Cedar Key : Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Cedar Key

About fifty miles south of Gainesville, the small and easygoing island community of Cedar Key is one of the oldest ports in the state and a classic supplier of seafood. With historic streets and back bayous teeming with wildlife and gorgeous views, there is plenty to love about this charming community.
Aerial view of Cedar Key courtesy of Averette and Wikipedia; photo of Cedar Key Dock St. courtesy of Wikipedia and Zdv; photo of Cedar Key State Museum courtesy of Wikipedia and Ebyabe.


Where to Retire in Cedar Key and Home Prices

Though the island is small, there are plenty of nice areas in which to settle down.
Median sale price was about $120,000 in late 2014, according to City-Data.com. Zillow reports the median home value to be about $166,000, in mid-2015, declining from where it was a year earlier at $182,000.


What is special about Cedar Key

Cedar Key is one of the oldest bird and wildlife refugees in the United States, with plenty of federally protected, lovely sanctuaries.

What is not special about Cedar Key

Being very small, and as an island, very isolated, could be a problem for some people.

Who will like retirement in Cedar Key

Those who want a quiet, lovely, relaxed life in an atypical Floridian town retire here.

Local economy is driven by

fishing, tourism

Climate and Physical Environment

Cedar Key is balmy, warm, and hot by the summer.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many galleries in town, some cultural organizations, and a lovely winery.


Crime in Cedar City is less than a third of the national average.

Medical facilities

Seven Rivers Regional Medial Center is the closest hospital and it is about 30 miles away.



George T Lewis Airport is a small local airport; Gainesville Regional airport is about an hour away; International ariports are found in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville, and are all about 3 hours away.


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Facts about CEDAR KEY
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
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