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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Tavares, Florida?

Overview:   Located in north central Florida, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando, mellow, semi-rural Tavares bills itself as "America's Seaplane City." It borders four large lakes and has several smaller ones within town limits.

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Water events and activities abound and include cypress swamp eco-cruises, a bass tournament, a race boat regatta, an antique boat show, a dragon boat show, Jet Ski races and many others. Seaplane fly-ins attract pilots from around the region and feature contests for "shortest take off," "best spot landing" and more. The 40-slip Seaplane Base and Marina is in the simple but renovated downtown and is owned by the city. Wooten Park, along Lake Dora, has a boat dock, a popular water park and huge live oaks with dripping moss. Wooten is also the site of the Friday morning farmers' market. Residents enjoy a sushi restaurant, a pizzeria, a Cajun place and a bar or two. Shopping venues are limited.

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Most neighborhoods are modest with older, concrete block ranch ramblers, but there are also new subdivisions with modern home designs. Many residences, new and old, are located on a lake or in a lakeside community with water access. Royal Harbor is a 55+ waterfront community with single family homes.

Population: 15,500 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  60%

Cost of Living:   3% below the national average

Median Home Price: $155,000   

Climate:    Tavares has a humid subtropical climate with 48 inches of rainfall each year.  Summers temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winters are mild with temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s. 

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    Yes

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 tornado risk is 125% higher than the national average.

Notes:    Tavares is racially diverse and has doubled in size during the last decade or two.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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