! Your near everything, great nightlife, not far from major sporting events, theme parks, and the ocean!

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Cecilia
Orlando, FL

Orlando LOVES Criminals - 10/9/2012

Orlando is getting worse in regards to crime. Every night there is news about murders,burglaries,etc. and that is what we know about.I live in what is considered a great area of Orlando and it is getting where it is having just as much crime as the worse areas. I was at a Funeral Home for a service and my vehicle plus 2 others got smashed in windows and items stolen. Between the Orange County Sheriffs office and the judicial system,,the criminals love it here,,they get by with very little punishment for their crimes. A car thief got caught in my neighborhood and it was his 3rd car theft,he was out the next day and we were told there is really no punishment until he steals 10 cars!!!!

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Kim
Winter Garden, FL

Orlando businesses - 8/6/2012

I was curious which businesses in Central Florida people thought would benefit from better advertising. I know that I have been to several places recently that I didn't even know existed until someone else told me. Places that I would have BEEN going to had I known they were there. Please respond of you know of a businesses that is seemingly unknown to most people. I'm always looking for new things to do with my children.

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