Orlando Area or Palm Beach - Which is the Best Place To Live?
June 25, 2007 8:49am CST
How would you rate these two areas based on the following criteria? 1)Best Weather 2)Finding other Spanish Speakers 3)Cost of Living 4) Public Transportation 5) Low Crime 6) Best looking area 7)Best Shopping 8) Multicultural 9) Universities 10) Traffic 11) Best Place to Raise a Kid I was sent the following link. Please let me know if you agree or disagree with any of its content http://www.orlandofloridasucks.com
• United States
25 Jun 07
I have never lived in Orlando or spent much time there so I can't really say I have an opinion of the place. But I did live in Palm Beach for 6 months and my mom is still living there so I can tell you what I think of it. Obviously I didn't like it too much or I would still be living there. The weather is great in the winter and extremely hot and humid in the summer. The summer I lived there I had to go through 2 hurricanes within 3 weeks so I got over it really fast. The are lots of Spanish speakers down there. You wouldn't have a problem finding them. Cost of living is really high. My mom was paying $1400 in rent for her 3 bedroom 2 bath house and that is a great deal down there. That's normally what you would pay for a 2 bedroom apartment in a descent area. There are taxis and buses for public transportation. And there is a railway that runs all the way down to Miami. The crime rate is pretty high down there. It is a very pretty city in most areas with nice beaches. It is very multicultural. There are a few universities there FAU is the bigger 4 year university there. And there is Palm Beach Community College as one of their 2 year universities. Traffic is horrible. There is always construction somewhere. And no I would not want to raise my daughter there. I hope this helps.
• United States
25 Jun 07
I guess some people would say Palm Beach is similar to what this website describes Orlando. The weather is pretty much the same as Orlando, sometimes a little more hot. But the ocean breeze does help a bit, but it is still hot and sticky. The cost of living depends on what kind of area you are looking at. There are actually some areas where you get further away from the beach that are actually nicer and more expensive. So just because you are near the beach doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be cheaper. The areas that are a little cheaper are Jupiter (that's in north Palm Beach), West Palm Beach, Lantana and Lake Worth. There are lots of different sections of Palm Beach county so you do have a lot of areas to choose from. I'm not really sure how much the transportation costs from Palm Beach to Miami since I never used it while I was there. But there are lots of people that commute to and from. They either live in Miami and work in Palm Beach or vice versa. So that is an option. And the reasons I wouldn't want to raise my daughter there are because of the rising crime and the poor schools. But of course my little sister is in middle school down there right now and doing fine. But there are some very mean rich spoiled kids down there. Of course you will find this anywhere. But it seems like it's pretty bad down there. If you are considering anywhere else in south Florida I would also look into Port Saint Lucie or some of the cities a little furth north of Palm Beach. These cities are rapidly growing and are a little bit cheaper right now.