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Retire in Bayonet Point, Florida?
Overview: Quiet Bayonet Point is in west central Florida, about 45 minutes north of Tampa. Unincorporated and residential, no one seems to know how it got its name.
This is a rural area, dotted with primitive wetlands and woodlands. Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, a 320 foot deep salt marsh, sits directly to the west of Bayonet Point, creating a buffer between the town and the Gulf of Mexico. Dolphins, gray foxes, tortoises and many bird species inhabit the park, but there are no beaches or swimming areas. Hiking trails and fishing spots attract visitors, but boats can only reach the park from the Gulf. Some homes back directly to the Park, but most dwellings are in modest neighborhoods that are neatly laid out on a grid. Many areas are deed-restricted (with an HOA), and most residences have a wood frame or are made from concrete blocks.
There is a golf club and at least one shopping center, but the majority of services, restaurants and shopping areas are located in Hudson, about four miles to the north.
Population: 27,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 62%
Cost of Living: 12% below the national average
Median Home Price: $100,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, although it is a Level II Trauma Center and accredited in stroke care and cancer care. An accredited hospital is five miles away in Port Richey.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility, and the poverty rate is slightly above the national average.
Notes: Bayonet Point is not a fancy place but has grown by 10% in the last decade. The closest beach is Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park, also called Hudson Beach, about four miles northwest of town.
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 golf courses, more 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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