Jensen Beach : Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach is an unusual community on the East Coast of Florida along Hobe Sound, just above Stuart.  There is an interesting and occasionally funky downtown with art galleries, shops, and restaurants. Here is a quote we found on City-Data.com from SeetheUSA that seems very apt: "Jensen Beach is a quaint little town. I love the "downtown" area. Very small, but interesting. Close to shopping and the beach! What else do you need?"

There are a tremendous number of old manufactured home and mobile home (including RV) communities here, many of which have great views across the Intracoastal toward the barrier island and the Jupiter Inlet Acquatic Preserve. The area is considered part of the Treasure Coast, which derives its name from the ships that wrecked during the 17th century because of coral reefs in the shallow waters. The population is almost 12,000 with a median age of 50.

 

Where to Retire in Jensen Beach and Home Prices

In early 2016 Zillow reported the median price of a home in Jensen Beach was $213,750. There is a very large number of mobile home communities here, many of which are situated on very valuable land looking out at Hobe Sound.

 

What is special about Jensen Beach

The beaches, the State Parks, the funky downtown, inexpensive living, and great weather make Jensen Beach an interesting and lower cost choice than most of its tonier neighbors.

 

What is not special about Jensen Beach

Hurricanes are a possibility, there is a lot of traffic in season, and changes to the low key vibe  is always possible.

 

Who will like retirement in Jensen Beach

This is one of the more downscale communities on Florida's east coast, so retirees on a budget or who don't want to put on airs might like the good value they get here. Folks who like the water will love it.

 

Local economy is driven by

Snowbirds and tourists and key to the economy.

 

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is in the mid 60s and the average July temperature is in the 80s.  Jensen Beach is on the intracoastal just north of Stuart and Jupiter. The area has had plenty of hurricanes in the past.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is an interesting and  a little offbeat downtown with some restaurants to choose from. There are also some artist galleries and an active Chamber of Commerce plannning community events.

 

Crime

The crime rate is  below average.

 

Medical facilities

Nearby Port St. Lucie offers a hospital, and you are not far from other big city Florida hospitals and doctors.

 

Transportation

I 95 runs just west of town. Nearby big airports include Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

 

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Facts about JENSEN BEACH
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,RV Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • 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: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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