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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Winter Springs, Florida?

Overview:  Winter Springs is a pleasant town about 15 miles north of Orlando in east central Florida and sits along Lake Jesup and the Spring Hammock Preserve. This area was once a lumber producing hub and a steamship port but today is a safe, white collar residential community with lot of IT professionals who commute to Orlando.

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Family friendly with good schools, Winter Springs is somewhat spread out and does not have a cohesive feeling. It does, though, have an attractive, modern town center and pretty lake views. The city has nine or more developed parks, including a dog park, with more planned. There is also a senior center. Residents enjoy a Saturday farmers' market, several better shopping centers and a number of community events, including the Spring Family Festival, the Festival of the Arts and the Hometown Harvest. The city has blossomed by 50% within the last decade or two, and many homes are new Mediterraneans, Spanish Colonials and brick ranch ramblers. Tuscawilla is a country club community with beautiful homes and plenty of golf.

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Population:  35,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:   36%

Cost of Living:   8% above the national average

Median Home Price: $230,000

Climate:  Summer high temperatures usually top out in the low 90s.  Winter temperature highs are in the 60s and 70s with lows in the 50s.  The average rainfall is 52 inches per year with the usual summertime afternoon showers.  

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but South Seminole Hospital is about two miles away in Longwood and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but South Seminole Hospital is about two miles away in Longwood and is accredited. It is also a teaching hospital. 

Crime Rate:   Below the national average

Public Transit:   Yes, provided by LYNX, but it primarily connects the town center with other government buildings, some schools, the drivers' license bureau, the neighboring hospital and surrounding communities, including Orlando.

Public Library:  No, but there are five branches within the county.  

Political Leanings:  Conservative

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:   Lake Jesup is one of the largest lakes in central Florida and is popular with alligators.   It is open for kayaking and canoeing but is not recommended for swimming. 

Notes:   The city seems has some racial diversity and a good reputation.  

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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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