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Michigan City, IN


A nice place to visit. - 2/15/2017
My in-laws live there.
I love to visit the place.
Nice people. The city has everything, malls, restaurants, cafes. It's very close to the nature.
It's cold in the winter and it snows a lot.

But I wouldn't want to live there.

First, It's really hard to find a professional job in the city. Many people have to commute to Chicago and Michigan for work (Chicago is just about an hour away).

And Indiana is a very much republican state so if you're more liberal it's not quite place for you.

And it's cold in the winter.

Chicago, IL


Fun city. High crime rate and cold winter - 2/13/2017
I've lived in Chicago for about 3 years.
It wasn't bad at all. The city as pros and cons.

Pros:
Good public transportation. You basically can survive without a car.
A lot of opportunities for professional growth.
A lot of fun places to visit.
Beautiful downtown, Lake Shore, Boystown.
Gorgeous Fall.

Cons:
High crime rate and a lot of shootings.
Cold, long, gloomy winter with a lot of snow.
Parking during the winter almost doesn't exist.
The city is pretty expensive.
Lack of nature.

After living there for 3 years I can't say that it's quite my place to live. I had a lot of fun there, yes but the lack of sunshine and the nature affects you in a negative way.

The city left a negative impact on my personal life but it really no the city's fault.

You can save a lot of money on not having a car and using public transportation.

Clearwater, FL


Depends what you're looking for. - 2/13/2017
My husband and I moved from Chicago a year ago.
We lived in Tampa for about a year than moved to a town house in Clearwater.
It really depends what you're looking for and your professional field.

Weather.

Extremely hot summer, it rains a lot during the summer and when it rains it pours. Hurricane season is not that bad but it may vary from year to year. Before moving in or purchasing anything check if your house in the flood area. When it storms pretty bad many areas got flooded pretty bad. And it very hummed.

It's a GREAT place to be in a winter. It's not too hot and not too chilly, just perfect. Winter is the only time of the year when you can go for a long walk during the day and enjoy outdoor activity. It doesn't rain that often during the winter.

Employment.

Don't move here if your profession is other than IT or medical professional. Well, don't move here if you're doctor lol.
Medical field is extremely underpaid here. Just google average salary for a nurse or a doctor in Florida and other states. But still if you're in medical field you're going to be ok here in terms of paying bills and renting a decent place.
All other industries are extremely underpaid and the average income does not meet the cost of living here.
If you're staring your career in IT it's a great place to get some solid experience and move on.

Housing.

After Chicago I would say that housing is more affordable than in Chicago but not by much.
You can a rent decent apartment between $800-1000 or a house/townhouse between $1000-1500.

Social life.
Again depends what you're looking for. For LGBT folks, I wouldn't recommend Tampa Bay area in general. No the area is very gay friendly (in my opinion) but there's no organised LGBT community in terms of a "gay" neighborhood like Boystown in Chicago for instance. Yeah there're are gay bars and clubs but still it's nothing like Chocago or even Miami.

Over all, Clearwater and Tampa Bay has plenty of fun places to go out and have fun. Ybor City is the center of bars and restaurants. Coyote Ugly
bar is awesome!

Diversity.

In general, Tampa Bay is a diverse place. But still predominately the're senor citizens, dusting the winter snow birds. If you like younger crowd Tampa Bay and Clearwater is not place for you.

Car insurance and traffic.

Car insurance is just outrages! Traffic in Tampa is horrible. People do stupid stuff. Clearwater is a little bit better and my car insurance went down a little bit when I moved there. But as soon as you enter Tampa- it's just awful.

Other.

You're going to see a lot of weirdos in Tampa Bay area. Especially in St. Pete or in Tampa by Nebraska ave.


To sum up my review, I want to say that we don't regret that we moved here from Chicago. I miss my community but on the other hand the nature is grate and it's a beautiful place to live. However, I am not sure if we're going to stay here forever.




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