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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Papillion, Nebraska
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Having lived in the Tampa area (I still have family and friends there) and in the mid-west I would say that the cost of living in Tampa is probably lower then the Chicago area, and a tad higher then Des Moines.
Also the housing market took a pretty good beating in the Tampa Bay area, so there are some, IMHO, pretty sweet deals on property.
Like all metro areas it has its crime infested areas, and those that are pretty law abiding.
Compared to Nebraska my property taxes were much lower on a more expensive house, however much of that was eaten up by the increased payments to the insurance companies (dang hurricanes). Something else to consider is they don't have a state income tax.
2006 Ford F250 CC Lariat, SB FX4, 6.0L PSD, 5R110
2006 Mercury Mountaineer Premium 4.6L 3V AWD
1989 Ford Mustang LX Hatch. 5.0 (on a stand), AOD (T5 swap in the future).