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Retire in Highland Beach, Florida?
Overview: Highland Beach, a balmy, affluent beach community along State Road A1A in southeastern Florida, is framed by lush vegetation, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean. It was settled by Japanese immigrants in the early-1900s and incorporated in 1949.
With only 1.1 square miles of land to its name, Highland Beach is walkable from end to end, and it does not have a single traffic light. The library is a cultural hub and offers art exhibitions, concerts, book groups, mahjong, and movies. Delray Beach and Boca Raton rest on the town's southern and northern borders, and amenities in these larger communities include restaurants, shopping venues, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and the Delray Beach Center for the Arts. The Everglades and the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Reserve are within easy reach and permit boating, hiking and fishing. The nearby Yamato Scrub Natural Area has trails that wander through five ecosystems.
Spanish River Park allows camping, picnicking, and swimming. Highland Beach's eastern shore is an important sea turtle nesting ground. Tall, white condominiums and beautiful single family homes overlook both the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Population: 3,800 (increases to 8,000 in winter)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 81%
Cost of Living: 68% above the national average
Median Home Price: $560,000
Climate: This area has a tropical monsoon climate. Summers and early fall are hot and humid; late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. The area receives 58 inches of rain per year, on average.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Boca Raton Regional Hospital is within five miles and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital is Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Boca Raton Regional Hospital is within five miles and is accredited.
Public Transit: No, although the county has a program to transport the disabled to a shelter in the event of a hurricane.
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very liberal
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility. This is a popular "snowbird" destination. Even modest homes are expensive.
Notes: Racial diversity is practically non-existent.
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.
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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