Clearwater, Florida – Retirement Guide

Clearwater, Florida   Retirement Guide

Arts lovers and sports lovers alike can find their passions stoked when retiring to Clearwater. This town of more than 107,000 lies along Florida’s central Gulf Coast, flanked by Tampa Bay to the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, in the thick of some of the Sunshine State’s cleanest beaches.

Clearwater’s housing prices are half of what they were prior to the real estate downturn of 2007, and remain an excellent bargain for retirees; though it’s important to note that prices have been steadily climbing in recent months. Still, the median home price is an affordable $111,000. Prices increase with proximity to the beach and waterfront.

While relaxing with a book along Clearwater’s sandy shores may be an ideal retreat for many retirees, others seeking cultural pursuits will embrace Clearwater’s arts scene. The city created the Clearwater Public Art and Design Program which taxes new city projects to provide funds for public art projects throughout Clearwater. The city also hosts a number of festivals, including the Imagine International Film Festival, and Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

Pros: Home to a number of cultural attractions and public arts projects
Con: The town becomes crowded during peak tourist seasons

At a Glance
Best For: Arts and Sports lovers
Population: 107,784
Cost of Living: 4.6% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $111,000
Unemployment: 7.1%
Top State Income Tax: no state income tax
Crime Rate: 15% higher than national average

Meanwhile, sports fans will enjoy Clearwater as the base for the Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training camp and the Clearwater Threshers minor league baseball team. Nearby in St. Petersburg, you’ll find the Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball team and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. The city is also incredibly bike-friendly, and features multiple bike trails.

Photo by Theo Amditis via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.