With a cost of living lower than the national average, retirees settling in Vero Beach can choose from a number of affordable housing options, including homes and communities along the beach or Intracoastal Waterways, as well as inland, in Vero Beach’s downtown neighborhood.
This small, unpretentious town attracts water-loving retirees, many of whom take advantage of the excellents, beaches, fishing and boating opportunities along the various waterfronts. In addition to outdoor activities, the town was also named one of America’s 100 best art towns, thanks to venues like Riverside Park, which hosts plays, concerts and speakers’ forums. Vero Beach is also home to the well-regarded Vero Beach Museum of Art.
Additionally, Vero Beach boasts a number of places on the National Register of Historic Places, like the Royal Park Arcade and Driftwood Inn.
Con: Traffic increases during winter season
Best For: Water lovers
Cost of Living: 6.7% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $159,000
Top State Income Tax: no state income tax
Crime Rate: 18% lower than national average