Cedar Key : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Cedar Key

About fifty miles south of Gainesville, the small (population of about 700), and easygoing island community of Cedar Key is one of the oldest ports in the state and a classic supplier of seafood. With historic streets and back bayous teeming with wildlife and gorgeous views, there is plenty to love about this charming community. Budget Travel named Cedar Key as one of their top 10 Coolest Small Towns 2022 for its rich history, natural beauty, and of course its seafood. Travel & Leisure also recognized it as one of the 10 Best Small Towns to Retire in the U.S. for its safe, quiet, and relaxed atmosphere.

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Where to Retire in Cedar Key and Home Prices

Though the island is small, there are plenty of nice areas in which to settle down.  Zillow reports the median listing price to be $350,199 in early 2022.


What Is Special about Cedar Key

Cedar Key is one of the oldest bird and wildlife refugees in the United States, with plenty of federally protected, lovely sanctuaries.

What Is Not Special about Cedar Key

Being very small, and as an island, very isolated, could be a problem for some people.

Who Will Like Retirement in Cedar Key

Those who want a quiet, lovely, relaxed life in an atypical Floridian town retire here.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Fishing and tourism.

Climate and Physical Environment

Cedar Key is balmy, warm, and hot by the summer.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many galleries in town, some cultural organizations, and a lovely winery.


Crime in Cedar City is less than a third of the national average.

Medical Facilities

Seven Rivers Regional Medial Center is the closest hospital and it is about 30 miles away.



George T Lewis Airport is a small local airport. Gainesville Regional airport is about an hour away. International airports are found in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville; are all about 3 hours away.


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