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Retire in Yulee, Florida?

Overview:   Not too long ago, Yulee, located 25 miles northeast of Jacksonville in northeastern Florida, was just a sleepy rural hamlet.  Today, it is a collection of new subdivisions, but it still retains much of its country flavor.

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Marshes and inlets border Yulee on its eastern edge. Another 15 minutes beyond these are the beautiful beaches of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island.  They are easy to reach and the reason many people want to live here.    Yulee has a nine-hole golf course, and another seven courses are within a short drive.   Many fast food places and national retailers, including Target, Winn-Dixie, Kohl's, Home Depot and more, are found on Route AIA (the Buccaneer Trail) that runs through the center of town.  There are also a few locally owned restaurants and diners here and there.  Interstate 95 is just west of Yulee and provides direct access into Jacksonville.

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Yulee's older homes are small but reflect Old Florida, with a screened-in porches, a raised floor and a lot covered in tropical vegetation. Newer areas have neatly laid out streets, fewer trees, ranch ramblers and Mediterranean-style homes. Many residences have marsh views. Lumber Creek is a planned community with a pastoral quality.    Between neighborhoods and developments, the wooded land remains home to nature's creatures. 

Population: 12,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 31%

Cost of Living:  8% above the national average

Median Home Price:  $225,000

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 51 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but Fernandina Beach has a hospital that accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Fernandina Beach has an accredited hospital.

Public Transit:   Nassau County's Council on Aging has a van transportation system with service to medical appointments and more.

Crime Rate:  Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:  Very conservative

Cons:    The tornado risk is 45% higher than the national average.

Notes:    Yulee has maintained its population in the last decade. Racial diversity is minimal. Florida State College's Betty Cook Nassau Center is here and has a Center for Lifelong Learning.

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

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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.

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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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