Retire and Enjoy Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater, Florida
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Best Cities in the 21st Century

Clearwater is a city of 106,000+ people on the beaches of the Gulf Coast of Florida, across from Old Tampa Bay and northwest of St. Petersburg, which is in the same metropolitan area. This is a comfortable place to retire or to vacation, but it also enjoys jobs listings over 31,000 positions during Spring 2015.

See the map below for the exact location of Clearwater northwest of I-275 on US 19. This area is full of new additions and improvements in the quality of life for residents.

Clearwater - St. Petersburg

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Travel Distances From Clearwater to Other Communities

City or Town
Distance from Clearwater
Clearwater Beach
2.4 miles from city center
Dunedin
Approximately 5 miles
Palm Harbor
8.5 miles
Largo
4.7 miles
Seminole
Approximately 10 miles
Pinellas Park
Approximately 14 miles
Treasure Island
16 to 19 miles, depending on route
Tampa
23 miles
St. Petersburg
21 miles
Bradenton
42 miles

An Easier Life in Clearwater

Great Improvements to Ease Life

Clearwater leadership and residents seem always on the lookout for ways to improve life in the community. for instance, near the end of 2011, residents petitioned the Federal Government to declare Clearwater in a single zip code (29822) rather than the current two zip codes in order to focus, streamline, and speed mail service and EMT/Fire/Police runs.

Another improvement is the addition of Z-Vans in the community that travel about to teach deaf students how to use video phones. This will likely improve the communication services offered already to the deaf and hard of hearing among Clearwater retirees. Clearwater aims to be an accessible community.

The Clearwater Aging Well Center makes a tremendous effort in offering wellness tips and programs for Seniors in the area. This division of city government appreciates Seniors and is constantly offering new things to help maintain independence and enjoy life. Anything from meals to health tips to how to use the local Police Department to good advantage is on the agenda.

Clearwater is a good place for the retirement years, but many younger people make a good living in the area. In fact, over 31,000 job openings on average daily were listed for a radius of 25 miles of city center ever since December 2011 (see employment information at the end of this article). Many of these positions are in the Healthcare and Transportation/Freight Industries.

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Pelicans at a Clearwater area dock.
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Pelicans at a Clearwater area dock.
Pelicans at a Clearwater area dock. | Source

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New Multi-Screen Cinema

Clearwater became the home of a new 12-screen cinema in December 2011 - the high-tech Cobb Countryside 12 Theater at the Westfield Countryside Mall. It has become quite popular.

Cobb Countryside 12 Theater

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Things to Do and See In Clearwater

Movies are back "in" in Clearwater. The city had not hosted a first-run film between 2002 and December 2011, but that changed with the addition of a new theater complex.

In the middle of December 2011 and just in time for the crop of Christmas films to be released, Clearwater became the home of a new 12-screen cinema. This is the brand new high-tech Cobb Countryside 12 Theater at the Westfield Countryside Mall.

Travel and Tourism make this area a prime site for new entertainment venues that current residents of all ages can enjoy as well. High-Tech? -- The first three rows of seats in the Cobb theater's 4D offering includes vibrating chairs. In addition to that, the theater offers many more features in its huge addition to the Westfield Country side mall that came with a ticket price of $12 Million. There is plenty to do in Clearwater!

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Life With Sea Animals

  • Life is better around water and water creatures, shown in reduced blood pressure readings among many health studies! The aquarium is a wonderfully fun, healthy place to visit. Besides dolphins, this facility recuses sea turtles as well. The rescue hospital produces an online web series called Rescue-Clearwater, with new episodes twice a month.

Clearwater Marine Hospital

Dolphin Tale
Dolphin Tale

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium Hospital is the site in the new film Dolphin Tale, about Winter the dolphin.Her take was damaged to the point that she might die, but she was found and transported to the hospital, where she was finally fitted with a brand new tail.

 

Beaches and Resorts

Clearwater Beach Resort
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Senior Living Options

Senior Housing Options in and Near Clearwater

  • Aging Wisely - Elder Care Assessments, including housing: http://www.agingwisely.com/
  • Belleair Towers
  • Harbourtown Apts. in Palm Harbor. Starting at $650.00. (727) 362-2085
  • Imperial Palms Apts. in Largo. Starting at $720.00. (727) 674-2323.
  • Magnolia Manor
  • Park Place - (727) 734-7734; no web site.

Additional affordable housing communities in Clearwater are in planning and under construction.

Home Purchase Market

Calculated from raw data found at the Zillow.com real estate web site, the following housing was available now

  • Number of Total Homes for sale: 1888
  • Price Range: $61,000 to $14,900,000
  • Median Price: $549,000


  • Number of 2-Bedroom Apartments/Condos for sale: 481
  • Price Range: to $39,900 - $3,400,000; 18 Foreclosures up for auction.
  • Median Price: $249,900

Spectator and Recreational Sports

Sports Options in Clearwater

  • Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League Baseball -- Bright House Networks Field
  • Philadelphia Phillies - Major League Baseball -- Bright House Networks Field for Spring Training.
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Major League Baseball -- St. Petersburg Tropicana Field.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning - National Hockey League -- St. Pete Times Forum.
  • Tampa Bay Storm - Arena Football League -- St. Pete Times Forum.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers - NFL.

OTHER - Recreational and Social Sports

  • Lazin' Ravens Track Club
  • Countryside Lightning Soccer and Chargers Soccer Club
  • Disc Golf - Cliff Stephens Park and Coachman Park.
  • Lega Mexicana - Mexican League Soccer
  • Pinellas Heat - Volleyball

Plenty of Work for Those Who Want It

Top 15 Companies Listing the Largest Numbers of Jobs

  1. BayCare Health System Clearwater
  2. Baycare Health System, Tampa/St. Petersburg
  3. Cross Country TravCorps and Maxim Travel Nurses
  4. Tampa General Hospital
  5. Supplemental Health
  6. IT Jobs - Engineers, etc.
  7. CVS/Pharmacy and several other retail outlets
  8. Hy-Vee Foodstores
  9. Winn Dixie
  10. Raymond James Financial
  11. Schneider National; Barr-Nunn; Melton Truck Lines; Knight Transport - Trucking and Freight
  12. Oracle
  13. SAIC
  14. New PTRS - Physical Therapy
  15. Deloitte Development

Within 10 Miles of the City:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • HCA - Health
  • Largo Health System
  • Sterling-Hoffman - IT jobs, all levels

© 2011 Patty Inglish

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mandymoreno81 4 years ago

Clearwater is beautiful, the beaches aren't as clean or blue as the Caribbean but they're better than some on the East Coast of Florida. Also, they have St. Pete and Tampa nearby for people who want to see other historical areas.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

It's certainly close to a number of good places to visit. Makes life interesting.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I have some dear friends who retired to Clearwater. It is a beautiful place with so many great things to do surrounding it. Great hub!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for posting a comment. The Marine Aquarium is more famous since the film Dolphin Tale features it.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

I appreciate all the detailed research you do!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

It's fun and hopefully makes a good tool - print the page off when folks want to visit these places. I even do that myself!


Gabby 4 years ago

I am living in South Florida and i really do not like it and I would like to know what it is like to live in Clearwater if anyone knows. Thank You

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