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Retire in Ellenton, Florida?
Overview: Ellenton is a quiet town along the Manatee River on Florida's mid-Gulf Coast. It is across the river from Bradenton and been growing, increasing its size by 27% within the last decade or two.
Ellenton is primarily residential but still has a rural quality. Its mix of neighborhoods includes modest manufactured home communities, waterfront sections with Old Florida cracker-style homes and new areas with large Mediterranean-style homes. It also has a couple of 55+ communities, including North River Estates, a mellow, pet friendly development with water views. Not a lot happens in Ellenton, and that seems to be just fine with the locals. Visitors do wander into town to shop at the Ellenton Premium Outlets, the largest outlet mall in west Florida. The Gamble Plantation Historic Site is also here. It was once a sugar plantation and today is the only surviving plantation house in southern Florida.
Most restaurants are reasonably priced and include Anna Maria Oyster Bar and Woody's River Roo, both very good. Chain restaurants are in the Mall. The beaches of Sarasota, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key are a short drive away.
Population: 3,400 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 54%
Cost of Living: 7% above the national average
Median Home Price: $235,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Manatee Memorial Hospital is three miles away in Bradenton and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Manatee Memorial Hospital is three miles away in Bradenton and is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Ellenton is racially diverse and seems to be a nice little place. The western edge of town abuts Palmetto, which has a very high crime rate. Still, Ellenton is a safe town.
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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