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South Pasadena, Florida
A Peaceful Waterfront Town Close to Tantalizing Oceanfront Beaches, South Pasadena Boasts Parks, a Yacht Club and Red Brick Streets
South Pasadena sits on a corner of land and a couple of islands that stretch across Boca Ciega Bay between Gulfport, St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach on the Florida Gulf Coast. Once wooed by the latter city, it remains an indpendent, compact kind of place and only takes up six-tenths of a square mile. Many people do not know that it exists.
Dating from the 1870s but only incorporated in 1955, South Pasadena is dotted with manicured lawns, single family neighborhoods, gated communities and condominium communities. Streets are paved with red bricks. Even though it is a small place, it has eight parks, a yacht club and country club. Locals enjoy an annual Christmas boat parade, block parties and an apple pie eating festival. Pasadena Avenue connects the various parts of town with the mainland and the barrier islands, so the amenities of St. Petersburg and the stunning white oceanfront sands of St. Pete Beach are about five minutes away. Gulf breezes add to the tropical ambiance.
Population: 5,500 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 58%
Cost of Living: 2% below the national average
Median Home Price: $390,000
Climate: This area has a hot, humid climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but St Petersburg General Hospital is in St. Petersburg and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but St Petersburg General Hospital is in St. Petersburg and is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, but it is limited.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No, but the St. Pete Beach library is about three minutes away.
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 32%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: The population has stayed steady during the last decade. Home prices have increased 10% 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.
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.
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