stay because you can't get a good paying job and end up homeless. Homestead is a quagmire which you get stuck in financially and makes it vary hard to leave. I was born and raised in Homestead, it used to be a great town, with awesome people, everyone knew everybody, people looked out for eachother, now....it is the polar opposite, and we can thank the miami morons for coming down and polluting homestead (both figuratively and literally)Now don't get me wrong, there are plenty to see and do here for families and the like, but what really sucks is the people. You can be out on a date with someone, and for no reason, somone will say something threating like "What you looking at..." or someone wanna be gansta stuff...it is all over Homestead. Every single idiot you see things he is the character Scarface "...say hello to my little friend!". Crime in homestead due to this neaderthal mentallity is probably on par with the likes of chicago, new york, and other cities 5 times the size. Check out the website city -data, put in homestead and compare the crime rates to your town, and that alone will tell you to stay away. I've had tourist run up to me at gas stations and go..."Oh....thank God....I found someone normal...." and then they will lean in to me and say "..what the hell is wrong with these people in homestead". Yes homestead is so bad, tourist fear for their lives stopping for gas because the minute anyone one non-hispanic's gets out of their cars the "local wildlife" make sure to make them feel uninvited.Now about the job market down here, you CAN find a job in homestead, but can you keep a job in homestead is a whole other question. If you are an excellent worker, show up on time, don't give attitude, and treat other people with respect...well than...you're FIRED. No , literally. Homesteadians hate good people who want to make companies grow, don't want to steal from their employers, and help their communities. If you do anything poisitve they WILL try to force you out. Just look at our forcibly jettisoned mayor for corruption a few years ago. Homestead is rife with thugs, pat on the back good ol' boys, and cavemen types who like to control things through "numbers" and force. Homestead does have pluses, are schools are way better than they used to be at least currently, we have a ton of new charter schools too, plenty of churches of every denomination except a mosque, and plenty of stores, restraunts, outdoor activites...etc .etc etc....but it does come back to the small things that make Homestead unbearable. Also the rent hear is insane, I have people I work with who pay 1500 a month for a run down townhouse, with roaches crawling on the walls, in a high crime area, that is barely illuminated at night (which the thieving thug neighbors love, make their job so much easier). If you buy a house, which is lunacy, your price you pay will be inflated and not represent the actual value, so in a few years if you decide to sell, you will definitely lose money. I've seen it over and over again, do NOT buy a house in homestead. "Oh but it's cheaper than miami....blah blah"... NO...do NOT buy a house in homestead. Not one person has been happy with outcome that I know.Long story short if you love Miami, stay in miami, homestead is not "little miami" ....it is "little fallujah" and feels like such. Take time do your own statistical research and see if I am lying. Homestead is one of the most dangerous, unlivable, detestable cities in the nation, not just in FL. It used to be the gatway to paradise (entrance to the FL keys), now adays it feels like the 9th level of hell. Oh yeah and it hot and humid as hell in homestead, almost always 80+ huidity and temps rangin normally from 80-90 degrees with "feel like" temp in the 100-110 range....yeah, 9th level of hell seems accurate allright.