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Retire in Hunter's Creek, Florida?
Overview: About 20 miles south of Orlando and 13 miles east of Walt Disney World in east central Florida, leafy, well-manicured Hunter's Creek is an unincorporated town and master-planned community all rolled into one. It has landed on several "best places to live" lists.
Nestled amid lakes and palm trees, Hunter's Creek has grown 10 fold during the last two decades. It has more than 35 named neighborhoods, some of which have mostly condominiums and some of which have single family homes. Many of the neighborhoods are gated, and each has its own amenities. These may include tennis courts and a swimming pool. Seven parks are scattered here and there, and an 18 hole golf course winds its way through the neighborhoods. The community has a bit of a "cookie cutter" feeling, but the Hunter's Creek only dates from the late-1980s, so homes are newer. Most have Mediterranean-style architecture. Residents are required to have a community ID to use community facilities. Dining out and shopping take place in Orlando. Many white collar Disney employees live here.
Population: 22,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 12% above the national average
Median Home Price: $260,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Osceola Regional Medical Center, four miles away in Kissimmee, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Osceola Regional Medical Center, four miles away in Kissimmee, is accredited. It has a full-service, stand-alone ER in Hunter's Creek.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by GoLynx
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Hunter's Creek is racially diverse and has boomed by 1,000% in the last couple of decades. The name is sometimes spelled with an apostrophe and sometimes without one.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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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.
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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