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BEST PLACES to Retire in FLORIDA 2022 | Location, Real Estate, Lifestyle, more!

have you been searching for the absolute best places to settle down in those golden years in the entire state of florida especially moving into 2022 if so please stick around this video is made just for you what is up everyone welcome back to the florida relocation guide the smartest way to relocate and invest in the entire state of florida i'm your host adam hancock please subscribe if you've been enjoying these videos and if you need any real estate assistance across all major markets in the state of florida please reach out right away and we will get you set up okay before we hop in i want to give you a little contextual overview of how i structured the video so this is a very important topic in my mind and rather than taking some run-of-the-mill internet study that's based on someone else's personal perspective and giving my take i wanted to take a more creative approach um to the structure to add as much value as i possibly could so the way that i base the premise of this video and the way that i picked the actual list was primarily pushed down from a quality of life metric that i established personally so with my unique business structure my feedback loop is really really clean so i'm basically doing this every day all day all of my clients are out of state around the country they're all investing and or relocating or some sort of partial thing in between my background's majorly in economics we get a lot of financial people so we're pretty heavy on the number side um so i kind of take all that into account but i i have a good sense of people's fears their insecurities related to doing it um what they're excited about like where we've seen success versus not success so i'm bringing all that into this video and what i'm basing quality of life on is a balanced approach so the main meccas are leisure like uh coastal proximity uh leisurely outdoor activity like fishing arts and culture restaurants etc health and wellness so hospital access you know as you're getting into retirement years but also wellness from a proactive standpoint spas gyms outdoor so both on both sides of that um and we are also looking at social demographics so how many people are similar to me in this area age range and lifestyle range and all that kind of stuff so that's what i use to form this methodology and we're about to dive in here um again this is just five of the many options probably across the state but i hope it provides you some value and let's get going okay in no particular order number one on this list and my current standing location sarasota florida okay quality of life-wise sarasota florida has quite a bit to offer if you look at it the right way leisure-wise let's first talk beaches so not the state as a whole not the country as a whole but really the world sarasota manatee county have some of the most renowned beaches that you could possibly find all in a very condensed area siesta key anna maria island longboat key if you're in the right part of town because of the shape of this part of florida you really have everything at your fingertips and then finally stylistically you have eclectic you have laid back you have more sparse to like go with your kids you have bougie you have more party-centric beaches so really something for everyone okay and secondly another unique thing about this part of florida is it's often known as the cultural coast and that is because the amount of art galleries theaters shows and this type of scene in general in a relative packed into a relatively small geographic area so if you're an art lover and you like an upscale town this is actually a pretty unique fit another one always a fan favorite let's talk shopping sarasota manatee is basically split in about five different areas when it comes to shopping in a different array one of them is downtown sarasota florida where we sit here another one is the barrier islands you have siesta key village more eclectic beachy touristy you have st armand circle on lido key which is more upscale john ringling designed offers a little bit more you have venice island which is more like siesta key but laid-back charming historic beach town you have downtown waterside which is a new kind of mock of downtown sarasota and lakewood ranch and then you have some upscale stuff coming too to the quay district and the condominium row which makes even like downtown sarasota look low end in quality more like naples illinois california kind of market so really something for everyone if you enjoy this kind of thing okay the second thing when i'm considering a balanced quality of life is wellness and recovery and recovery what i want to consider here is healthcare so as you age in the golden years i think the healthcare presence is always top of mind when it comes to retirement so here we have a pretty good presence actually sarasota memorial hospital the main healthcare system is located pretty much in downtown sarasota they also own many of the private facilities around town a pretty major hospital and ranked pretty high in specific areas if you need something really specialty you have tampa general about 60 miles away as well and then you have lakewood ranch medical center sarasota memorial is also going south and building on the venice northport line another state of the art hospital so it really covers the whole town now let's talk uh wellness so this would be more proactive so there's a couple things going on here but a lot of ways to get outside and get active um you have the legacy trail especially if you road bike all the way through town you have oscar shear park in venice you have a myriad of like yoga cycling that stuff's getting really in vogue here um tons of gyms a lot of people are um are you know just walkability districts all kinds of stuff so in general i think it's a really pleasant town to enjoy all the sunshine okay and the last aspect of quality of life in sarasota florida i wanted to talk about was social and here i'm kind of going for demographics more on the age similar circumstance vibe so technically sarasota county according to the census is about 56 years of age on average and manatee is about 48.

um now however a lot of people feel with the heavy influx of new construction and people not fully being in the census when it comes to homestead in that resetting that it's actually much lower in the current state and then you have a couple other unique facets you have like a lakewood ranch florida which is the number one multi-generational in the united states and i know a lot of people retiring don't just want to be in a 55 up they want to be you know around the aspect of a general average um and then you have people like me i'm 35 moving back here now that family ties here and and starting stuff and have disposable income and and interested in the lifestyle if you're independent so overall um i think if you want it a little bit older you can go 55 if you want to go a little bit more laid back you can go south to like a venice but if you want to be in a blend i think sarasota is in a very unique spot all right number two on this list jumping over to the atlantic coast the lovely boca raton locationally boca raton florida is the southernmost city in all of palm county florida just north of fort lauderdale and south of west palm beach okay quality of life let's first talk leisure most notably the beaches the palm coast definitely has some of the nicest beaches in all of south florida you have about 30 different tropical beach parks spanning up and down the 47 miles from jupiter down to about boca raton florida really something to fit everyone's mood okay next let's talk golf this area is definitely also known for its golf lifestyle just in boca raton alone you have over 34 different golf courses including eight of them being municipal and then go just about a 20 mile span you have another 66 different golf courses at your disposal 20 of them public nine of them municipal and another 37 that are private to round it out and some real quick hitters for you just to check out some notable public and semi-private courses to check out osprey point south winds and boca green third when it comes to leisure boca raton is definitely known for its shopping and dining you have restaurants from all different types and sizes from super super upscale fine dining all the way to casual eateries and a variety of shops from national department stores to trendy boutiques all the way to specialty shops make sure you check out downtown boca for walkability the town center one of south florida's top upscale shopping destinations and royal palm place for international cuisine boutiques salons and more and finally to round out leisure you can't forget about cultural entertainment being a big part of boca raton's lifestyle residents like to frequent willow theater slowburn wick and even fau university theater for year-round shows you also have comedy clubs at your disposal like boca black sick puppies and you can even hop over to jazzy's for some live jazz nighttime performances and lastly if fine art is more your preference you could check out one of the myriad of museum offerings around including boca raton museum of art stuart fine and many more and secondly for boca raton florida let's talk wellness and recovery if relaxation is what you're seeking your options are definitely not going to be limited here from open air massages with ocean views to rejuvenating yoga on and off the beach and just a plentiful amount of options in general up and down the coast for wellness packages spa offerings to really find tranquility for everyone and on the more proactive side there's also plenty here to get out and kind of enjoy that florida coastline you can hit gumbo limbo nature park kayaking hiking plenty of trails there you can snorkel red reef park one of the best spots there for sure you can take the grandkids to the water park at coconut cove and even if you like to road bike um el rio is a great spot for that and finally on the moore recovery side there are about 53 different hospitals right near boca raton so really something to fit everyone's needs and then the location in general is very close to a lot of specialty i'm real real especially niche stuff beyond that some notables include boca raton regional you have delray medical and broward north okay finally when it comes to kind of social demographics boca raton surprisingly the medium age is only about 43 according to the last census that one always surprises me a little bit so it's getting a little bit younger on this coast versus the golf so just something food for thought there and only about 20 of those residents are over 65 years of age so now granted in the little pockets it's probably a little bit more skewed than that but um it's something to think about if you're looking for more multi-generational you're bringing down multiple family members in addition to you retiring or you're doing a young retirement so just food for thought there may be a little bit calmer version of miami number three on this list and my group's second headquarter location naples florida okay first up for quality of life in naples florida let's talk coastline so here you have just like a lot of places you have quite a variety of beaches up and down north to south depending on where you are um and the the biggest difference on here versus a lot of places is these are there's kind of a really nature centric protected almost like wildlife vibe to those beaches they feel like dune-lined and really protected and not quite as touristy in my opinion but you do have a variety depending on what you're looking for naples pier loudermilk clam pass they all flank the main districts of like the downtown area so their downtown is also very similar to the coastline like sarasota is but overall depending on what you're looking for from sugary white sand to pastel shells there's something for everyone here okay secondly naples florida in my mind is really known as a destination spot for shopping especially so this part of florida is called the paradise coast or known as the paradise coast and it really offers some of the finer things in life if you like that that a lot of parts of florida don't at that level you have everything from like eclectic boutiques to upscale uh outlet style like waterside shops and and the walkable districts especially are lovely you have fifth you have third super clean super walkable super nice and eateries and bistros and a lot of like almost french-inspired like a upper tier of like new orleans style in a lot of facets so whether visiting living full-time partial snowbirding really really interesting if this is kind of your vibe okay you definitely can't mention naples florida without talking about golf so a lot of people consider this part of florida is definitely one of the golf capitals of the world you have 90 different courses you have three professional tournaments i think a year you have challenging holes you have sought after course designers incredible weather all year round definitely a golfer's paradise okay secondly for quality of life in naples florida let's talk wellness and recovery first the proactive side of wellness so for four years in a row according to gallup the paradise coast was actually considered one of the happiest and healthiest places you could be in the entire state and a lot of folks that believe that relates to uh how the town embraces outdoor recreation mindful eating and even positive thinking to just give you an overall balance you know there's plenty of options for creative outdoor workouts spas are numerous even health retreats are abundant and then a lot of people choose to take care to take advantage of all the natural coastline as well so you have the everglades you have the islands so paddle boarding kayaking road biking and everything in between there's really something to get out and stay active for everyone okay and lastly socially as you go south of this part of florida you get a little older on average so the average census age of naples florida is about 66 so it's not a working-class town you know it's pretty my nude it's pretty upscale so if you're looking if you lean more to like 55 and up and people more similar to your age above 60 this would definitely be a direction to go to really achieve that more on average versus community specific number four on this list heading back over to the atlantic coast let's talk melbourne florida locationally melbourne is quite a bit north of boca raton you're basically just southeast of orlando florida you're just north of port st lucie and just south of daytona beach when it comes to quality of life and leisure most people think of the space coast they think of cocoa beach but its southern neighbor melbourne florida is actually quite worthy of your time as well this city calls home to some of florida's most beautiful beaches on the atlantic coast and also a couple unique downtowns as well let's first talk water life melbourne florida set besides the indian river lagoon offers beaches fishing golf snorkeling and many other outdoor recreational activities the beaches over here are basically broken up into multiple little towns but for the purpose of this kind of overview video i would look at everything from about sebastian inlet to the patrick air force base trying to get away and find a little bit more secluded relaxing environment make sure you check out coconut point and ponce de leon landing which offer free parking public restrooms and are a little bit more tranquil in general you might also want to head over to sebastian inlet park a beautiful little spot you can fish you can wade out into the inlet there's a museum here there's even a camp here but a nice little spot just to mix up the outdoor activity some more leisure if you're more in the speed of cultural and art side of things despite not being a huge city there's actually quite a bit of deep appreciation for both art and history in melbourne florida okay a couple notables for you definitely check out the old galley art district if you love art this is one of the main places for sure there's galleries there's a museum there's murals it's a great place to walk around in general you can check out the historic rosetta house museum this has a long florida legacy history built in 1908 and very close to the arts district as well and make sure you run over to downtown historic melbourne a lot going on there right now shopping dining just a nice place to take a stroll it's right along the harbor in the river and just nice overall okay secondly from melbourne florida let's talk wellness and recovery okay on the active side of things first off melbourne's a great town for stand-up paddle boarding if you're into that secondly it's kind of a sneaky popular town for yogi's you have 8 a.m beach yoga you have unique places like garden yoga spots you have meetups at breweries and many more kind of unique opportunities like this okay a couple more for you you can also rock climb at a place called adventure hq they have ninja courses they have rock walls etc this location you can take advantage of the picturesque wetlands there's a few different areas at your disposal here in melbourne probably the most popular ones turkey creek okay finally socially melbourne florida is the 31st largest city in florida and your median age sits right about 43 so you're right in there with boca raton keeping a relatively younger age demographic in general all right in our fifth and final city for the best place to retire in florida for 2022 kind of a curveball here we are going to talk about lakeland florida all right so i decided to put lakeland on this list as kind of our more rural um laid-back and even more affordable one they've this city's been a little bit sneaky on the developments over the last few years it's kind of an interesting place at the moment locationally you are located off i-4 you're about 40 minutes east of tampa and just about an hour southwest of orlando as well so pretty interesting proximity overall and general feel-wise you are a combination of historic old florida with the more modern youthful accents okay kicking off quality of life and leisure whether you're attracted to florida history architecture spring training baseball shopping especially antique or boutique traditional seafood restaurants lakeland florida is really starting to have a nice balance for everyone so again lakeland florida is definitely known for its laid-back florida lifestyle you have places like hollis gardens lake parker common grounds you have circle b all nice lovely places to get outside and really enjoy all that florida sunshine furthermore if you find yourself kind of you fancy yourself a baseball fan then this town almost feels like it transforms every year during the spring when the detroit tigers come back to town home-based spring training right in the middle of lakeland florida and the town does a fantastic job of really embracing this and really supporting it for the art buff in the family the center of the arts and culture scene in lakeland florida definitely surrounds the work of frank lloyd wright florida southern college was the private college in town right across the lake from where i started going to school is actually known to host the largest single collection of frank lloyd wright's work that exists which makes it a very popular destination for both architecture and design enthusiasts in addition to being popular amongst architects lakeland also has a pretty interesting kind of artist colony community that centers around the polk museum of art and the polk theater and the amount of like pure colleges that exist in this area i've noticed over the last 10 years or so which was different than when i was growing up was the the kids are staying in lakeland they're staying in town they're saying they want a little bit more docile setting than the biggest tampa orlando that surrounds it and because of the youth and they're coming out in the young 20s and staying for a while it's more affordable starting families they have disposable income they're starting things their startup community now there's all these different venues the restaurants are cooler there's coffee shops so there is a multi-generational aspect that's really emerging um that mixes with all the old florida historic stuff in a pretty unique manner okay and lastly for leisure in lakeland florida let's talk shopping and dining shopping wise lakeland has a downtown historic district that's full of boutiques definitely antiques and it seems always be changing and evolving and mixing it up in some facet dining wise like many florida cities lakeland really embraces that fresh seafood aspect so the options are plentiful and so there's always something there if you like that kind of thing and some popular ones are harry seafood and fish city grill okay secondly for lakeland let's talk wellness and recovery on the recovery side because of the the where the location of the proximity tampa in orlando you know you have plenty you have plenty of options at your disposal advent health is very big in the area and has multiple different centers you know tampa general hospital of orlando right there so you're not going to be hurting for close proximity to health support if needed on the wellness proactive side a lot of you do have the normal gyms and all this kind of stuff but a lot of people here in this city choose to get outside you know and obviously all the lake sense the name the walking culture the running culture you have places that i mentioned earlier like circle b um common grounds park for the kids uh publix is based here so they they have a lot of kind of support things that they've built um to support the community but getting outside using the rural aspect to have all that land and the trails and just getting outside and enjoying the sunshine and being active that's how in my opinion how a lot of people choose to use this city all right and socially what you're gonna you're going to have here demographic wise is you're going to have a median age of about 41.

So this one is a little bit more youthful and the college presence definitely leads to that that is a big mix so in polk county as a whole of people that have kind of that old florida's people have been in polk county for a long period of time right and it's relatively country based and then you have this youthful aspect that mixes it so you do have a nice little mix and then the feeder of the surrounding cities helps have a multi-generational aspect so i think the balance here is probably going to be community specific of where what pocket you sit into but it would be nice if you're not looking for a generally older population if you wanted something in the middle where an account catalog might be a little bit older because it's a little bit more rural um outside of the college town part um but that's how lakeland is basically set up okay guys that does it for this video i hope it was helpful i hope you enjoy it please keep a look out for the the break apart videos for the next five in this series of best places to retire please subscribe if you enjoyed it please like please share check out the description box below tons of helpful resources downloadable guides etc check out our other channel if you're interested in just condo specifics especially the high-end ones our florida condo guide and thank you again for joining us on the smartest way to relocate or invest in the entire state of florida you

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