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Retire in Longwood, Florida?
Overview: Longwood is situated in east central Florida, just 15 miles from downtown Orlando. It is primarily a bedroom community, leafy, pleasant and suburban.
The town got its start in the 1870s when two northerners came to homestead the land. The railroad soon followed, and after WWII, military families moved to Longwood and commuted to nearby military installations in Orlando and Brevard County. Today, the town is manicured and family-oriented, even though the median age of residents is slightly above the national median. It has good schools, plenty of parks and lots of activities for kids. The downtown has some cute shops and beautifully restored historic homes. Dining options, including both locally owned and chain restaurants, range from Lebanese to sushi. The community center has classes and houses the senior center. Orlando's endless amenities are just 20 minutes away.
Neighborhoods are well kept, and most homes are ranch ramblers.
Population: 14,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 37%
Cost of Living: 9% above the national average
Median Home Price: $220,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summers and early fall are hot and humid, and late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. On average, Longwood receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: A SunRail (train) station is being built and will carry passengers into Orlando.
Crime Rate: Slightly above the national average
Public Library Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 115% greater than the national average. Longwood has lost 1% of its population in the last decade.
Notes: Some residents say Longwood has a strong sense of community, while others comment that it has no identity and is just an extension of Orlando. Traffic is often congested.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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