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Deerfield Beach, Florida
Named for the Deer That Once Grazed Nearby, Deerfield Beach Has a Long, White Strip of Sand, a Boardwalk, a Busy Downtown and Reasonable Costs
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.
Today, the city still attracts sun worshippers but not in the numbers seen by some of its neighbors. Clean and white, 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 reasonably priced, low maintenance homes. Downtown is busy with a mix of tall glass office buildings, chain restaurants, banks, parking garages and the like. 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. The local arboretum is known as Tree Park.
Population: 80,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 50%
Cost of Living: 17% below the national average
Median Home Price: $225,000
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: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 30%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility, and Irma caused some flood damage in 2017.
Notes: Deerfield Beach is racially diverse. U.S. Route 1 runs through the city, and the nicer areas are to the east of it.
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 golf courses, more 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.
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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