Looking For A Warmer Climate?
So many Michigan residents become what we jokingly call "snowbirds." Buying a home in a warmer climate (whether it is a Winter getaway or a permanent move) is almost a right of passage for many Michigan homeowners. Here is a list of the 10 best cities in Florida to retire to!
The number 1 ranking goes to Naples, and for many good reasons. With some of the lowest overall property tax rates, and an unrivaled 9.7 recreation centers per 1,000 residents, Naples is the hub of retirement activity in Florida.
Having a position along the Gulf Coast doesn't hurt either and Naples also boasts some of the best shopping and golfing options in the entire country.
2. New Port Richey
With a high rate of retirement centers per 1,000 residents and relatively low taxes, New Port Richey gives residents a host of activities and modern conveniences. Being located in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region, this retirement haven also boasts activities to do with kids, so if the little ones visit, you'll have plenty to do with them!
3. Orange Park
Heading North, we come to Jacksonville suburb Orange Park. What makes Orange Park stand out is its proximity to a major urban area. It boasts the 2nd highest doctor-resident ratio in the State (behind Naples), and is positioned nicely on Doctors Lake and the St. John's River. If you're seeking a more mild climate, Orange Park might just be your best option.
Boasting lower taxes than Orange Park and New Port Richey, Brooksville is another Tampa-area suburb that retirees are flocking to. Brooksville has excellent dining and entertainment options, and is one of the faster-growing communities (senior population went from 19.8% to 26.7% in only 2 years!)
Jumping to the Atlantic Coast, we land in Stuart. A community with tons of history, Stuart has museums honoring the city's importance in trans-Atlantic seafaring, as a haven for shipwrecked sailors. Stuart has many more recreation areas than many communities on this list, adding fun to the convenience!
6. Vero Beach
Expanding onto North Hutchinson Island, picturesque Vero Beach is home to the gorgeous and exclusive Riomar Country Club and a host of parks along the Atlantic, giving residents plenty to smile about. Boasting one of the higher percentages of Senior residents, Vero Beach is a great place to make friends!
Named for the town in Scotland where many of the original residents emigrated from, Inverness is the nature lover's dream community. With a 10,000+ acre nature preserve and access to several inland lakes, this Citrus County gem also boasts low taxes and a high percentage (over 35%) of seniors in the population.
The world-renowned Venice Beach is a hub of activity year-round, and Venice is a sprawling mini-metropolis, boasting several golf courses, spas and recreational areas. Seniors love the various independent dining options and the helpful municipal services department.
If you're hearing calliope music at the mention of Sarasota, it's probably because this was the Winter station of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Sarasota is now much more well known for the incredible beaches and being a wonderful place to kick back and relax in your Golden Years.
10. Sun City Center
One of a few dedicated communities built FOR Seniors and retirees, Sun City Center is packed with small inland lakes, dining options and a bevy of housing options. Close proximity to Tampa gives you access to everything a large city has to offer without having to live around all the hustle and bustle