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Not Too Far from the Atlantic Ocean, Davie Boasts a "Western" Ambiance, Lots of Horses and a Country Vibe
Davie dates from the early-1900s and was carved out of the Everglades in southeastern Florida. Its eastern edge is about 10 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, and it is known for its horse culture and "Western" ambiance. It also has four universities: Nova Southeastern University, Broward College as well as satellite campuses from the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University.
Parts of Davie still have a country feeling, and 165 miles of walking and riding paths meander throughout the city. Riders and their steeds often are often spotted in parks and along roadways. The Bergeron Rodeo Grounds hosts several pro rodeo events, and the downtown area, which is really just a commercial strip located along a busy street, has Western architecture (a plan is in the works to create a multi-use, walkable, more visually appealing downtown core). Brothers Farmers' Market has fresh produce, jams and popular strawberry milkshakes. Residents also enjoy Concerts on the Corner every other Thursday evening and the annual Orange Blossom Festival.
Most middle income neighborhoods have tropical landscaping, ranch ramblers and Mediterraneans. Lower priced areas possess mobile homes and condos, while expensive sections feature large residences with acreage and horses.
Population: 105,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 31%
Cost of Living: 13% above the national average
Median Home Price: $495,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Memorial Hospital, three miles away in Pembroke Pines, accepts Medicare patients. Eleven more hospitals are within 10 miles.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Memorial Hospital, three miles away in Pembroke Pines, is accredited.
Public Transit: Broward County has a service that takes seniors to nutrition sites.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 38%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: None, although some long time locals complain that Davie is losing some of its country quality.
Notes: Davie has grown 8% during the last decade. Although a combined 65,000 students attend the four schools, most of them commute from outside of Davie. Home prices have increased 11% since a year ago.
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.
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