Originally Posted by edinatlanta
Here's my response to those points.
Having been born and raised in Atlanta, other than some time in NYC and Australia, the "problems" of Atlanta are normal to me and I really don't mind them. I love the heat and humidity. When it was 110 in July I went for a run. Was so happy. I'm usually in bed by 9 if not asleep at 930 most nights so I practically am old. As to CoL, I have a feeling no state income tax might help things a tad.
Dude, speaking as someone who has lived both places, I can tell you that Atlanta humidity =/= Florida humidity. It gets considerably hotter in Atlanta, yes, but Florida humidity is in a class all its own, especially down there next to the Everglades. The extreme heat we get here is also a dry heat - when it gets hot here the air dries out - so comparing that to Florida's humidity isn't really a good comparison. To put it into perspective, both times I've moved to Georgia from Florida, I've marveled at how much less humid it is in Georgia. Even after spending most of the last decade adapting to the drier Georgia climate, I still chuckle when people talk about how humid it is here.
Also, I wasn't so much talking about humidity when I mentioned the weather down there. When I talk about the weather, I'm more talking about the fact that it's hot 9-10 months a year, and the "seasons" amount to: hot, hot with daily rain, hot, and mostly pleasant. Don't get me wrong - I actually often miss the thick-air humidity, but I don't miss what basically amounted to homogeneous weather year-round.
WRT CoL, the state income tax difference isn't as substantial as you might think. You'll take home a bit more in each paycheck, but it's not enormous, and it's mostly absorbed elsewhere (Florida property taxes, for example, are outlandish there relative to Georgia). I remember thinking we'd lose a fair bit of income to the income tax when we moved up, but it really isn't significant.