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Retire in Nokomis, Florida?
Overview: The little unincorporated beach town of Nokomis is between Sarasota and Venice on Florida's southwestern coast. It reminds many people of what Florida used to be and has a relaxed Gulf Coast vibe. Parts of town are wooded, undeveloped and a little bedraggled, but other areas are nicely manicured.
Beach shacks mingle with expensive residences in neighborhoods dotted with with palm trees, live oaks and pine trees. Fair Winds Village is a 55+ waterfront condominium community. Nokomis also has several gated developments, and those on Casey Key may be the most well known. This eight-mile long barrier island has some of the most expensive real estate in Florida. Multi-million dollar beachfront estates are the norm, and celebrities of various sorts make their home here. Tourists, on the other hand, seem to bypass Nokomis and head instead to Sarasota, so restaurants and roads are not terribly crowded in the winter. Residents enjoy seafood eateries, casual cafes and at least one Italian bistro.
Fourteen-mile long Nokomis Beach is a public beach at the end of Casey Key. It has pristine white sand, crystal clear water, a boardwalk, concessions, lifeguards, free parking and plenty of seashells. Thirty three golf courses are within a short drive.
Population: 3,600 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 53%
Cost of Living: 13% above the national average
Median Home Price: $350,000
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? No, but Venice Regional Medical Center is about five miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Venice Regional Medical Center is about five miles away and is accredited.
Public Library: No, but Venice has one.
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 32%
Public Transit: Not within town, but SCAT has a bus into Sarasota to the north and into Venice to the south.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Residents often travel to Venice for services and shopping. Nokomis has grown by 3% within 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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