Daytona Beach : Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Daytona Beach

The retirement community of Daytona Beach is also a tourist destination and community of 64,000 located in the northern portion of Florida’s east coast. It attracts more than 8,000,000 visitors a year. Blessed with many nicknames, it is known as “The Birthplace of Speed”, thanks to its hard beaches where early automobile speed demons raced and broke records. The speed tradition lives on with the Daytona 500 and biker conventions such as “Biketoberfest” and “Daytona Beach Bike Week”. Collegians have long come here in droves for spring break, but recent efforts to crack down on rowdyism have successfully stemmed that tide. The city incorporates the towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach, and Seabreeze. It is home to several colleges, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Daytona Beach gives retirees an alternative to living in the big city or in a very affluent community. This diverse city has a mild climate in the winter.
Photo of Daytona Beach "Beachside" east of the Halifax River, mainland west, courtesy of Wikipedia and Gamweb.
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Where to Retire in Daytona Beach and Home Prices

For retirement living options people can choose from beachfront living on the barrier island, or more traditional housing and adult communities on the mainland and across the intercoastal waterway (See Active Communities Link at right).  The average home price was $160,000 in the first quarter of 2016, for the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach area (NAR), up from $138,500 just a year earlier. Many desirable rental apartments are available for less than $1000 per month.


What is special about Daytona Beach

Daytona beaches; Daytona 500; Many residential options for retirees; Ponce de Leon Inlet Light; Daytona USA;  International Motor Sports Hall of Fame; More than 20 championship golf courses


What is not special about Daytona Beach

Crowds of tourists at various times of the year. Crime is high in certain areas


Who will like retirement in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach attracts a community of retirees who want to live in a busy community near the beach. Those interested in car and motorcycle racing will find an ideal home.


Local economy is driven by

Tourism, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Daytona Beach is in the northern portion of the east coast of Florida. It features a barrier island with hard sand beaches that are connected to the mainland.  The January average temperature is 58 degrees with July's average 82 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many artistic and cultural outlets in Daytona Beach. The Museum of Arts and Sciences is one, as is the Southeast Museum of Photography. Other cultural attractions include the historic Peabody Auditorium, Seaside Music Theater, News-Journal Center, the Halifax Historical Museum, and the Mary McLeod Bethune Fine Arts Center.  Popular events include the Daytona Winterfest and the Bandshell Concert Series.



The crime rate is a very high 791 vs. the national average of 321.

Medical facilities

Halifax Medical Center


Daytona Beach International Airport offers non-stop service to many U.S. cities

Valuable Links

Daytona Beach on Wikipedia

Daytona Beach, FL


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  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,Coastal,Small-mid Sized City,RV Community,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • 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: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: btd

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