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Popular with "Snowbirds," Vacationers and Nudists, Hudson is on Florida's Gulf Coast and Boasts Reasonable Costs
Overview: Forty-five miles north of Tampa, Hudson is on Florida's central Gulf Coast. Once a fishing and shrimping community, these days the town is popular with bargain-seeking "snowbirds," sun-worshipping vacationers and nudists (Eden Nudist Resort is a nudist resort/manufactured home/park model/RV/tent community).
Somewhat bedraggled, Hudson boasts a six acre waterfront park with a small, narrow beach that was built by residents in the 1960s. The strip of sand is clean and has a boardwalk and a boat ramp. Canals lace the city, and many homes sit along the water. Housing stock includes town homes, modest concrete block ranch ramblers and Mediterraneans. At least two dozen non-nudist RV parks have a Hudson address. Restaurants include some seafood places, diners, bistros and bars. K-Mart, Wal-Mart and Bealls are the larger retailers. There is also a Publix, a CVS pharmacy and a Winn-Dixie. The buffet-style Show Palace Dinner Theatre is usually sold out and holds open auditions for its shows. Four golf courses are in town and another 11 are within a 10 mile drive.
HudsonPopulation: 13,000 (city proper)
Hudson Residents Age 45 or Better: 66%
Hudson Cost of Living: 5% below the national average
Hudson Homes for Sale Median Price: $175,000
Hudson Weather: Hudson has a hot, humid climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.
At Least One Hudson Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hudson Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Hudson Public Transit: No
Hudson Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Hudson Public Library: Yes
Hudson Political Leanings: Conservative
Hudson College Educated: 20%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Hudson Cons: Hudson has lost 5% of its population in the last decade.
Hudson Notes: Some sections of town have trailer parks.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the population loss is a concern.
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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