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Retire in Deerfield Beach, Florida?

Overview:   Deerfield Beach is situated along the southeastern Florida coast, about 15 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, and started out as an agricultural community. It was named Deerfield for the deer grazing in the fields and remained a farming hub until the 1940s when it changed its name to Deerfield Beach in an effort to attract tourists.

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Today, the city still attracts sun worshippers but not in the numbers seen by some of its neighbors. Clean and often uncrowded, the one-mile-long beach is award winning. It has a 920-foot fishing pier and a nicely manicured, palm-lined buffer between it and a boardwalk with mom and pop shops and restaurants. Housing stock includes modest ranch ramblers, Mediterranean styles and a lot of condominiums (waterfront and inland). Century Village has low maintenance homes from the $30,000s. Downtown is busy with a mix of tall glass office buildings, chain restaurants, banks, parking garages and the like.

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Restaurants are in good supply and menus include everything from BBQ to Italian. Shopping malls include Hillsboro Square, which has 43 retailers. Country Music Fest and the National Night Out are just two of many community events. The city has 19 parks, including Quiet Waters Park, which has water skiing, fishing, mountain bike trails and camping spots. Deerfield Park is a large nature preserve, and there is an arboretum.

Population:  80,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:   50%

Cost of Living:   3% below the national average

Median Home Price: $145,000

Climate:    This area has a tropical monsoon climate.  Summers and early fall are hot and humid; late fall and winter are less humid and cooler.    The area receives 58 inches of rain per year, on average.  

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?    No, but Boca Raton Regional Hospital and North Broward Medical Center are within five miles and accept Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital is Accredited by Joint Commission?   No, but Boca Raton Regional Hospital and North Broward Medical Center are within five miles and are accredited.

Public Transit:  Yes, provided by Broward County Transit.  A para-transit service is also available.

Crime Rate:  Below the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Liberal

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?  Yes

Cons:   Hurricanes are always a possibility.

Notes:   Deerfield Beach is racially diverse. U.S. Route 1 runs through the city, and the nicer areas are to the east of it.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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