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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Coral Springs, Florida?

Overview:   Bordered by Everglades National Park, sprawling Coral Springs sits in southeastern Florida, about 20 miles north west of Fort Lauderdale and about 11 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. It started out as a master planned development in the 1960s and has grown steadily since.

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The city wins praise for its quality of life, well managed government and nicely maintained public spaces. It is also known for its architectural aesthetics as building and landscaping codes are strictly enforced. These codes regulate every thing from exterior paint colors and commercial signs to boat storage and roofing materials (McDonald's was not even allowed its iconic golden arches signage). The city has a good parks system, a good school system, and the downtown is in the middle of an extensive redevelopment project. Restaurants of all types are in abundance, and a downtown farmers' market always draws a crowd.

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Residents enjoy two shopping malls, a community theater and the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, which hosts touring Broadway shows. The biggest event of the year is the Coral Springs Festival of the Arts in March. Housing is a good mix of single family homes, town homes and condominiums. Heron Bay is a lovely planned community with a TPC golf course and a variety of home styles.

Population:  130,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 35%

Cost of Living:  25% above the national average. 

Median Home Price: $315,000

Climate:   Summers are hot and humid (temperatures in the 80s and 90s), and winters are mild and not as humid (temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s).  On average, the area receives 70 inches of rain each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes

At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission?   Yes

Public Transit:   Yes

Crime Rate:   Well below the national average

Public Library:   Yes (part of the Broward County system)

Political Leanings:  Very liberal 

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:   This area is prone to hurricanes and Coral Springs can feel storm effects even though it is inland. 

Notes:   Coral Springs is a nice city and has landed on "best places to live" lists.    It is racially diverse.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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Florida:

The world's 11th largest peninsula doesn't just have an east coast and a west coast. It has a First Coast, Surf Coast, Space Coast, Treasure Coast, Gold Coast, Paradise Coast, Lee Island Coast, Cultural Coast, Nature Coast, Big Bend Coast, Emerald Coast, and a Forgotten Coast.

Each of these geographic regions is packed with its own history and attractions. The first place to be colonized by Europeans, the First Coast is rich with tidal marshes. It's the home of Amelia Island and St. Augustine. The venerable Castillo de San Marcos sits here and guards the Matanzas Bay.

Daytona Beach and the Halifax River are the heart of the Surf Coast. Automobile racing helped it develop its reputation. The area code is 386 (FUN). South of the fun is the Space Coast. Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and the Kennedy Space Center are a part of its culture.

Named after the Spanish fleet lost in a 1715 hurricane, the Treasure Coast's principle city is Port St. Lucie. It is a northern neighbor to Miami and the Gold Coast. The affluent Naples and major land reserves characterize the Paradise Coast. The Ringling Estate and Sarasota make the Cultural Coast come alive. Twenty miles of beaches along the Gulf Coast distinguish the Suncoast from the forests and blackwater rivers of the Nature Coast.

Travel up to Florida's Big Bend along its emerald waters. Find the Forgotten Coast. With no major cities, it may be the best place to enjoy the state's white-sand beaches.

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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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