Ruskin : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Ruskin

Ruskin is a small town south of Tampa on Florida's west coast. It is an unincorporated community that is part of Hillsborough County. Fed up with over development, the area has petitioned the state to allow it to become a separate, incorporated city. Ruskin was founded as a utopian socialist community inspired by John Ruskin.

Where to Retire in Ruskin and Home Prices

The area is filled with active adult communities. One of the largest is Sun City Center, just a few miles away.
Zillow reports the median home value was $310,026 in early 2022, and up over 33% over the past year.


What Is Special about Ruskin

A. P. Dickman House. Cockroach Key. George McA. Miller House. Location on the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa and Sarasota. Founded on the principles of social utopian John Ruskin. Community events include the Ruskin Seafood Festival and the Tomato & Heritage Festival

What Is Not Special about Ruskin

This area has seen intensive development

Who Will Like Retirement in Ruskin

People who like living in small towns near the water.  Many are interested in controlling growth

Local Economy Is Driven by

Retirement, construction, proximity to Tampa

Climate and Physical Environment

On the coast south of Tampa  on the Little Manatee River, east of St. Petersburg.  The area features barrier islands and many large bays, including Tampa Bay. Fishing and boating are excellent

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Although cultural offerings in Ruskin itself are somewhat limited, Tampa and nearby Sarasota are large cities with an outstanding array of cultural and entertainment options. Sarasota is considered the cultural capital of Florida by many.


Crime in Ruskin is very low.

Medical Facilities

South Bay Hospital is 2 miles away in Sun City Central. Many other hospitals are in nearby Tampa and St. Petersburg


I 75 runs near Ruskin.  Tampa and St. Petersburg are major transportation hubs

Valuable Links

Ruskin, Florida on Wikipedia

Florida guide to retirement and retirement communities


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