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Satellite Beach, Florida
A Quiet Seaside Town, Satellite Beach has Eight Miles of Sugar White Oceanfront Sand and a Wildlife Habitat Accessible Only by Boat
Satellite Beach is a barrier island town along Florida's central Atlantic coast and is bordered by the sea on the east and the Indian River on the west. It is also hemmed in by towns to the north and south, keeping it a quiet place that is almost entirely residential.
West side homes sit next to the river and have a boat dock or back to canal. Neighborhoods in the middle of the island are compact, populated with ranch ramblers. On the east side of the Satellite Beach, condominiums line the eight miles of sugar white sand. Locals enjoy three attractive waterfront parks, one of which, Hightower Beach Park, has a boardwalk. Sea turtles come to nest up and down the beach, and right whales cavort offshore. Surfing is a particularly favorite pastime. Satellite Beach has been recognized for its responsible coastal management, and its Samsons Island Nature Park, which is only accessible by boat, is a city-owned habitat for osprey, tortoises and other creatures.
Small specialty stores are the shopping norm, but there is a Publix and a farmers' market. Good restaurants are plentiful and include seafood grills, thai places and pizza joints.
Population: 11,500 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 47%
Cost of Living: 15% above the national average
Median Home Price: $505,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the city receives 48 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Melbourne, six miles away, has two hospitals that accept Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Melbourne, six miles away, has two hospitals that are accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, but it is limited.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 41%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricane Irma in 2017 caused street flooding, downed trees and some property damage.
Notes: The city is just five miles south of Patrick Air Force Base. A large, active group of volunteers helps maintain the local wildlife habitats. The population has grown 15% during the last decade, and home prices have increased 15% 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 course, 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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