I'm sorry. I'm still chuckling over the idea that its more violent here. That's sure stereotyping! I've lived in Florida for 13 years and my children haven't been warped too badly... yet.
In any case, I've worked with some excellent Canadian nurses and would welcome you. Conditions in my hospital are just as bad/good as they seem to be across the nation. I live in the center of the state: the pay is lower but so is the cost of living so that's something to consider when you choose locations. Many hospitals here are offering sign on bonuses and travel expenses so I'd recommend shopping for a position. Where I work its $10,000. for RNs for a 3 year contract paid in 3 installments.
Word of advice: starting out in nursing is stressful enough. Get some basic experience where you are before you think of moving. This is not financial utopia so don't come here thinking it'll be all sunshine and roses. Come with eyes wide open and take the posts of those who are disillusioned seriously: we all started out bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at one time. If things were great we wouldn't need to come to this BB to complain. Take your time in deciding but know that you'll be welcome if and when you decide to make the move.
I am glad to hear about how violent my environment is, though. I guess I'll have to start locking my doors at night now