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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Trinity, Florida?

Overview:  Trinity is a comfortable, fast-growing census-designated place (master planned development, really) named after the local Christian college, Trinity College of Florida. It is in a rural part of Florida, about 25 miles northwest of Tampa and 15 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Trinity is almost entirely comprised of named neighborhoods and gated communities. Heritage Springs is a large 55+ community with golf, tennis and more. Open space stands where new subdivisions are planned. Streets meander around small lakes, and there are a lot of cul de sacs. Homes are mostly new and not as cookie-cutter as might be expected, ranging from Mediterranean styles to modern four squares with clean lines. Trinity has no downtown, but residents have three groceries, a Walmart, a Target and more at which to shop. Westfield Citrus Park, a mall with national retailers, is 20 minutes away. Better chain restaurants are the norm. There is one golf course, with another four within a five mile drive. Fire and police services are provided by the county.

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Thick and overgrown, Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is just five miles to the north and has bicycle trails, equestrian paths, fishing lakes, primitive camping sites and wild animals.

Population:  11,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  52%

Cost of Living:  Meets the national average

Median Home Price: $180,000  

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  On average, the area 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:   Yes

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   No

Political Leanings:  Conservative

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   The tornado risk is 97% higher than the national average. 

Notes:   Trinity has a good reputation. 

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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Florida:

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.

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Stats:

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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