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North Palm Beach, Florida
Balmy North Palm Beach is in Southeastern Florida and Boasts Beautiful Oceanfront Beaches, Top-Rated Golf Courses and Safe Neighborhoods
Straddling the Intracoastal Waterway in southeastern Florida, safe, balmy North Palm Beach is known for its miles of sun-kissed oceanfront sands and excellent golf courses.
For example, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park boasts pristine beaches and has a nice boardwalk, and the North Palm Beach Country Club is famous for its championship-class greens and fairways (it is open to the public, but it enforces a strict dress code). The Manatee Lagoon Eco-Discovery Center and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center both work to protect local marine creatures. The Kravis Center for Performing Arts has a full schedule of live musical and theater performances. Downtown's Clemantis Street brims with upscale eateries and shops, art galleries and pubs. It is particularly festive around Christmas.
Population: 13,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 55%
Cost of Living: 18% above the national average
Median Home Price: $510,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons per year, one hot and humid and one less hot and less humid. On average, the area receives 63 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Palm Beach Gardens Med Center, two miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Palm Beach Gardens Med Center, two miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and people love it.
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 44%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes and tropical storms are always a possibility. Hurricane Michael caused minimal damage in 2018. Ian mostly bypassed the area in 2022.
Notes: Home prices have increased 3% since last year, and the population has grown 8% during 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.
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