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Retire in San Antonio, Florida?
Overview: San Antonio, known as San Ann by the locals, is a quiet, growing town just to the west of Lake Jovita in west central Florida, about 30 miles north of Tampa. It was founded as a Catholic colony in 1881 and is the only surviving community out of five original villages.
Agriculture, particularly orange groves, has long sustained San Antonio. The town still has a rural, slightly overgrown quality with leafy neighborhoods and lush pastureland just beyond neighborhoods. Homes are a mix of older concrete block styles and new, polished country club residences. Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club is a gated 55+ community with homes from the low-$100,000s. The Culinaria Art and Wine Fest is a casual but fun affair, and the Rattlesnake Festival brings out nearly everyone for food, arts and crafts and snake shows. Retailers include a pottery shop, a lumber store, shoe stores, clothiers, bicycle shops and a few others.
The dining scene is primarily made up of BBQ smokehouses and pizza places, but Pancho Villa's is famous for its Mexican food. San Antonio Liquors (aka Ralph's) has a restaurant and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Population: 1,400 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 35%
Cost of Living: 4% below the national average
Median Home Price: $165,000
Climate: Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Pasco Regional Medical Center, five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Pasco Regional Medical Center, five miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 135% higher than the national average.
Notes: San Antonio is essentially a Tampa exurb and has grown by 65% within the last decade or two as Tampa residents have discovered its affordability. Racial diversity is minimal. St. Leo University, a private, Catholic liberal arts university with 17,000 students, is in St. Leo just to the east of San Antonio.
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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