I've got three states to choose between.

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    Having lived in both, my preference is Texas. Couldn't tell you why, except maybe the people were nicer in Texas. And Texans knew how to treat a lady. I plan on returning there once I retire. I grew up in Autin and the area was beautiful. Cost of living was low and everyone was reall nice to me, no matter that I moved there from the north. Florida on the other hand treated me as if "oh no, another snow bird" other than that it was okay.

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    Ok, as far as CCW both Texas and Florida is about the same. You can carry in Florida restaurants but not bars. So let me hear from those of you that live here.

    Where is the renting,buying market,insurance and taxes lowest?

    It have been mentioned that FL beaches are better then the TX..What else?
    How about roads,speed limits and alcohol limits? And no California roll right?

    Any other tips? Your expertise seem unlimited and is really helpful!

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    California doesn't honor any out of state license.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniella View Post
    Where is the renting,buying market,insurance and taxes lowest?

    It have been mentioned that FL beaches are better then the TX..What else?
    How about roads,speed limits and alcohol limits? And no California roll right?
    As compared to California, most of these things are going to shock you about Texas. A buddy of mine in CA was looking to buy a 1300 sq ft condo for 400K when that could get you a VERY nice 4000 sq ft house with granite/pool/hardwoods, etc... The closer you get to the cities, the more it will cost you, but all will be cheap cheap in comparison to what you are used to.

    TX doesn't have state income tax, but property taxes are higher. So if you are renting, no big deal, but if you are buying you might be surprised. I think we come out ahead though on no state tax.

    For traffic you might want to stay away from Houston and probably Austin. Dallas isn't too bad, the system seems to be better here than either of those. If you are looking suburbs then you shouldn't have a problem in any of the cities then. Definitely bring your car though, because public transportation is weak at best.

    I'm not sure what you mean by alcohol limits, but we have drive through places to buy alcohol in some communities. Legal limit is .08 before you get in trouble...however legal limit for carrying is .00 - not accepted.

    Unless you are on the gulf coast, I think insurance is pretty reasonable. I don't have much of a comparison though. I was an insurance agent for a bit and people that were from out of state seemed pleased with the rates I quoted.

    People are friendly here. If someone opens the door for you, they probably aren't casing you...they are probably just being nice. If someone asks you how you are doing today, don't give them a funny look, tell them and then ask them how they are doing. Apparently, the friendliness here shocks some people as if there is an alternative motive.

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    Texas seems to have institutionalized Darwinism.
    1) Motorcycle helmets optional for us adults.
    2) When you walk into most gas stations you have to walk around a humongous ice chest full of beer to get to the register.
    3) Fireworks are legal in a lot of areas. (mortars etc! stuff that really goes boom!)
    They really seem to give you maximum opportunity to weed yourself out of the gene pool if you are so inclined.
    Also if you have a valid CHL handgun purchases are cash and carry.
    The down side is first year property taxes are kind of high, but after living here twelve months you file for a "homestead exemption" and that reduces them.
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    I'd pick Florida...only because I'm a sucker for seafood. Both TX and FL have some of the best gun laws in the country. They're both rather hot but at least FL has the gulf breeze not to mention dog racing.
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    Yeah..seefood is nice..who has the best access to CA wine? Seafood and Sushi? Anyone know if BevMo os opening in FL or TX soon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcp1810 View Post
    Texas seems to have institutionalized Darwinism.
    1) Motorcycle helmets optional for us adults.
    2) When you walk into most gas stations you have to walk around a humongous ice chest full of beer to get to the register.
    3) Fireworks are legal in a lot of areas. (mortars etc! stuff that really goes boom!)
    They really seem to give you maximum opportunity to weed yourself out of the gene pool if you are so inclined.
    Also if you have a valid CHL handgun purchases are cash and carry.
    The down side is first year property taxes are kind of high, but after living here twelve months you file for a "homestead exemption" and that reduces them.
    The more I read, the closer they are... In Florida:

    1) Same, no helmet law.
    2) Same, beer at convenience stores and gas stations.
    3) Some, but not as much. Of course, South Cackalackee ain't far... :)

    CCW holders are cash and carry (though I had to wait five days last time, my FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER CREDENTIALS weren't good enough )

    There are great deals on houses right now. I'm buying one just because I can... Property taxes aren't great, but they're not the worst in the country either.

    As has been said, no state income tax.

    Far fewer cowboy hats and dinner plate belt buckles...unless you go to most of central Florida and/or the Panhandle!
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    Amusement parks, hospitals and churches must now be posted with 30.06 signs in Texas, to disallow carrying. As for schools, if you have a CHL, you are not allowed to enter any school buildings, but you can carry on the property. It makes it easier for parents dropping off and picking up their kids. You are not allowed to carry at any school sponsored sporting event, as well as college or professional sporting events. You can also carry in your vehicle without a CHL.

    BTW Texas has dog and horse racing. I don't know where you might be looking in Texas, but Sugar Land (suburb of Houston) is in the top ten places to live in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
    Either state is great, and BTW, neither has a state income tax.

    Comes down to which geography you prefer......and whether you can tolerate Texans!

    What do you mean "tolerate Texans?" There are only two kinds of people in the entire world --- Texans and wannabes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this, but California does not honor any other states' permits.

    Or am I mistaken?
    According to all the sites I have been able to find you are absolutely correct. Actually I am not sure they honor their own permits.
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    Retired to Florida in 2000...very likely to stay for the duration!
    Reasonable gun laws, lack of 'posted places', fewer off-limit carry zones, a Castle Doctrine, considerable reciprocity with other states, a general LEO positive attitude towards CCW'ers (appears to be so...), no state income tax, less pollution, lots of sun and lack of snow, year-round Harley riding...
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    If you ever choose to vote, I would go with Texas...I think something in their water makes it difficult to check boxes or push buttons...
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    LA CCW Off-limits

    Off-limits in Louisiana:

    No concealed handgun may be carried into and no concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to this Section shall authorize or entitle a permittee to carry a concealed handgun in any of the following:

    (1) A law enforcement office, station, or building.

    (2) A detention facility, prison, or jail.

    (3) A courthouse or courtroom, provided that a judge may carry such a weapon in his own courtroom.

    (4) A polling place.

    (5) A meeting place of the governing authority of a political subdivision.

    (6) The state capitol building.

    (7) Any portion of an airport facility where the carrying of firearms is prohibited under federal law, except that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, if the firearm is encased for shipment, for the purpose of checking such firearm as lawful baggage.

    (8) Any church, synagogue, mosque, or other similar place of worship.

    (9) A parade or demonstration for which a permit is issued by a governmental entity.

    (10) Any portion of the permitted area of an establishment that has been granted a Class A-General retail permit, as defined in Part II of Chapter 1 or Part II of Chapter 2 of Title 26 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises.

    (11) Any school "firearm-free zone" as defined in R.S. 14:95.6.

    A Class A-General retail permit would be a bar where the primary purpose is to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on site.

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    I know it's not on your list but, the Gulf Coast of MS is a nice place. Katrina cleared alot of land And there is alot of construction going on.
    We have some of the best gun laws around. There are about 7-8 casino's , Awsome golf courses, You would be an hour- hour and a half away from N.O. to visit, and much of the panhandle of FL. It may be what your looking for.
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