DESTINATION PORT ST. LUCIE AND THE TREASURE COAST
When homeowners think about the biggest investment of their life, top of most minds is how safe an area would be to live in, as well as raise a family. The same is also said for affordability and cost of living. An analysis from Realtor.com® and 55place.com® has helped to compile the data, and all indicators point to Port St. Lucie, the Treasure Coast and surrounding areas as being the prefect place to live as well as retire.
Realtor.com® analyzed the 150 largest metro areas to determine which cities have the lowest crime rates. All the areas on realtor.com®’s list were also listed as affordable, with home prices below the $300,000 national median. Port St. Lucie ranked #3 in the 7 safest, most affordable cities in America, with a medium home list price of $285,100 and a total crime rate of 19.16%. Pittsburg, PA & Grand Rapids, MI topped the list.
Violent crime, such as homicides, assaults, and robberies, have plunged 49 percent nationwide from 1993 to 2017, according to FBI data. The aging population is more active than ever and communities for retirees are thriving. But where are the most affordable cities in the US for retirement?
The analysis by 55places.com considered several factors including median home prices, cost of living, state tax laws, local health care options, availability of 55+ communities, and public transit; to compile a ranking of the 20 most affordable US cities for retirement. 9 Florida cities and areas ranked in the top 20, proving that Florida is the affordable living and retirement destination.
55place.com®’s research found that 77% of active adults need their next home to be affordable. A home within a certain price point is only half of the equation and the surrounding area, whether or not an active adult community is of interest, plays an integral role in quality of life, and nearby attractions and available establishments greatly enhance that.
When looking for a primary residence, a 2nd home or Investment property for future retirement, Port St. Lucie and the Treasure Coast should be top on your list for both safety and affordability, and Mortgage Master Group you first stop for all of your mortgage financing needs. Check out the full Realtor.com® and 55place.com® lists below.
***7 safest, most affordable cities in America***
- Grand Rapids, Mich. – * Median home list price: $280,000 * Total crime rate: 18.38%
- Pittsburgh – * Median home list price: $173,000 * Total crime rate: 18.44%
- Port St. Lucie, Fla. – * Median home list price: $285,100 * Total crime rate: 19.16%
- El Paso, Texas – * Median home list price: $175,800 * Total crime rate: 20.48%
- Syracuse, N.Y. – * Median home list price: $160,000 * Total crime rate: 21.4%
- Hartford, Conn. – * Median home list price: $260,000 * Total crime rate: 21.97%
- Fayetteville, Ark. – * Median home list price: $272,600 * Total crime rate: 23.21%
Source: “America’s Safest Affordable Cities … That Won’t Put You to Sleep,” realtor.com® (Jan. 14, 2019)
***The most affordable places to retire in 2019***
- Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- Ocala, Florida
- Lakeland, Florida
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Daytona Beach, Florida
- Gainesville, Florida
- New Castle County, Delaware
- South Bend, Indiana
- Tampa, Florida
- Waco, Texas
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Memphis, Tennessee
- San Antonio, Texas
- Ft. Myers-Cape Coral, Florida
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Melbourne, Florida
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Orlando, Florida
- Wichita Falls, Texas
- Indianapolis, Indiana
Source: 55place.com (by Steve Randall 28 Jan 2019)
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