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Surrounded by Water and Wilderness, DeBary, Florida is Leafy and Lush with a Gorgeous Seashore Nearby
Twenty-six miles northeast of Orlando in northeastern Florida, DeBary is bordered by Lake Monroe, the St. John's River, Seminole State Forest and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park. It is named after Frederick DeBary, a prosperous wine merchant who settled here in 1871.
The city is leafy and lush, sprinkled with thousands of live oaks, cypress trees and southern magnolias, and it is an official bird sanctuary. There are modest neighborhoods with older, concrete block ranch ramblers, as well as master-planned developments with beautiful Mediterraneans and recently planted palm trees. King's Lake is a tropical, low maintenance 55+ community with homes around a lake. One of DeBary's highlights is its extensive parks system, which is anchored by 110-acre River City Nature Park. Yearly festivals include the Autumn Harvest Festival and the Father and Daughter Dance.
The Gateway Center for the Arts has a farmers' market, dance performances, theater productions and art workshops. Shopping is limited and generally takes place in neighboring Sanford or Orange City. Gemini Springs is a nice natural springs park outside of town. Canaveral National Seashore is just 30 miles away.
Population: 23,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 50%
Cost of Living: 2% below the national average
Homes for Sale Median Price: $400,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical, meaning two seasons a year. Summers and early fall are hot and humid, while late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City is five miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital is Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City is five miles away and is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Votran, but it is limited. SunRail, a commuter rail system, travels south into Orlando.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Nearly split down the middle
College Educated: 27%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Parts of DeBary are prone to flooding during hurricanes, and the city suffered some flooding and wind damage during Hurricane Ian in 2022.
Notes: Lake Monroe is primarily a fishing lake. DeBary has a reputation as a well-managed place and has grown 10% during the last decade. Home prices have increased 2% 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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