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Retire in Groveland, Florida?

Overview:   Groveland is a mellow town in rural central Florida, about 30 miles west of Orlando. It is also one of the fastest growing places in the state, having boomed by 400% within the last 10 to 20 years. Most of this, though, has come through annnexation of surrounding land.

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Local leaders only annexed land that borders a lake, making Groveland noncontiguous, with some areas touching water but no other area of town. Older neighborhoods have an undefined, country quality and are peppered with ranch ramblers, weeping willows, pine trees and palm trees. Newer areas have nice subdivisions with well tended lawns. Not a lot happens here, but movie nights and holiday events bring neighbors out several times each year, and the community development committee has plans to refurbish the downtown area to bring in more business. It currenly has some shops, gas stations, fast food eateries, a market and the like, mostly along one street. Lake David Park has two boat docks and a walking path.

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Population:  12,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 35%

Cost of Living: 1% below the national average

Median Home Price: $170,000

Climate:   Groveland 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? No, but South Lake Hospital, just seven miles away in Clermont, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but South Lake Hospital is seven miles away in Clermont and is accredited.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:  Yes

Political Leanings: Conservative

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:   None, although because Groveland is so spread out and there is no public transportation, a car is necessary.

Notes:     Many residents travel to the outskirts of Orlando for shopping and services. Groveland is racially diverse.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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Florida:

The world's 11th largest peninsula doesn't just have an east coast and a west coast. It has a First Coast, Surf Coast, Space Coast, Treasure Coast, Gold Coast, Paradise Coast, Lee Island Coast, Cultural Coast, Nature Coast, Big Bend Coast, Emerald Coast, and a Forgotten Coast.

Each of these geographic regions is packed with its own history and attractions. The first place to be colonized by Europeans, the First Coast is rich with tidal marshes. It's the home of Amelia Island and St. Augustine. The venerable Castillo de San Marcos sits here and guards the Matanzas Bay.

Daytona Beach and the Halifax River are the heart of the Surf Coast. Automobile racing helped it develop its reputation. The area code is 386 (FUN). South of the fun is the Space Coast. Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and the Kennedy Space Center are a part of its culture.

Named after the Spanish fleet lost in a 1715 hurricane, the Treasure Coast's principle city is Port St. Lucie. It is a northern neighbor to Miami and the Gold Coast. The affluent Naples and major land reserves characterize the Paradise Coast. The Ringling Estate and Sarasota make the Cultural Coast come alive. Twenty miles of beaches along the Gulf Coast distinguish the Suncoast from the forests and blackwater rivers of the Nature Coast.

Travel up to Florida's Big Bend along its emerald waters. Find the Forgotten Coast. With no major cities, it may be the best place to enjoy the state's white-sand beaches.

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Stats:

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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