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Retire in Ormond Beach, Florida?
Along the Atlantic Ocean and on either side of the Halifax River on Florida's northeastern coast, just north of lively Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach was the winter home of John D. Rockefeller. The industrialist and philanthropist had declared that he would survive to 100 years old and needed a healthy place to live. This was the spot he chose.
The town beach has an orange tint and is lined by tall hotels and condominiums with beachfront pools. Downtown is busy but has lovely gardens, white washed buildings and a river walk. Some neighborhoods are a little bedraggled, but many are quite nice. Housing stock includes everything from Florida crackers, beach cottages and concrete ranch ramblers to French Provincials and Spanish Colonials. Plantation Bay is a beautiful country club community popular with baby boomers and empty nesters. Ormond Beach is known as the "Birthplace of Speed" because it was the site of some of the nation's first automobile races, many of which took place on the sand. Even today, vehicles are allowed on certain sections of the beach.
The Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum and Gardens has a variety of exhibits and the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center hosts regional and national performers. National retailers include Bealls, Talbot's, Wal-Mart, Publix, and there are plenty of specialty shops. A farmers' market happens every Thursday. Tomoka State Park is just three miles to the north and is home to manatees, alligators and 160 bird species.
Population: 44,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 53%
Cost of Living: 10% below the national average
Median Home Price: $335,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Daytona Beach, five miles away, has an accredited hospital.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Voltran
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Split down the middle
College Educated: 31%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes can happen. Matthew brought heavy winds in 2016, and Irma caused some flooding and wind damage in 2017.
Notes: Although generally a clean and quiet place, Ormond Beach does receive overflow from some of Daytona's rowdy activities, including Bike Week, Spring Break and Speedweeks. Some people say that the city is just a northern extension of Daytona Beach. Ormond Beach is popular with "snowbirds."
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.
Florida, particularly the Keys and the Gulf Coast, were struck by Category 4 Hurricane Irma in early September, 2017. Towns will rebuild, perhaps this time with climate change in mind, making them safer and better equipped to handle major hurricanes going forward.
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