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Retire in Royal Palm Beach, Florida?

Overview:   Laced with canals and dotted with lakes, Royal Palm Beach is a landlocked town 15 miles to the west of West Palm Beach in southeastern Florida. It was just swampland until the 1950s when developers arrived, drained the swamp and started to build a village.

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Royal Palm Beach is primarily residential and has set a high standard for open space. In fact, it has 10 acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents. The Village Cultural Center hosts concerts, theater, and arts classes. There are also movie nights, art festivals, a monthly food truck invasion, a green market and a bazaar. Restaurants are in good supply. The West Fest, "where the swamp meets the Wild West," features gunslingers and gold panning. Royal Palm Beach is minutes away from one of the state's top-rated golf courses - the Links at Madison Green. Neighborhoods are neatly laid out and dotted with palm trees and flowering bushes. Homes are primarily ranch ramblers, many of which back to a canal.

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Notable parks near or within village borders include Camellia, Preservation, and Wetlands. Seminole Palms Park has a water park and baseball fields. The county-run Pond Cypress Natural Area is open for hiking, wildlife viewing and photography. Trails, campgrounds, and boardwalks network through the 60,348-acre Corbett Wildlife Management Area.

Population:  38,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  35%

Cost of Living:  13% above the national average

Median Home Price: $260,000

Climate:  This area has hot, humid summers with temperatures in 80s and 90s and mild winters with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 56 inches of rain per year.  

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but Palms West Hospital is just three miles away in Loxahatchee and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    No, but Palms West Hospital is just three miles away in Loxahatchee and is accredited.

Public Transit:   Yes

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:    Liberal

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:    None

Notes:   Royal Palm Beach is racially diverse. Some areas are better than others. The village has grown by 150% within the last decade or two.  

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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Florida:

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.

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Stats:

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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