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Retire in Sebastian, Florida?
Overview: Sleepy Sebastian sits along the Indian River Lagoon on southeastern Florida's Treasure Coast, an area so named because so many Spanish ships lost their treasure along the coast during the early 18th-century.
A quiet, simple place, Sebastian is the site of America's first wildlife refuge, Pelican Island, and it is home to the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway, the most biologically diverse estuary in the country and where wildlife is in abundance. The waterfront is clean, grassy and has a modern fishing pier. Surfing, boating and saltwater fishing for redfish, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are favorite pastimes. Restaurants range from cozy, family run eateries such as the wonderful Red Rooster Cafe to funky biker dives. Stores include Winn Dixie, Publix, Home Depot and Walgreen's. Many residents drive to Vero Beach, 13 miles down the road, for services and shopping at the Indian River Mall.
Neighborhoods have a mix of older construction, newer gated communities and spiffy riverfront developments. Six nearby beaches, three with facilities and three without, are often nearly empty on weekdays. Thick, wild and wet, St. Sebastian River Preserve borders the city to the west and is the place for horseback riding, canoeing, hiking and camping.
Population: 24,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 50%
Cost of Living: 1% below the national average
Median Home Price: $170,000
Climate: Sebastian has a hot, humid climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes, and Sebastian River Medical Center has been named one of America's Top 100 Hospitals.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes, and Sebastian River Medical Center has been named one of America's Top 100 Hospitals.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The area is vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms.
Notes: Sebastian has more than doubled within the last decade or two. This fact does not please some long time locals.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 more golf courses than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Florida, particularly the Keys and the Gulf Coast, were struck by Category 4 Hurricane Irma in early September, 2017. Towns will rebuild, perhaps this time with climate change in mind, making them safer and better equipped to handle major hurricanes going forward.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $47,525
Median home value - $159,900
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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