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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Clermont, Florida?

Overview:   Clermont is a comfortable residential community about 20 miles west of Orlando in central Florida. It is snuggled in slightly rolling terrain and around a chain of lakes called the Clermont Chain.

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There are seven lakes in the Chain, the largest ones being Lake Louisa (3,573 acres), Lake Minnehaha (2,411 acres) and Lake Minneola (1,890 acres). All make for great fishing, with catfish, speckled perch and bass particularly abundant. The lakes have small beaches and are also popular with motorboaters. Homes, many with a boat dock, sit along the edges of the lakes. Neighborhoods are neatly laid out, and most are relatively new because Clermont has boomed in the last decade or two. Kings Ridge is a gated 55+ community with single family homes and two golf courses. The downtown is small but well kept with buildings from the mid-20th century. There are ice cream shops, restaurants and a nice waterfront park with benches and a pier.

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Every first Friday food trucks and music take over downtown's Montrose Street. The Farmers' Market and Merchant Faire runs every Sunday. April's Sidewalk Chalk Festival brings out local artists, and November's art show features ceramic creations, photographs, sculptures and more. Clermont Landing is a mall with about 20 national retailers. More in-depth shopping occurs in Orlando.

Population:  33,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  50%

Cost of Living:  6% above the national average

Median Home Price: $215,000

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s.   On average, Clermont receives 50 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, but it is a hodgepodge of various programs. There is a paratransit program that takes people to medical appointments, shopping and more as needed.

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Conservative

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:   None

Notes:   Lake Sumpter Lake College has a campus here. Several Olympic athletes live and train in Clermont. The city is racially diverse. People seem to like this town.

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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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