Skip to comments.Florida, Orlando among top places to live
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.
Harris surveyed 3,685 but for Bushs approval ratings they poll hundreds. Makes you go hmmmmmm, zogby special sauce?
Orlando also has some of the finest traffic jams and ugliest buildings in America!
Did they poll any legal immigrants?
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.
Orlando has some of the finest illegal immigrants in America!
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!
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.
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.
I'm in a "tiny town" as well and can't imagine living anywhere else. When I need a fix, Chicago's the ticket.
Don't forget bird poop and lakes you would never want to fall in.
Orlando scored so high because four out of five Democrats say they are happy living in Disneyworld...
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.
And all of those terrific chain restaurants!!! Yum!
"I'll stick with Arizona."
"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.
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."
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).
""I'll stick with Arizona."
They actually had to go more than a 20 mile radius from Manhattan to get THIS one.
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.
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?)
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.
I with you two.
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.
Tom Feeney is mine ;D!
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?
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.
There is nothing in Florida but alligators, snakes, mosquitoes and Democrats. Please do not come down here!
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.
Nope. I wasn't thinking of them!
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.
Western NJ is beautiful too. I recently drove from Trenton to Scranton, PA. Was kind of stunned at how pretty the trip was.
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.