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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Spanish Fort, Alabama

On Mobile Bay's Eastern Shore, Inviting Spanish Fort Boasts Tidy, Wooded Neighborhoods and is Close to White Sand Beaches

Spanish Fort sits across the bay from Mobile on Mobile Bay's eastern shore and has a history that dates back to 1712. Inviting and mostly residential, the town has grown 28% during the last decade.

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Neighborhoods have wooded lots, small ponds and well-kept brick ranch ramblers and raised ranch ramblers. The town's five boat ramps all have access to the bay or lower delta, and local piers are popular with bank anglers. A boardwalk trail snakes through the wetlands of Meaher State Park, and Blakeley State Park maintains old breastworks and fortifications from Spanish Fort's early days. The Five Rivers Resource Center sits on acres of cypress-tupelo swamp and hardwood bottomland, and the new Spirit Park has walking paths and tennis courts. High school sports are a town highlight (the high school football and baseball teams have been state championships in recent years). Eastern Shore Centre is an outdoor regional shopping hub and "lifestyle center" with box stores and entertainment venues.

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The nearest beaches are about 45 minutes away in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, both of which have long stretches of beautiful white sand and blue/green waters.

Population:  11,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  42%

Cost of Living:   2% below the national average

Median Home Price: $380,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s and 50s.  On average, the area receives 65 inches of rain per year. 

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, about 12 miles away, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?   No, but Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, about 12 miles away, is accredited.

Public Transit:  No

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Conservative

Is Alabama Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   The tornado risk is 77% higher than the national average, and hurricanes are always a possibility.

Notes:   Home prices have remained steady since last year.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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Alabama:

Alabama, also known as The Heart of Dixie and the Cotton State, was admitted to the Union on December 14, 1819 and was a major player in both the American Civil War and the American Civil Rights Movement. Montgomery was once the capital of the Confederacy and also the heart of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The current economy is fed by agriculture, auto production, and aerospace. Only Arkansas and Georgia produce more broiler chickens. Alabamians built the Apollo 11 rocket and helped land the first human on the moon.

Bordered by Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama covers 52,423 square miles of land and water. Topography ranges from mountains and plateaus to river valleys, lowlands, and coastal plains. Average rainfall is 56 inches per year. Growing seasons can be long and summers hot. Winters are normally mild.

Mobile, Alabama has the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. Nicholas Langlois introduced Carnival to the city in 1703, 15 years before New Orleans was founded.

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