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Retire in Tavares, Florida?
Overview: Located in north central Florida, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando, mellow, semi-rural Tavares bills itself as "America's Seaplane City." It borders four large lakes and has several smaller ones within town limits.
Water events and activities abound and include cypress swamp eco-cruises, a bass tournament, a race boat regatta, an antique boat show, a dragon boat show, Jet Ski races and many others. Seaplane fly-ins attract pilots from around the region and feature contests for "shortest take off," "best spot landing" and more. The 40-slip Seaplane Base and Marina is in the simple but renovated downtown and is owned by the city. Wooten Park, along Lake Dora, has a boat dock, a popular water park and huge live oaks with dripping moss. Wooten is also the site of the Friday morning farmers' market. Residents enjoy a sushi restaurant, a pizzeria, a Cajun place and a bar or two. Shopping venues are limited.
Most neighborhoods are modest with older, concrete block ranch ramblers, but there are also new subdivisions with modern home designs. Many residences, new and old, are located on a lake or in a lakeside community with water access. Royal Harbor is a 55+ waterfront community with single family homes.
Population: 16,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 60%
Cost of Living: 3% below the national average
Median Home Price: $155,000
Climate: Tavares has a humid subtropical climate with 48 inches of rainfall each year. Summers temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winters are mild with temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 125% higher than the national average.
Notes: Tavares is racially diverse and has doubled in size during the last decade or two.
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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