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Along the Alafia River on Florida's Southwestern Coast, Mellow Riverview is Near State Parks and World Class Beaches
Along the shores of the Alafia River on Florida's southwestern coast, pleasant Riverview is one of Tampa's unincorporated suburbs. It began as a simple settlement in 1885 but today is dotted with named neighborhoods and gated communities.
Since Riverview has grown 25% during the last decade, many of these areas are peppered with new Mediterranean-style homes. Riverview also has a lot of parks, and the Alafia Scrub Preserve and Bell Creek Preserve offer opportunities for hiking and nature study. Seven golf courses have a Riverview address, and doctors, dentists, grocery stores and big box stores are all close at hand. Two stunning state parks, Hillsborough River State Park and Alafia River State Park, are nearby and boast rafting rapids, off-road biking trails and scattered lakes for fishing and canoeing. World class Gulf Coast beaches, including Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and St. Pete Beach, are about an hour to the west.
Age 45 or Better: 58%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $410,000
Climate: Riverview has a humid, subtropical climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s 60s and 70s. The area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Brandon Regional Hospital is five miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Brandon Regional Hospital is five miles away and is accredited. It is also award-winning for cardiac care.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Split down the middle
College Educated: 30%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: The Oaks at Riverview Senior Center sponsors "Let's Move!" walks. Home prices have remained steady since last year.
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.
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