Clermont : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Clermont

Clermont is a western suburb of Orlando, Florida, and one of the fastest growing cities in central Florida. The population during the 2020 census was about 43,000 an increase of 314% since 2000, with a median age of 46. This former citrus growing town boasts a historic downtown district that remains similar to what it was 50 years ago. The Florida Citrus Tower is a local landmark. In 2021, Clermont was recognized by Travel+Leisure Magazine's website as one of the 15 Best Lake Towns in the U.S., From Maine to California, citing its multi-lake location, small town charm and proximity to Orlando. Photo of Citrus Tower courtesy of the shyguy at Wikipedia, Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0/


Where to Retire in Clermont and Home Prices

Many active adult communities are in the area (see link at top left), and some of these are relatively low priced.
The median home value was $431,364 in mid-2022, according to Zillow, which is an increase of 31% over the past year.


What Is Special about Clermont

Clermont is an old Florida town that is being transformed into a residential area. Residents are proud of the rolling hills and residential character of the town (see comments from Pam at bottom of this page). The downtown's western area, known as Historic Village, includes sites such as the Townsend House, home to James and Sallie Townsend, the first African-American couple in Clermont.


What Is Not Special about Clermont

It is growing fast so it has attendant crowding and traffic problems.

Who Will Like Retirement in Clermont

People who want to retire to a lake town and in the Orlando area might like it in Clermont. Median household income is above the Florida average.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, arts, entertainment and recreation all contribute to Clermont's economy along with construction and education.

Climate and Physical Environment

Clermont is 19 miles west of Orlando in central Florida.The average July high temperature is 92 and the average January low is 48. The wettest month is June. The United States Triathlon National Training Center is located in Clermont. Duathlons, Triathlons and cross country races are held at the facility. Waterfront Park is located along Lake Minneola, The park includes picnic areas, a swimming area, fishing piers and a playground. There are rentals of paddleboards, kayaks and bicycles. A fitness trail that is part of a 30-mile system runs through the park.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida  have campuses in Clermont.


Crime in Clermont is higher than the national average. Crime will be very different by neighborhood, however.


Medical Facilities

There are 2 hospitals in Clermont: Sun Coast and South Lake (although they both share the same address)


Hi Acres airport and Kings Field Airport are nearby, and Amtrak is 19 miles away in Lake Buena Vista. Clermont is not considered to be a walkable community.


Valuable Links

Clermont on Wikipedia

Clermont City Page


What people are saying about Clermont

Clermont observations
This comment came in from Pam and sheds some good perspective on our review of Clermont: You have Clermont all wrong. Yes we have shopping but the huge center was cancelled in recession. The traffic is very quiet compared to majority of Orlando areas. Housing is cheaper but is rising again already. The biggest thing about this area that is not mentioned is the rolling hills. We really do have hills, and winding roads and beautiful countryside. Kings Ridge and other golf courses sit on the hill and have some spectacular holes, nothing like the boring flat of most other FL courses. It is a world away from rest of Orlando but easy to get to the tourist things and the beach when you want them.
Posted by topretirementseditor on November 20, 2013
looking for lower cost communities
check out Davenport and Clermont FL- towns west of kissimmee. there are some manufactured home communities there. Kings Ridge, Polo Park, Outdoor Resorts of Clermont. Not so expensive as other places.
Posted by topretirementseditor on February 21, 2010

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