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Known for its Gorgeous White Sand and Tantalizing Blue-Green Waters, Jupiter Boasts Swaying Palm Trees, Glistening Pastel-Colored Buildings and an Abundance of Golf Courses
Overview: Known for its beautiful beaches and blue-green waters, Jupiter is located on Florida's southeastern coast. Downtown Miami is about 90 miles away, and Jupiter is considered one of its northern exurbs.
While Miami is dynamic and chaotic, Jupiter has an understated vibe. Palm trees sway, and pastel colored buildings glisten in the sun. The city is a golfing hub, home to at least 15 courses and a number of golf professionals (Tiger Woods lives on Jupiter Island, a barrier island and wealthy enclave just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Jupiter).
The city's peaceful Riverwalk meanders along the waterfront, as well as through residential areas and entertainment sections of town. Restaurants range from top notch seafood and steak places to neighborhood bistros, and a Fresh Market has organic produce and meats. Higher-end shopping venues are plentiful.
The water off of Ocean Boulevard usually is busy with fishermen, kite surfers, sailors and more. The Palm Beach International Raceway and the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary are also here.
Beautiful gated communities and waterfront homes are common, but modest condominiums and ranch ramblers are here, too. The Inlet Village, where Jupiter began, has not only restaurants and shops but also older, traditional Florida homes. Jupiter Bay is a condominium community with a walkway to the beach.
Population: 66,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 45%
Cost of Living: 22% above the national average
Median Home Price: $435,000
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? Yes
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 45%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Jupiter has grown by 18% within the last decade. It has been called one of the happiest places in the country, and its Jupiter Medical Center is ranked in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for medical excellence (CareChex by Comparion).
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.
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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