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Jensen Beach, Florida
Jensen Beach is an Unassuming Coastal Town with a Colorful Downtown, a Beautiful Oceanside Beach, Sea Turtles, Excellent Fishing and a Mellow Way of Life
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, beautiful beach, 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, pastel-colored bungalows and ranch rambers, and new, gated developments with Mediterraneans. 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 quaint, colorful 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 Pineapple Festival draw large crowds.
Population: 14,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 54%
Cost of Living: 2% above the national average
Median Home Price: $395,000
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
College Educated: 30%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Jensen Beach suffered some damage from Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne, both in 2004, and from Hurricane Irma in 2017. Future hurricanes are always a possibility.
Notes: The city has grown by 7% during the last decade. Home prices have increased 30% since a year ago.
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.
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