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Retire in Beverly Beach, Florida?

Overview:   This tiny, tightly-knit Flagler County town is only 1.3 miles long and sits on a barrier island between the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's northeastern coast. Scenic Highway A1A runs through it.

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Primarily residential with a beautiful strip of sand, Beverly Beach has older beachside homes, some condos and a new development called Sunset Inlet with 31 conch-style homes and private boat docks. Surfside Estates, a large mobile home park for people age 55+, is also here. Herschel King Park has a riverside boat ramp and canoe launch. Fishing is permitted on the beach and on the riverside seawall. Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort sits between A1A and the ocean and has a general store, but most shopping and commercial services are in Flagler Beach or Palm Coast, the town's next door neighbors.

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Nearby attractions include the Graham Swamp Conservation Area and the Washington Oaks State Park. The centerpiece of Washington Oaks is a formal garden, but there are also short trails for hiking and biking.

Population: 375 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 80%

Cost of Living: 12% below national average

Median Home Price: $130,000

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.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Florida Hospital Flagler, four miles away in Palm Coast, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Florida Hospital Flagler, four miles away in Palm Coast, is accredited.

Public Transit: Flagler County Public Transportation has an on demand van system that runs through the county.

Crime Rate: Well below the national average

Public Library: No

Is Florida Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes

Cons: Hurricanes can happen.

Notes: The RV resort is popular with "snowbirds." Even though Beverly Beach is tiny, it has a mayor, commissioners and a town hall. The town has little racial diversity. Flagler Beach's senior center, which is just down the road, provides hot lunches, computer help and has a lending library. The population has increased by 15% within the last couple of decades.

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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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