Great Small Towns with 55+ Communities in Florida
Great Small Towns with 55+ communities in Florida
As the Retirement Capitol of the USA, the state of Florida has a myriad of retirement destinations to choose from. Some of the most desirable locations are small Florida towns and developers of 55+ Communities have taken note.
With the expected influx of even more seniors as the Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement age, 55+ Communities are popping up within or just outside of the city limits of small towns and smaller cities across Florida. Here are a few of the most appealing small city / 55+ community combos that we have found:
Sarasota: According to a recent survey of retirees living in or considering Florida for their retirement, this small city (of just over 50,000 people) situated on the Gulf Coast is one of the most enticing places to retire in the nation. With median home prices well under $150,000, many sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, tropical climate, and beautiful location nearly surrounded by water, Sarasota is home to thousands of retirees. Sarasota boasts at least seven 55+ communities to choose from.
Naples: If you have a decent nest-egg saved, the small city of Naples (approximate population 21,000) is a fabulous choice for retirement. Its downtown area boasts an interesting range of eclectic boutiques, a vibrant and growing arts community, and a number of luxury hotels and fine dining establishments. Add to these features a low crime rate, access to top-of-the-line healthcare, and more golf holes per capita than any other town in the USA, and you can see the appeal for retirees. There are at least 7 large 55+ communities in and around Naples, including Tuscany Villa, Orchid Terrace, and Glenview at Pelican Bay.
St. Augustine: The smallest town on our list has a population of only around 13,000. St. Augustine is situated near Jacksonville, so residents here can take advantage of the healthcare facilities and cultural venues of the big city, while enjoying the benefits of small town life. The cost of living here is about 10% less than the national average, with median home prices hovering around $125,000. The vicinity of St. Augustine offers at least five 55+ communities.
Whether you are interested in retiring to a very close-knit small town of only a few thousand people, or a more vibrant small city of 25,000 to 50,000, Florida has a lot of options for you. No matter what your retirement budget looks like, you should be able to find a small town in Florida to suit your taste.