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Ormond-by-the-Sea is a Soothing Barrier Island Community on the Northeastern Florida Coast and Has a Rarely Crowded Beach and Somewhat Reasonable Costs
This tranquil, unincorporated barrier island town sits on the northeastern Florida coast, about an hour from Orlando. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Halifax River and the city of Ormond Beach.
Originally part of Chauncey Bacon's Number Nine Plantation (an old homestead), Ormond-by-the-Sea did not see any kind of development until the 1950s and today is almost entirely residential, with no tall hotels or condos, giving it a soothing quality. A refurbished WWII watch tower overlooks the town's dunes and the long, rarely crowded, reddish sand oceanfront beaches. Bicentennial Park stretches east to west across the island and has access to both the ocean and the river. Highbridge Park, a popular fishing spot, has a boat ramp and a drawbridge that arches over the Halifax. Neighborhoods range from modest to upscale, with ranch ramblers, Mediterraneans and others. Neighboring Ormond Beach has dining and shopping venues.
Three stunning state parks and preserves, Bulow Creek State Park, Blockhouse State Park and Tomoko Marsh Aquatic Preserve, are close at hand. Tomoko's lagoons are home to manatees and other incredible creatures.
Population: 8,200 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 63%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $385,000
Climate: This area has a tropical climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, 15 miles away in Daytona Beach, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, 15 miles away in Daytona Beach, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 30%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The town is completely exposed if a hurricane should strike, and in 2017, Hurricane Irma caused significant flooding.
Notes: Not much happens in Ormond-by-the-Sea. Most services are provided by the county. The community has maintained its population during the last decade. Home prices have increased 30% since last year.
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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