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Retire in Apollo Beach, Florida?
Overview: Quiet, canal-laced Apollo Beach is on Florida's southwestern coast, about 20 miles south of Tampa. It is across the bay from St. Petersburg, south of Hillsborough Bay and has more than doubled in size within the last 10 to 20 years.
Primarily residential, Apollo Beach has numerous named and gated subdivisions. One of these, Southshore Falls, is a tropical 55+ community with single family homes and attached homes. Older neighborhoods mingle with new ones, and many residences back to a canal and have a boat dock. In-town parks include Covington Oak Park, Apollo Beach Park and the Wolf Branch Nature Preserve, which has acres of shoreline, coastal wetlands, and picnic areas. The Sydney Dover Trails have a boat ramp and paths for hiking or horseback riding. Residents enjoy two marinas with wet and dry storage and sailing lessons provided by the Tampa Sailing Squadron. Good seafood restaurants, many next to the water, are plentiful.
The town rests in the shadow of the Big Bend Power Station, but residents have benefited from its proximity. TECO, the owners of the station, built a community events center that hosts the town's annual Manatee Festival of the Arts. The company also maintains a Manatee Viewing Center. The warm waters around the station are a boon to winter fishing.
Population: 16,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 45%
Cost of Living: 7% above the national average
Median Home Price: $240,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The area, on average, receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but South Bay Hospital, four miles away in Sun City Center, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but South Bay Hospital, four miles away in Sun City Center, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Gohart
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 125% greater than the national average.
Notes: Apollo Beach is a quiet community and has 55 miles of canals.
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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