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Retire in Jensen Beach, Florida?
Overview: Next to the Indian River, just south and east of Port St. Lucie on Florida's southeastern coast (the "Treasure Coast"), unassuming Jensen Beach was the "Pineapple Capital of the World" in the late-1800s. These days it is known for its low key way of life, sea turtles, very good river fishing and excellent deep sea fishing.
Mostly cute and quaint with palm trees and flowering plants, Jensen Beach has a mix of older, brick and pastel colored homes and new, gated developments. The city has a sizeable "snowbird" population, and water activities are a way of life. The downtown area along tree-lined Jensen Beach Boulevard is busy with traffic and has shops, boat storage facilities, beach bars and eateries serving jambalaya, shrimp creole, fried oysters and the like. Hutchinson Island, just across the river via a causeway, is home to Jensen Sea Turtle Beach, a wide, oceanfront stretch of sand with amenities and lifeguards. Sections of the beach are roped off to keep overly curious humans away from three species of nesting sea turtles.
Residents enjoy two golf courses, a large indoor shopping mall, a Publix grocery, a farmers' market, movie theaters and more. The annual downtown Arts and Crafts Show and the Pineapple Festival draw large crowds.
Population: 14,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 54%
Cost of Living: 1% above the national average
Median Home Price: $235,000
Climate: Jensen Beach 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 Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Martin Memorial Medical Center, five miles away in Stuart, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Martin Memorial Medical Center, five miles away in Stuart, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Jensen Beach is susceptible to hurricanes and suffered some damage from Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne, both in 2004, and from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Notes: The city has little racial diversity and has grown by 7% in the last decade.
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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