Flagler Beach : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach is a small town on Florida's north Atlantic coast, just above Daytona Beach and below Palm Coast.  The town is named for the former partner of John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil, who went on to become a famous hotelier and railroad builder in Florida.  The population has declined somewhat to just under 4,500.  The peaceful 6 mile beach on this barrier island is nicknamed "Florida's Peaceful Beach".  Flagler Beach is popular with retirees and has an average age of 54. Photo of beach and pier courtesy of visitflagler.org

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Where to Retire in Flagler Beach and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at left). According to Zillow, the median home value in mid-2022 was $539,039, up over 37% over the past year..


What Is Special about Flagler Beach

It is on a barrier island and has a wonderful beach. It is a quiet and peaceful town.

What Is Not Special about Flagler Beach

This part of north Florida is not particularly warm in winter. Unemployment is high, and the town is small.

Who Will Like Retirement in Flagler Beach

People looking for a quiet beach community to retire to will like Flager Beach. The average age is 54, well above the national average.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and retirement drive the economy.  Unemployment is about 15%.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is in the high 50's, while the average July temperature is in the low 80's. Humidity is high in this coastal town on the northern Florida Atlantic coast above Daytona Beach.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

For culture residents will want to journey to Daytona Beach, St. Augustine or Jacksonville.


The crime rate is about half the national average, with mostly property related crime.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Palm Coast (7 miles) and Daytona Beach (19 miles).


I-95 runs through the edge of town. Jacksonville is a large airport not too far away, as is Daytona Beach (about 19 miles away).

Valuable Links

City of Flagler Beach


What people are saying about Flagler Beach

Re: Discuss what its like to live in Flagler Beach
[quote:5b1d54831d="NULL"]Discuss what its like to live in Flagler Beach[/quote:5b1d54831d]I live in Bunnell, just on Flagler Co line. Here are my comments vs. Overall 4 vs 5 because of Hurricanes. Expense, dealer's choice, you can pick your expenses thus I can agree to 2 stars. Taxes desires only 1 star, not 2, as the State sales taxes all tourism and gas heavily, including sales taxes; but, property tax is the lowest among various southern states. Culture should be 3, as you can travel to Daytona, Jax or Orlando within 30 mins to 2 hrs for all the culture you desire. Recreation is right on with 4. Who has 5? Transportation should be 4 as Daytona and Orlando air flights go any where. Medical facilities should be 5 as open hearts are done in the 3 immediate area hospitals and extreme care is accomplished in Jax and Orlando. Political should be 4 (liberal)due to the retirees. Environment should be 5, as there is no other state as interested in wildlife, sea animals, water, etc. Last but not least Florida should receive 4.5 overall, it's not perfect, but as close as you can get to "God's waiting room".
Posted by roy g mort on February 06, 2014

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