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Retire in Pretty Bayou, Florida?
Overview: Tucked along an area where the North Bay and Grand Lagoon converge on Florida's central Panhandle, Pretty Bayou is rural, unincorporated and sits immediately north of Panama City.
A quiet, residential place, Pretty Bayou does not have a downtown. Shops and boutiques are scattered here and there, but most amenities are found in Panama City. Neighborhoods are dotted with cococut palms and tall, skinny pine trees. Sidewalks are few, and housing consists primarily of ranch ramblers, with many backing to a canal or the bay. Most waterfront homes have a pier or boat dock. The white sand beaches of Panama City Beach are about eight miles away across the Hathaway Bridge.
Population: 3,500 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 56%
Cost of Living: 5% above the national average
Median Home Price: $290,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 65 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is just three miles away in Panama City and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital is Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and Bay Medical Center are just three miles away in Panama City and are accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 30%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility, and Michael caused flooding, downed trees and property damage in 2018.
Notes: Pretty Bayou has grown by 30% in the last decade and has some racial diversity.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The world's 11th largest peninsula doesn't just have an east coast and a west coast. It has a First Coast, Surf Coast, Space Coast, Treasure Coast, Gold Coast, Paradise Coast, Lee Island Coast, Cultural Coast, Nature Coast, Big Bend Coast, Emerald Coast, and a Forgotten Coast.
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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