Lake Wales : Florida

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What Lake Wales is like for active adults
Lake Wales is a small town of about 12,000 in central Florida, near Kissimee and Winter Haven.  People describe it as having a very charming little downtown representing old Florida at the time of the land boom of the 1920's. It's nickname is the "friendliest small town". There are 2 colleges in town, Warner University and Polk State College.

Lakes Wales has a beautiful Historic Corridor where you can visit the restored Rhodesbilt Arcade, The Depot Museum and The Scenic Theater. Many of these buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Plus you will find plenty of interesting shops, and art galleries. Chalet Suzanne is a fabulous restaurant in a former Spanish Mission Church.  Speaking of churches, you will find all denominations represented here.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Choose from 1920's Mediterranean Revival estates, lake front properties, active adult and golf communities, gated townhomes and more. Lake Ashton is a giant active adult community in Lake Wales (also see link at top right).
Home values in Lake Wales have fluctuated, with the median sale price at around $88,000 in mid-2013, according to City-data.com.

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What is special about this retirement community
Charming downtown, relatively warm winters. The shrine of Ste Anne des Lacs, Bok Tower Gardens, Chalet Suzanne, and Spook Hill (a famous optical illusion). Here is link to a virtual tour of Lake Wales.
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What is not special about this retirement community

It is a small town; summers are hot; closest airport is over 50 miles away

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What kinds of people like retiring here

  It does attract a lot of retirees looking for a comfortable and inexpensive Florida lifestyle.

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Local economy is driven by
Retirement and tourism are big industries, along with agriculture.
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Climate and Physical Environment
Lake Wales is in a lake district almost exactly in the center of Florida. Kissimmee is to the east.  January average temperature is about 60.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Bok Tower has gardens and hosts concerts. Nearby Winter Haven and Orlando have more culture.  Lake Wales has a library. Tampa is not too far away. Having 2 small colleges in town does provide some culture.
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Crime

Crime rate is a little above the national average.

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Medical facilities
Winter Haven has a hospital about 12 miles away.
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Transportation
Winter Haven has an AMTRAK station. For airports the closest big ones are Tampa (54 miles) or Orlando.
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Valuable Links
Wikipedia for Lake Wales
Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce
Florida retirement guide
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Facts about LAKE WALES
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,College Town,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: boomer1

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