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Retire in Plantation, Florida?
Overview: Once part of the Everglades, suburban Plantation abuts Fort Lauderdale to the west in southeastern Florida and was part of the state's attempts to drain swampland in the early-20th century. Minor successes, major failures, and hurricanes kept the area underdeveloped until the mid-1940s when houses were finally built. The town name comes from the company that tried to establish a rice plantation here.
Today, Plantation has been recognized by the Florida Green Building Coalition and the Arbor Day Foundation, and it is home to historic golf courses such as the Fort Lauderdale Country Club and the Plantation Golf Course and Country Club. The downtown is peppered with nice hotels, condos, corporate headquarerts and shopping venues. Plantation Walk is a "lifestyle community" with apartments, shops and entertainment. The city manages a long list of parks, a botanical garden, trails, an equestrian center, an aquatics center and a tennis center. Heritage Park supports regular food truck nights. A farmers' market, outdoor concerts, and movie nights are a few of the city sponsored events.
Neighborhoods are well-maintained with tropical landscaping. Home styles include ranch ramblers, Mediterraneans and others.
Population: 94,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 40%
Cost of Living: 19% above the national average
Median Home Price: $342,000
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? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, operated by Broward County, but locals say that it is limited.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 42%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: People seem to like Planation quite a bit.
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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