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Retire in Pembroke Pines, Florida?
Overview: Once a dairy farm, Pembroke Pines has grown into a comfortable residential community and is usually considered a Miami suburb. It is just west of Hollywood and about six miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean.
The city has been named an "All American City" and is known for its quiet, suburban atmosphere and great schools. Palm trees line wide boulevards, and neatly laid out neighborhoods boast condominiums, ranch ramblers and Mediterraneans. Many homes sit along a canal or pond. Park Place is a 55+ condo community surrounded by a golf course. Pembroke Pines events include an antiques and collectibles show, an arts festival and a film festival. Shopping venues are many and include the Shops at Pembroke Gardens, an outdoor mall with chain restaurants and national retailers such as Talbot's and Ann Taylor.
City Center is a walkable, master-planned downtown development and with homes, hotels and retailers. Stiles Farmers' Market has a great reputation. Pembroke Pine Golf and Racquet Club has golf carts equipped with GPS and is for members only. Six other courses are, though, open to the public.
Population: 168,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 35%
Cost of Living: 16% above the national average
Median Home Price: $299,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, and it is free.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very liberal
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Since the city has expanded eastward, it has become more susceptible to hurricanes and has been brushed by Hurricanes Irene (1999), Frances (2004), Katrina (2005) and Irma (2017).
Notes: Pembroke Pines is racially diverse. The city has grown by 150% within the last couple of decades.
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 more golf courses 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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