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Green Cove Springs, Florida
Green Cove Springs is a Soothing Riverfront Town with Shaded Neighborhoods, Red Brick Streets and a Pool Fed by Spring Waters
Soothing Green Cove Springs sits along a bend in the St. Johns River, an "American Heritage River," about 35 miles south of Jacksonville in rural northeastern Florida. Dating from the mid-1800s, it got its name from its always-green trees, quiet cove created by the river bend and nearby natural healing springs, once thought to be the original Fountain of Youth.
In the early days, tourists came from around the region to partake in the springs' healing waters and stayed in grand hotels rivaling those found in New York and Chicago. Some smaller hotels still stand today, and the sulfur-scented spring waters now flow into the popular public swimming pool before making their way to the river. Surrounding the pool is a lovely waterfront park with a bridge. The downtown has palm trees, red brick streets, shops, eateries and a theater. Neighborhoods are primarily dotted with ranch ramblers shaded by oak trees, palm trees and pine trees. Several attractive gated communities are here, too.
Population: 10,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 44%
Cost of Living: 11% below the national average
Median Home Price: $340,000
Climate: This area has a hot, humid 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: Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission: Yes
Public Transit: The county offers a shuttle service and a door to door service.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes, and people love it.
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 29%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Green Cove Springs has grown 8% during the last decade. Home prices have increased 7% 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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