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Coconut Creek, Florida
Named After its Many Coconut Palms, Coconut Creek is Near the Coast and Brims with Parks, Gardens, Canals and Lushly Landscaped Avenues
Overview: Coconut Creek sits about half way between Everglades National Park and the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern Florida. The city is award-winning for its environmentalism, eco-conscious outlook and it is home to the world's largest butterfly aviary, with more than 5,000 individual butterflies (and a lot of hummingbirds).
Taking its name from the coconut trees that were planted by early planners, the Coconut Creek boasts an abundance of parks, gardens, canals and lushly landscaped avenues. Home styles include Mediterranean, Florida cracker and ranch ramblers with pastel-colored, stucco exteriors. Condos are in good supply, and there are some nice gated communities, including Winston Park. Well regarded Broward College, a community college with some four-year programs, has a beautiful campus. The downtown has undergone a revamping and has a mixed use, pedestrian-friendly area called the Promenade at Coconut Creek. This upscale, open air "lifestyle center" has offices, restaurants and shops. Not too far away, the Seminole Casino boasts table games, 2,000 slot machines, concerts and more.
Residents enjoy an active parks and recreation department and a good selection of restaurants. The farmers' market is open from April through October.
Population: 61,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 45%
Cost of Living: 19% below the national average
Median Home Price: $223,000
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 60 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but several hospitals that accept Medicare patients are within five miles.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but several hospitals that are accredited are within five miles.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 33%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park, locally known as Mt. Trashmore, is a 225-foot high landfill site located between Coconut Creek and Deerfield Beach. It occasionally emits odors.
Notes: The city is racially diverse and has grown by 14% in the last decade. It is known as the "Butterfly Capital of the World."
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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.
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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