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Retire in Madeira Beach, Florida?
Overview: Madeira Beach's unofficial motto is "two miles long and a smile wide." It is located on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and the Boca Ciega Bay on the west central Florida coast, directly west of St. Petersburg.
Housing is a mix of colorful bungalows and tall and short condominiums. Neighborhoods are densely populated, and many homes sit along the water, whether it be the oceanfront or the bay. Boat slips are common. Residents enjoy a municipal marina with wet slips, a ship's store and a boat launch. The primary entertainment district, John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, contains shops, eateries, a suspended boardwalk and Hubbard's Marina. It is also the hub for Madeira Beach's best festivals. The beach is narrow, and numerous side streets have metered parking and public beach access. Most of the public parks also have beach access (and showers).
Causeway Park has a fishing pier and an observation deck. John's Pass Park has a jetty walkway, and Archibald Park, the town's historic gulf-front park, has undergone major renovations. The town is also building a new city hall and recreation center.
Population: 4,400 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 55%
Cost of Living: 51% above the national average
Median Home Price: $495,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but St. Petersburg General Hospital, five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but St. Petersburg General Hospital, five miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The island on which Madeira Beach sits is completely exposed and vulnerable to huuricanes and tropical storms.
Notes: Racial diversity is but a concept. Madeira Beach has grown by 4% within the last decade or two. This area is popular with "snowbirds" and second home owners.
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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