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Retire in Madeira Beach, Florida?
Overview: Madeira Beach's unofficial motto is "two miles long and a smile wide." It is located on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and the Boca Ciega Bay on the west central Florida coast, directly west of St. Petersburg.
Housing is a mix of colorful bungalows and tall and short condominiums. Neighborhoods are densely populated, and many homes sit along the water, whether it be the oceanfront or the bay. Boat slips are common. Residents enjoy a municipal marina with wet slips, a ship's store and a boat launch. The primary entertainment district, John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, contains shops, eateries, a suspended boardwalk and Hubbard's Marina. It is also the hub for Madeira Beach's best festivals. The beach is narrow, and numerous side streets have metered parking and public beach access. Most of the public parks also have beach access (and showers).
Causeway Park has a fishing pier and an observation deck. John's Pass Park has a jetty walkway, and Archibald Park, the town's historic gulf-front park, has undergone major renovations. The town is also building a new city hall and recreation center.
Population: 4,400 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 55%
Cost of Living: 38% above the national average
Median Home Price: $410,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but St. Petersburg General Hospital, five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but St. Petersburg General Hospital, five miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Madeira Beach has grown by 6% within the last decade or two. The town is completely vulnerable if a hurricane should strike. This area is popular with "snowbirds" and second home owners.
Notes: Racial diversity is but a concept.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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