Deerfield Beach : Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Deerfield Beach

As a retirement community, Deerfield Beach represents an alternative to living in the big city or in a very affluent community. Named after the plentiful local deer that roamed through this area, it is a large community of over 78,000 residents. It is located just to the north of Fort Lauderdale and immediately below affluent Boca Raton. This low key small city has great beaches and affordable places to live.

Deerfield Beach is located in Broward County. For a list of profiles on over 1000 cities and towns go to retirement communities. Photo of beach courtesy of Wikipedia and D Ramey Logan.


Where to Retire in Deerfield Beach and Home Prices

Retirees who live in Deerfield Beach find it is possible to live near the water – either the beach or the intercoastal. There are many apartment buildings that offer carefree living and varying degrees of amenities. Or you can choose to live in one of the many gated communities in the town or surrounding area. This diverse city is warm in the winter. Deerfield Beach is home to one of America's oldest and largest active adult communities, Century Village (see link to Deerfield Active Communities at top right).
Real estate prices in the area are much lower than in nearby coastal communities.  According to the median sale price of a home was about $118,000 in mid-2014, while reported $139,600 in mid 2016.


What is special about Deerfield Beach

Beautiful white sandy beaches; living on the beach near some of America's most vibrant cities; warm weather all winter; average January temperature is in the high 60's; many housing opportunities for retirees, including high rise apartments near the beach and gated communities; proximity to major league sports teams in nearby Miami


What is not special about Deerfield Beach

Crowds in season; over development is always a risk; hurricane season


Who will like retirement in Deerfield Beach

Deerfield attracts a diverse community who want to live in an understated community. Many retirees who live here came here from the northeast. Here are more resources and information on what is like to retire in Florida

Local economy is driven by

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

Climate and Physical Environment

Deerfield is on the southeast coast of Florida, about 20 miles north of Miami. It is flat with the Atlantic Ocean on the East with business and real estate development to the west.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Deerfield itself does not have many cultural resources. However, nearby Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Miami have much to offer culturally just a short drive away.


Crime in Deerfield Beach is just below the national average.


Medical facilities

North Broward Medical Center is just a few a miles in Deerfield Beach, as is Boca Raton's Community Hospital.



Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is just 17 miles away. Several railroads pass through Deerfield, which is blessed with Amtrak passenger service. Tri-Rail provides commuter service from Palm Beach County, through Broward County/Deerfield, and into Miami-Dade County.

Valuable Links

Deerfield Beach on WIkipedia

What people are saying about Deerfield Beach

Century Village
Any discussion of Deerfield Beach should include Century Village. It's one of the oldest and one of the best active adult communities anywhere. Sure, the average age there is a bit more than in the newer communities. But that's the difference between a teen aged lover and one in her 30's - the hard edges are polished up and she's a lot easier to live with! [url][/url]
Posted by madman on February 04, 2009

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  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,Coastal,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • 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): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: frank

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