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Retire in Lighthouse Point, Florida?

Overview:   Once just a patch of swampland along the southeastern Florida coast, compact Lighthouse Point started out in the 1940s.  It was named after the Hillsborough Inlet Lighthouse and is sandwiched between the water and several other towns.

 

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Although some of the surrounding areas are not in great shape, Lighthouse Point is a quiet, pretty town with a reputation as a friendly, casual place. It is laced with canals, and neighborhoods are stocked with lovely ranch ramblers and beautiful, Mediterranean-style homes that back to the water. Many homes have a swimming pool and a boat. Residents enjoy a good selection of nicer chain and locally owned restaurants. Neaby Pompano Citi Centre has a Macy's, a Sears and more.    Strict zoning codes work to keep less desirable businesses at bay.   Parks, mini-parks and bike trails are plentiful, and three nearby beaches ensure lots of outdoor fun.   Lighthouse Point hosts a handful of events throughout year, including a nautical flea market and holiday celebrations. The city has a senior outreach program, and the public library has free wi-fi, book luncheons, writers' workshops and seniors' programs.

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Population:  11,500 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  53%

Cost of Living:  57% above the national average

Median Home Price:  $480,000

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  On average, the area receives 60 inches of rain each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but the Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, two miles away in Pompano Beach, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but the Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, two miles away in Pompano Beach, is accredited.

Public Transit:    Yes, provided by Broward County.

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:  Yes

Political Leanings:  Liberal

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:  None

Notes:   Lighthouse Point is the Fort Lauderdale metro area's upscale neighborhood   It has grown by 5% in the last decade.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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Florida:

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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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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