I grew up in Florida and have lived in 6 different states in my adult life. There were good and bad things about each place. Winters in Michigan, the ungodly heat in Texas, the miserable gray skies and rain all winter in the Carolinas...The worst thing about Florida was the tourists driving slowly, pointing at the palm trees, and thinking everybody in the whole state worked for Disney World!
I was not a nurse in Florida, I was a teacher at a private school. The school system in Florida is no worse than in any of the other places I have lived. My daughter went to 5 high schools in 4 states and none of them was any better than the others. She passed the FCAT at 13, HSAP at 14, North Carolina EOC's at 15, and then when we got to Virginia, they made her take all the SOL's for all the classes she had taken in high school and she passed those too and graduated from high school at 16. I am not at all sure she actually learned anything after switching from private school to the public school system. I am sure that the Florida schools were no worse than the others.
There are bad drivers everyplace. I would rather drive in Tampa than Charlotte, NC any day! I was making the same pay as a teacher in NC as I was in FL, the only difference was the amazing amount of hassle I had to put up with in NC! As far as low IQ's go, stupid is not dependent on geography!
Every time I scrape the ice off my windshield or walk the dog in the freezing rain I curse my husband's company for moving us here and think, OMG I want to go HOME!!!