Haines City : Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Haines City

Haines City is a small town of 16,000 between Tampa and Orlando. WInter Haven, Davenport, and Kissimmee are nearby towns to consider as well.  Haines City has an active program called Main Street, a division of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, dedicated to providing and promoting a sense of community pride in the revitalization of our Historic Downtown!
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Where to Retire in Haines City and Home Prices

Many large active adult communities have been built in this area near many large lakes (see Active Adult Communities link at right). 
Median home prices have risen in the last year according to City-Data, which reports in Q3 of 2014, the median selling price was just under $130,000.

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What is special about Haines City

Haines City is in the center of Florida and can represent a cost-effective retirement choice near Orlando. There is a new planned park on Lake Eva and another one called "8-Acre Park" in the Oakland area. The town is committed to revitalizing its downtown.
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What is not special about Haines City

In 2004 three different hurricanes caused damage in Haines City.  It is a small town in interior of Florida, dependent in some ways on Orlando for economic health.
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Who will like retirement in Haines City

People looking for a low-key retirement lifestyle in central Florida near Orlando might like Haines City. The population is evenly split between whites, blacks, and hispanics.
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Local economy is driven by

Proximity to Orlando is important for the Haines City economy. The town is striving with its Main Street project to revitalize the downtown.
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Climate and Physical Environment

Haines City is located between Tampa and Orlando near the geographic center of Florida. The average July high temperature is 93 and the average January low is 47. The wettest month is August (7.4")

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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Haines City is building a public auditorium. Tampa and Orlando offer plenty of culture.
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Crime

Crime in Haines City is just under the national average.
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Medical facilities

There are three hospitals within 17 miles in Davenport, Winter Haven, and Bartow. In 2013 Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center opened a 200-bed acute care facility, offering a full spectrum of medical services. 

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Transportation

There is an AMTRAK station in nearby Winter Haven (10 miles). The Orlando Airport is very large with convenient schedules.  I 4 is very close.
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Valuable Links

Haines City Chamber of Commerce
Haines City Official Site
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Facts about HAINES CITY
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Lake,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • 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: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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