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Palm Shores, Florida
On Florida's Space Coast, Palm Shores is Quiet, Safe, Growing and Near Oceanfront White Sand Beaches
Little Palm Shores sits along the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's Space Coast. It is a quiet, residential place where many people know one another.
Neighborhoods are tidy and contain mostly brick ranch ramblers and single story Mediterraneans. Palm trees, oak trees and hickory trees adorn lawns that abut lanes without sidewalks. Two popular neighborhoods are Palm Shores Estates and Honeybrook Plantation. Riverview is a 55+ mobile home community. Mom and pop retailers and service providers are scattered about town and include a marine supply store, a motorcycle store, law offices, an animal clinic and more. Seafood grilles and diners make up the culinary scene. There are boat launches along the river, and Shoreside Park has nice grassy areas, a fishing pier and a small strip of sand. Busy U.S. Route 1 runs along the east side of town.
Palm Shores does not have a beach of its own, but Satellite Beach's eight miles of sugar white oceanfront sands are about three miles away.
Population: 1,200 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 46%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $400,000
Climate: Palm Shores 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 Viera Hospital is just four miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Viera Hospital is just four miles away and is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
Age 45 or Better: 27%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes and tropical storms can happen. Matthew brushed ashore in 2016.
Notes: The population has grown 25% during the last decade, whereas some other Space Coast towns have lost population. Home prices have increased 15% since a year ago.
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.
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