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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Jupiter, Florida?

Overview:   Known for its beautiful beaches and blue-green waters, Jupiter is located on Florida's southeastern coast. Downtown Miami is about 90 miles away, and Jupiter is considered one of its northern exurbs.

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While Miami is dynamic and chaotic, Jupiter is sedate and quaint with a country club vibe. Palm trees sway, and pastel colored buildings glisten in the sun. The city is a golfing hub, home to at least 15 courses and a number of golf professionals (Tiger Woods lives on Jupiter Island, a barrier island and wealthy enclave just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Jupiter). The city's peaceful Riverwalk meanders along the waterfront, as well as through residential areas and entertainment sections of town. Restaurants range from top notch seafood and steak places to neighborhood bistros, and a Fresh Market has organic produce and meats. Shopping venues are plentiful. The water off of Ocean Boulevard usually is busy with fishermen, kite surfers, sailors and more. The Palm Beach International Raceway and the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary are also here.

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Beautiful gated communities and waterfront homes are common, but modest condominiums are here, too. The Inlet Village, where Jupiter began, has not only restaurants and shops but also older, traditional Florida homes. Jupiter Bay is a condominium community with a walkway to the beach.

Population: 64,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 45%

Cost of Living:   24% above the national average

Median Home Price: $310,000

Climate:    Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms.  Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission?   Yes

Public Transit:   Yes

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:  Yes

Political Leanings:  Liberal

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:   None

Notes:   Jupiter has grown by 30% within the last decade. It has been called one of the happiest places in the country. Jupiter Medical Center has been ranked in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for medical excellence (CareChex by Comparion).

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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