Kissimmee : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Kissimmee

Kissimmee (pronounced Kiss-sim-ee) is a fast growing town south of Orlando in central Florida. The town grew 22% between 2010 and 2019. Its population is a relatively young one, with only 12% of the population 65 or over. This popular tourist area promises small-town charm  as well as  theme parks, outdoor adventures, challenging golf, and tranquil beach landscapes. The town's Osceola Heritage Park is an event facility featuring a concert arena (Silver Spurs Arena) and professional sports stadium (Osceola County Stadium - photo courtesy of Wikipedia by Jtesla16 in the public domain).

Where to Retire in Kissimmee and Home Prices

There are many developments to live in, but most cater more to younger families. There are also plenty of active adult communities, including one of the nation's largest, Solvita (see Active Communities link at top left).
According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of a home in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area was $399,900 in the 1st quarter of 2022.


What Is Special about Kissimmee

It is a vital town with a strong infrastructure. The Houston Astros conduct their spring training in Kissimmee.  There are plenty of outdoor activities like fishing, golf, tennis, birding, and kayaking to keep anyone busy.

What Is Not Special about Kissimmee

The average age is younger than average (35.6), which might disappoint some retirees looking to escape high school taxes.  Crime is above average.

Who Will Like Retirement in Kissimmee

People with visiting grandchildren will like Kissimmee's many attractions, as well as its proximity to Orlando.  There are also some top notch active adult communities to choose from.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, construction.

Climate and Physical Environment

Kissimmee is south of Orlando in central Florida. It is on the the northwest shore of Lake Tohopekaliga (locally called Lake Toho). The average July high temperature is 92 and the average January high is 72 (the average low is 48). The wettest month is August (7").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Osceola Heritage Park complex hosts popular concerts and entertainment. Being close to Orlando guarantees plenty of cultural opportunities. Osceola Center for the Arts promotes the cultivation of the arts.


Crime in Kissimmee is higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Osceola Regional Medical Center serves Kissimmee. There are larger hospitals in the Orlando area as well.


Orlando has one of the largest airports in the world. There is an AMTRAK station in Kissimmee.

Valuable Links

Experience Kissimmee


What people are saying about Kissimmee

long time Kissimmee resdient
We moved here 29 years ago. First off, the pronunciation is Kiss -sim - ee, not Kizzme. The bicycling is improving with new bike lanes and trails. Now if the drivers could accept our right to share the road. There are many longer trails relatively close, in Polk City, Orlando, Winter Garden. The proximity to the Orlando airport is a plus. Cocoa Beach is an hour away. I enjoy the Astros spring training but a 10-game plan to the Lightning is also doable. wouldn't want to drive to Tampa 42 times during the season. The Magic are closer, in Orlando and a minor league hockey team is returning there. Editor's note: Thanks for the information! Very useful, we will correct the pronunciation and appreciate the other details - very helpful.
Posted by MarjieW on February 02, 2012
davenport and clermont
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
Looking for a place in Kissimmee
I don't know if you can help me or not. I am interested in rental properties around Kissimmee, preferably in a gated 55 plus community. I am not really interested in high end properties, we are mostly looking for affordable accommodations.
Posted by junebug on February 21, 2010

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