Originally Answered: Where should we move to around Orlando/Kissimmee area?
Well, comparatively, Florida in general, and that area is rather affordable, but that's because of the relatively low rate of pay.
Florida is a 'right to work' state, meaning you have no work rights. You can be fired for any or no reason, kept at low pay for any or no reason. We have a large pool of cheap labor. I work for a NY company. Our fulfillment center is in FLA due to tax and labor laws that make it vary advantageous to operate out of Florida. My pay is a pittance compared to NY wages (16 bucks an hour) but I make more than a Florida EMT. So that guy who pulls you from your car and stabilizes you on the way to the ER makes less than me, a shipping clerk. And it is ONLY the fact that our boss is a New Yorker that makes this possible. He started us a NY paperboy wages, which much higher than Florida's 7-something an hour minimum wage.
Florida public schools are some of the WORST.
And the weather SUCKS. Ever been to Florida in the summer? 80-90+ degrees, 60%+ humidity, and it lasts 9 months. You can never open your windows or the humidity causes all your papers to curl up. Throw away all your silk shirts... no good here... they become wet bags during the walk from your door to your car. Get used to seeing cutoff shorts at wedding receptions. Witness all the wood panel houses slowly moldering into the ground for the effects of constant humidity.
Adult entertainment is our #3 industry, after hotels & restaurants and call centers (cheap labor again).
Unless you have a highly-prized professional skillset, I wouldn't do it. I've lived here for more than 30 years, and have been trying to escape ever since. It's a pretty common story... you get here and spend your life trying to get out. Eventually, you get so used to it that when you visit an upscale area you're blown away.
Grass is always greener and everything, but when I finish my ecology degree, I'm out of here for Colorado. Just for the weather. So I can BREATHE again. So I can open the window. So I can wear something other than basketball shorts occasionally without dying. Every summer, at least three kids die from heat exhaustion during football or volleyball practice. The heat gives athletes heart attacks on the basketball courts... 18 year old kids!
Unless you research VERY carefully and find something JUST right, I wouldn't do it. So many have the story of coming here, giving it their best, and then getting trapped because you can't get out... you just never make the money to cross over into Georgia, and when you're too poor to move to Georgia, you got problems.