Miami : Florida

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What Miami is like for active adults
Miami is the largest city in Florida, located in its southeast corner. It is both a popular destination for tourism and retirement,in addition to being a major international center of commerce.  Miami has beautiful beaches and bays, plus many interesting neighborhoods including the art-deco area of South Beach.  Miami has a very large Cuban-American contingent that gives  international spice to the mix. The overall population is over 413,000.  Cost of living and crime rate are both very high - but both are very dependent upon neighborhood.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are many, many active adult communities in the area. In addition, many areas like Coral Gables offer very pleasant mixed generation housing options.
Housing prices have had a melt down beginning in 2006  that lasted for several years - the median home price in 2011 was $189,000. But the median home price in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale recovered strongly in 2013, rising to $259,000 by the 1st quarter of 2014, according to the National Association of Realtors. Part of the reason for the recent strength of the market is interest among foreign buyers looking for a safe place to invest.

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What is special about this retirement community

Miami is one of the leading cities of the world, celebrated in the movies, books, and TV.  It has the art deco neighborhoods of South Beach, the fancy downtown along the beach, Biscayne Bay, and many lovely old neighborhoods like Coral Gables.  Not to mention the warmest winter climate of any major U.S. city. It is an international city with a large Cuban-American and South American population.  Miami is considered a very walkable community.

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What is not special about this retirement community
There is a lot of crime and the negatives of an urban center. Plus it is hot and humid in the summer. Weather.com ranks Miami highly for "most overdue" to be hit by a hurricane.
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What kinds of people like retiring here

Reitrees who want to be in a large vibrant city with a warm climate would like it here.

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Local economy is driven by
Miami's economy is diverse. It is the international headquarters of many huge corporations. It is also the economic gateway to South America.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Miami is the southernmost big city on Florida's Atlantic Coast. So it is very warm in winter - the average Jan low is 63 and the July high is 87. June is the wettest month with almost 7".
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Miami has every conceivable kind of cultural outlet - from ballet to professional sports teams to the University of Miami and other colleges.  Art Basel is one of the most important annual art exhibitions in the world. There are restaurants for every taste and palate, although many people are eager to sample the authentic Cuban-American cuisine that is popular in many neighborhoods.

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Crime
Crime in Miami is over double the national average.
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Medical facilities
There is a huge number of hospitals in Miami and many, many medical prationers in every medical speciality.
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Transportation
Miami International is one of America's busiest airports, Fort Lauderdale Airport is also nearby. Mass transit in Miami is blessed with both commuter rail (Tri-Rail) and heavy rail (The Metro).  Miami is a busy seaport and the popular base of many cruise ships.
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Valuable Links
City-Data page for Miami.
Wikipedia for Miami
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Facts about MIAMI
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Urban,Suburban,College Town,Coastal,Cultural Center,LGBT,Singles,Resort Community,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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