I'm actually "upsizing" from where I am now, because I'm sharing a house with someone. But I'm leaving South Florida to get back to a less expensive place to live. Not leaving the state, but it's such a big state, moving from one end of the state to another is like leaving the state. Honestly, North FL is nothing like South FL.
I don't have a house anymore, so no worry about taxes. I just need to be somewhere that the rent is cheaper and utilities are low. The city I'm moving to has a great community garden program (the city plots are free) and wonderful farmer's market that is very cheap. They have a utility co-op with very low rates. Wonderful public transportation system (bus) and bike lanes all over town. Since I don't own a car anymore, that's very important.
Not near a beach like down here, but I never go to the beach anyway, and they have awesome biking/hiking trails and two great nature preserves in the area. Lots of free entertainment in the summer, and cheap seats at the local stage theater.
I am stuck here for longer than I want to be, but I'm going to be back there by February for sure.
Heading to Healthy One Day at a Time!