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Retire in Doctor Phillips, Florida?
Overview: Ten miles southwest of Orlando in central Florida, pleasant Doctor Phillips was named after an early, innovative citrus titan, Dr. Phillip Phillips. It is a comfortable, unincorporated town with a good reputation.
Three lakes in the Butler Chain of Lakes are within town limits, and boating and water sports are a way of life for many residents. The city has worked to manage growth and maintain its infrastructure, and residents are happy with Doctor Phillips' quality of life. The school system has an excellent reputation, and the high school football team is a particular point of pride. Three attractive shopping centers, including Dr. Phillips Marketplace, are located on Sand Lake Road, a major east-west thoroughfare. This is also the site of Restaurant Row, where nearly any type of nicer eatery can be found. Disney World is just five miles to the southwest.
Neighborhoods, many of them gated, are lush and well manicured, and orange trees planted by "Doc" Phillips still line some streets. Single family housing stock is comprised mostly of Mediterraneans, some along a lake, and concrete block ranch ramblers. Condos are in good supply, too.
Population: 12,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 28% above the national average
Median Home Price: $335,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 51 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 limited.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The air quality is below the national average.
Notes: The city is racially diverse and has grown by 50% within the last decade.
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 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.
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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