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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Marathon, Florida

Balmy, Sun Drenched Marathon is in the Florida Keys and Known for its Fishing and Easygoing Way of Life

Situated in the middle of the Florida Keys, Marathon is a balmy, easygoing town atop 13 islands connected via bridges and causeways. Fishermen come to catch snapper, sailfish, blackfish tuna and more.

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Non-fishermen come, too, mainly to dive and snorkel in the abundant coral reefs and to soak up sun on Sombrero Beach and a handful of others, some of which are in nearby Bahia Honda State Park and Curry Hammock State Park. Sombrero Beach is also an important habitat for nesting turtles. The community theater has a busy season, and the Florida Keys Concert Association produces concerts from January through March. The Pigeon Key Foundation preserves overseas railway history, and Crane Point Museum has trails, a natural history museum, and a bird center. Fesivals include the BrewBQ and a Celtic celebration. Restaurants, particularly seafood places, are in good supply.

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Housing includes modest, single story concrete brick homes as well as beautiful two and three story homes with balconies.

Population: 9,000 (city proper)

Age 45 or Better:  48%

Cost of Living:  79% above the national average

Median Home Price: $850,000   See This Cute Marathon Home in a Waterfront Community for Sale for $134,900

Climate:   Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s 60s and 70s.  On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  Yes

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?    Yes

Public Transit:   Yes, It is served by the Florida Keys Marathon Airport and Key West Transit

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes, and a shuttle runs to Key West.

Political Leanings:  Conservative

College Educated:  28%

Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons: Hurricanes and tropical storms are always a possibility. In fact, Hurricane Irma caused significant damage in 2017.

Notes:   Marathon has maintained its population during the last decade. Home prices have increased 30% since last year.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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Florida:

The world's 11th largest peninsula doesn't just have an east coast and a west coast. It has a First Coast, Surf Coast, Space Coast, Treasure Coast, Gold Coast, Paradise Coast, Lee Island Coast, Cultural Coast, Nature Coast, Big Bend Coast, Emerald Coast, and a Forgotten Coast.

Each of these geographic regions is packed with its own history and attractions. The first place to be colonized by Europeans, the First Coast is rich with tidal marshes. It's the home of Amelia Island and St. Augustine. The venerable Castillo de San Marcos sits here and guards the Matanzas Bay.

Daytona Beach and the Halifax River are the heart of the Surf Coast. Automobile racing helped it develop its reputation. The area code is 386 (FUN). South of the fun is the Space Coast. Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and the Kennedy Space Center are a part of its culture.

Named after the Spanish fleet lost in a 1715 hurricane, the Treasure Coast's principle city is Port St. Lucie. It is a northern neighbor to Miami and the Gold Coast. The affluent Naples and major land reserves characterize the Paradise Coast. The Ringling Estate and Sarasota make the Cultural Coast come alive. Twenty miles of beaches along the Gulf Coast distinguish the Suncoast from the forests and blackwater rivers of the Nature Coast.

Travel up to Florida's Big Bend along its emerald waters. Find the Forgotten Coast. With no major cities, it may be the best place to enjoy the state's white-sand beaches.

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