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Retire in Riverview, Florida?
Overview: 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 it has boomed in the last 20 years.
Dotted with named neighborhoods and gated communities, Riverview has a lot of attractive new Mediterranean-style homes in gated communities. The County operates more than 150 neighborhood parks, many of which are within Riverview's boundaries. Alafia Scrub Preserve and Bell Creek Preserve offer opportunities for hiking and nature study, and The Oaks at Riverview Senior Center sponsors "Let's Move!" walks. 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 in the neighborhood and boast rafting rapids, off-road biking trails and scattered lakes for fishing and canoeing. World class beaches are about an hour to the west.
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 58%
Cost of Living: 11% above the national average
Median Home Price: $215,000
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: Liberal
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Riverview is racially diverse.
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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