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Lighthouse Point, Florida
A Casual, Pretty Coastal Town Laced with Canals, Lighthouse Point has a Nautical Flea Market, Lots of Parks and Nearby Oceanfront Beaches
Once just a patch of swampland, compact Lighthouse Point sits along the southeastern Florida coast, about 15 miles north of downtown Fort Lauderdale, and is named after the Hillsborough Inlet Lighthouse, a lighthouse that is still in operation today.
A quiet, pretty place, Lighthouse Point has a reputation as a friendly, casual place and is laced with canals. Neighborhoods are stocked with attractive ranch ramblers and beautiful, Mediterranean-style homes that back to water. Many homes have a swimming pool and/or a boat dock. Residents enjoy a good selection of nicer chain restaurants and locally owned eateries. Strict zoning codes work to keep less desirable businesses at bay. Parks, mini-parks and bike trails are plentiful. Lighthouse Point hosts a handful of events throughout year, including a nautical flea market and holiday celebrations. The city has a senior outreach program, and the public library has free wi-fi, book luncheons, writers' workshops and seniors' programs. Three oceanfront beaches - Hillsboro Beach, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach - are all close at hand.
Population: 12,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 53%
Cost of Living: 58% above the national average
Median Home Price: $740,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 60 inches of rain each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but the Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, two miles away in Pompano Beach, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but the Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, two miles away in Pompano Beach, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Broward County.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 48%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Lighthouse Point is the Fort Lauderdale metro area's upscale neighborhood. It has grown 10% in the last decade, and home prices have increased 33% 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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