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15 Best Places To Retire In Florida

Photo credit: anoldent / Flickr

Photo credit: anoldent / Flickr

Florida has long been regarded as a popular retirement destination, thanks, in part, to its warm weather and abundance of recreational opportunities.

Not every city is ideal for retirees however, with some proving too loud, too crowded or too crime-riddled to keep senior residents happy.

If you’re planning on retiring in the near future, your best bet is to move to one of the following Florida communities:

15) Dunnellon

Very few seniors voluntarily choose to live in central Florida. After all, such a residence forces them to drive to the beach, one of the prime attractions for any Florida-based retiree. However, for those who fail to understand the appeal of noisy beaches and nasty sunburns, Dunnellon represents a refreshing departure from the usual hustle and bustle of Florida’s major tourist cities.

The small community had a population of just 1,733 as of the 2010 United States Census, which was actually slightly down from the population recorded in 2010.

Additional demographic data indicates that Dunnellon is clearly a retirement-minded community; over 35 percent of residents are over the age of 65, with the median age in the town leveling out at 53 years. Compare this to cities such as Sarasota and Clearwater, in which, despite significant retirement populations, the median age still hovers in the 40s.

Dunnellon is home to several historic homes, most of which are located in the Dunnellon Boomtown Historic District. The community is located near Rainbow Springs State Park, which serves as the area’s main recreational attraction. Tourist attractions are not exactly the community’s forte, but this is exactly why so many retirees find Dunnellon so appealing.