As you prepare for retirement, you’re likely looking for a place to settle down that has great weather and plenty of leisure activities. After all, it’s hard not to like sun, water, friendly people and a relaxed lifestyle! Luckily, Florida has lots of great options – and there’s no state income tax! Let’s take a look at the top three Florida cities to retire in.
According to Niche rankings, these three cities are your best bet:
Cape Coral, Florida:
Situated just across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers, Cape Coral has water all around it, but it’s a peaceful, protected community with a suburban feel and a population of about 165,000. This family-oriented community has a progressive city government, ample entertainment options, and easy access to nearby barrier islands.
Renowned shelling beaches and upscale resorts are nearby, as are Cayo Costa State Park, two wildlife refuges and plenty of places to spend a day (or a week) fishing. The city also has a thriving art and cultural community, a great public library, and lots of local eateries. Best yet, the median home value in this area is an affordable $156,900.
With a population of only 110,000, Clearwater and its beach islands are characterized by parks, golf courses, and waterside marinas. The city is full of things to do, but it’s also easy to enjoy spending your day doing absolutely nothing! Simply watching the sun set over the water is a favorite activity of Clearwater locals. It’s mesmerizing, and it happens every day in this community that stretches from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico across the narrow peninsula.
Clearwater is also close to the “big cities” of Tampa and St. Petersburg, but there is no reason to go there unless you want to. Everything you want or need is available right in your community. Homes and condos are affordable, with a median value of $156,900.
With just over 100,000 residents, centrally located Lakeland is almost equidistant between Tampa and Orlando. The weather is moderate, the lakes are abundant, and the lifestyle is homey. As for housing, you’ll find charming cottages and ranches on city lots and on country lanes, and the median price is only $108,000. It’s the kind of place people come to and never want to leave.
Lakeland boasts three colleges, which gives it a hip vibe. The city is home to lots of aerospace activity, including the Central Florida Aerospace Academy and the Florida Air Museum, as well as the world’s second-largest fly-in expo.
Want more options? Pompano Beach, Port St Lucie, and Palm Bay are also named in the top ten best Florida cities to retire in.