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Florida, Orlando among top places to live
bizjournals ^ | September 7, 2006

Posted on 09/12/2006 8:54:13 AM PDT by stainlessbanner

A new Harris Poll shows that Florida has become a slightly less-popular state for Americans to live in, while Orlando's popularity climbed into the top 15 cities for living.

Florida has fallen a notch to become the third-most-popular state U.S. adults would choose to live in if they could live in any state outside of their own.

The top-ranked state is California, which has been No. 1 for the last four years. Next up was Hawaii, which flip-flopped spots with Florida.

The rest of the top 10 most-popular states people said they would like to live in were:

* North Carolina, No. 4, up from a tie for No. 8 the year before

* Texas, No. 5, also moving up from No. 8 the year before

* Washington, No. 6, moving up from No. 11

* Colorado, No. 7, dropping from No. 4

* New York, No. 8, dropping from No. 5

* Arizona. No. 9, dropping from No. 6

* Oregon, No. 10, dropping from No. 7

When Harris Poll asked respondents their favorite U.S. city to live in or near, the only Florida area to make the top 15 was Orlando, at No. 14. The city ranked too low to be included in the top 14 the year before, but was No. 12 the year before that.

The No. 1 U.S. city in the ranking was New York City. Following it, in order, were San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Las Vegas.

Harris put its survey's sampling error at plus or minus 2 percentage points.

The poll was conducted online with U.S. citizens between Aug. 8-17. Harris surveyed 3,685 adults and weighted the results for age, sex, race, education, region, online presence and household income to be proportional with the population.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: florida; orlando; popular; state

1 posted on 09/12/2006 8:54:14 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

Harris surveyed 3,685 but for Bushs approval ratings they poll hundreds. Makes you go hmmmmmm, zogby special sauce?


2 posted on 09/12/2006 8:56:38 AM PDT by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Orlando also has some of the finest traffic jams and ugliest buildings in America!


3 posted on 09/12/2006 8:56:49 AM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: RexBeach

Did they poll any legal immigrants?


4 posted on 09/12/2006 8:59:09 AM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: stainlessbanner

I went to a Navy school in Orlando. Can't say I cared much for the place. Everything seemed like a facade for tourists and the weather was humid beyond words. I'll stick with Arizona.


5 posted on 09/12/2006 9:00:05 AM PDT by inkling
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To: widowithfoursons

I forgot.

Orlando has some of the finest illegal immigrants in America!


6 posted on 09/12/2006 9:00:13 AM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: stainlessbanner

I used to live in a big city and now I live in a tiny town. The culture shock was big and scary, but now you'd have to drag me back kicking and screaming! :)

My vote for the best city in the US is..... TinyTownUSA!


7 posted on 09/12/2006 9:00:45 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Muslims - The "flesh eating bacteria" version of humans.)
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To: stainlessbanner

Not surprised to see N Carolina listed as number 4. Every time I drive through there, it seems more crowded than the last. Sometimes it seems as if half the State of Florida has relocated there.

I haven't seen every state, but my belief is that all have true beauty. Even New Jersey.


8 posted on 09/12/2006 9:01:30 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: stainlessbanner

If yer gonna go fer Florida, then Sanibel/ft myers is nice as is St Augustine. I have a friend who loves Fernandina Beach. Gulf Shores is great, but a hurricane magnet. I wouldn't want to live in Miami if I could double my income.


9 posted on 09/12/2006 9:01:45 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: MarineBrat

I'm in a "tiny town" as well and can't imagine living anywhere else. When I need a fix, Chicago's the ticket.


10 posted on 09/12/2006 9:02:02 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: RexBeach

Don't forget bird poop and lakes you would never want to fall in.


11 posted on 09/12/2006 9:03:38 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: RexBeach
Orlando Driver Shot After I-4 Honk
12 posted on 09/12/2006 9:04:36 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

Orlando scored so high because four out of five Democrats say they are happy living in Disneyworld...


13 posted on 09/12/2006 9:04:39 AM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: stainlessbanner

Wow. I live 10 minutes from downtown Orlando..and can say there are some positive reasons for living here- but I would never think of it as one of the TOP places to live in the US.


14 posted on 09/12/2006 9:05:22 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-prayers for the kidnapped Israeli Soldiers)
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To: stuartcr

And all of those terrific chain restaurants!!! Yum!


15 posted on 09/12/2006 9:05:37 AM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: inkling

"I'll stick with Arizona."

Ditto!


16 posted on 09/12/2006 9:06:52 AM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: Sam Cree

"Sometimes it seems as if half the State of Florida has relocated there."

The last two resales in my neighborhood were to Floridians. The one before that, Californian. This is over the past two years. Before that, it had been years since anyone had put their house on the market.


17 posted on 09/12/2006 9:07:09 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: stainlessbanner

Nothing like honking and shooting!

Have they found the SOB who shot that man?

Sometimes I think that the "Weekly World News" gets all of its stories from Florida. And I do mean "stories."


18 posted on 09/12/2006 9:10:58 AM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: stainlessbanner

As a native North Carolinian, I can appreciate why people want to move here. We have beautiful mountains, lovely seashores, scenic parkways, good highways, and some pretty decent big cities.

Can't imagine living anywhere else (although Penn. Dutch Pennsylvania was mighty beautiful).


19 posted on 09/12/2006 9:11:37 AM PDT by HanneyBean
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To: Magic Fingers; inkling

""I'll stick with Arizona."

Ditto!"

Me three!!!!


20 posted on 09/12/2006 9:11:38 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: italianquaker

They actually had to go more than a 20 mile radius from Manhattan to get THIS one.


21 posted on 09/12/2006 9:11:55 AM PDT by digger48
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To: SE Mom
Winter Park is OK if you can afford it. Seminole County is by far rated higher among the residents here. Most left Orlando to live here. Orange County has a $24 million dollar surplus in property taxes but ol' gay rights Patty Sheehan won't budge on lowering them. Just plans to spend more. Hum... where have we heard this strategy before?
22 posted on 09/12/2006 9:12:24 AM PDT by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: from occupied ga

I've lived in Miami for 30 years and love the place. There are definitely things about it that take getting used to though, such as the large Latin and Island populations. And it's true enough that only certain parts of it are really attractive.

Also, it is a large metropolis, which isn't for everyone, but OTOH, it is hemmed in narrowly on both east and west by the Gulf Stream and the Everglades, so you can get out of town and into "the country" very quick.

Miami is almost tropical as well, which is unique in the continental US.


23 posted on 09/12/2006 9:13:56 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: stainlessbanner

Oregon is a horrible place to retire to or live so get the word out no one likes Oregon.

There is not one good thing about this state so please save yourselves grief and do not come here.

(ya think that will work?)


24 posted on 09/12/2006 9:14:03 AM PDT by Global2010 (My Pumpkin Honey Smoked Salmon is yummy. Pray the Rosary)
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To: poobear

I live in Seminole County and have John Mica for Representative...terrific guy.

Parts of Winter Park and Maitland are lovely..and as you say- pricey.


25 posted on 09/12/2006 9:15:04 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-prayers for the kidnapped Israeli Soldiers)
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To: Sam Cree
I love the Pine Barrens!
26 posted on 09/12/2006 9:15:34 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (12th district Freeper.)
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To: sarasota; MarineBrat

I with you two.


27 posted on 09/12/2006 9:16:43 AM PDT by Global2010 (My Pumpkin Honey Smoked Salmon is yummy. Pray the Rosary)
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To: italianquaker
I'm no expert, but I've got a background in basic statistics from engineering school. I believe the sample size varies depending on how many prospective choices there are in a poll. A president's approval rating usually falls into five categories (excellent, good, fair, poor, dismal), so a firm like Harris has to poll a sufficient number of people to get a statistically valid distribution across all five.

In a survey about the best state in which to live, there are 50 possible answers -- so the sample size would have to be much larger to get a similar distribution across all answers.

28 posted on 09/12/2006 9:18:35 AM PDT by Alberta's Child (Can money pay for all the days I lived awake but half asleep?)
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To: SE Mom

Tom Feeney is mine ;D!


29 posted on 09/12/2006 9:19:01 AM PDT by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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To: poobear

A few months of a/c is well worth the 8 months of paradise. I wouldn't live anywhere else but FL.

I have land waiting in C. FL for retirement, paid cash, it's doubled in value already in a year.

You guys enjoy the snow ay?


30 posted on 09/12/2006 9:25:09 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Pedal more.)
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To: RexBeach
Orlando has some of the finest illegal immigrants in America!

I suspect the large majority of people you assume to be illegal immigrants are actually Puerto Ricans—U.S. citizens. They've migrated to Orange and Osceola Counties in big numbers.
31 posted on 09/12/2006 9:27:35 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: stainlessbanner

The people that I know who live in New York City cannot imagine that any place is better.

However, the few that I know who have moved out of New York City wonder what they were thinking and cannot imagine moving back to NYC.


32 posted on 09/12/2006 9:29:35 AM PDT by kidd
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To: stainlessbanner

There is nothing in Florida but alligators, snakes, mosquitoes and Democrats. Please do not come down here!

33 posted on 09/12/2006 9:42:01 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Rabid ethnicist.)
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To: Sam Cree
I've lived in Miami for 30 years and love the place

I guess it's what you're used to. I've visited a few times and it just didn't appeal (but then neither did Orlando). I lived in NYC for a couple of years way back when dinosaurs (like Nixon) ruled the earth and it was by far and away the worst place I ever lived. I didn't like anything about it from the self absorbed attitudes of New Yorkers to the constant smell of bus exhaust, burning garbage, and dog squeeze. Not to mention that you had to bribe everyone to do their job. The super would fix anything without a bribe, etc.

34 posted on 09/12/2006 9:51:46 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government)
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To: HostileTerritory

Nope. I wasn't thinking of them!


35 posted on 09/12/2006 10:00:58 AM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: from occupied ga

I grew up in a rural area of VA and thought I'd never like the big city. Finally I got used to it, though.

Given a choice, I'd live in a rural area again, but with a city within reach. It helped in Miami that I could get out on the ocean or into the back country.

I visit Manhattan at times and enjoy it. But I think the people there have become more friendly than they were in the 70's.


36 posted on 09/12/2006 10:11:18 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: 4yearlurker

Western NJ is beautiful too. I recently drove from Trenton to Scranton, PA. Was kind of stunned at how pretty the trip was.


37 posted on 09/12/2006 10:13:38 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: bicyclerepair

Good for you! It's a comfortable 91 today but a mere 76 degrees with 47% humidity in my home office. I can live with that. Beach is 35 miles east. The fishing is wonderful and how about that shuttle launch viewed from my front yard. Life is tough!

I enjoy snow for about a weekend, then I'm too sore to ski and it's time to head home.


38 posted on 09/12/2006 10:47:54 AM PDT by poobear (Political Left, continually accusing their foes of what THEY themselves do every day.)
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