Clearwater, FL

Population: 111,747

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  • Clearwater has a Livability Score of 74/100, which is considered excellent
  • Clearwater crime rates are 6% higher than the Florida average
  • Cost of living in Clearwater is 4% lower than the Florida average
  • Clearwater real estate prices are 2% lower than the Florida average
  • Rental prices in Clearwater are 6% lower than the Florida average

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      Clearwater, FL

      If you've been searching for a bright and beautiful place to live, the city of Clearwater, Florida offers abundant sunshine and recreation opportunities. As part of the densely populated Pinellas County, Clearwater is home to more than 100,000 residents. An immensely popular tourist destination, Clearwater Beach has been named the number 1 beach destination and has won numerous other accolades.

      Since Clearwater features an average of 240 sunny days per year, city life is focused on the great outdoors. Along with the tourist-heavy Clearwater Beach, locals enjoy visiting Sand Key Park and other beaches that sit along the Gulf of Mexico. These beaches are known for calm waters and soft, sugar sand, making them the perfect choice for families.

      Life in Clearwater is centered around the beach, and the city offers numerous festivals and special events. Coachman Park is a popular outdoor concert venue, or you can see top artists and performers at the award-winning Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Sunsets at Pier 60 nightly festival brings vendors, entertainers, and more to the beach, while the annual Sugar Sand Festival features unbelievable sand carvings, concerts, and more.

      Staying active is easy in Clearwater thanks to the city's strong investments in Parks and Recreation. Participate in a class or hit the gym at one of the city's six recreation centers, or visit the numerous tennis courts, golf courses, baseball fields, and other outdoor locations to get fit in the sun.

      Public transit in Clearwater is not yet highly developed. The area offers bus transportation through the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, and additional options are offered in tourist hot spots through the practical and whimsical Jolley Trolley service, featuring San Francisco-style open trolley cars.

      From fine dining to casual surfside eats, delicious cuisine abounds in Clearwater. Fresh seafood is delivered to local restaurants each morning. You have to try a local favorite: the blackened grouper sandwich. You can even make your own catch of the day if you love to fish! Thanks to the city's strong Hispanic heritage, flavorful Mexican and Cuban options also abound.

      Although the median salary in Clearwater is below the national average, residents enjoy a reasonable cost of living and housing that is lower than the national median. Thanks to the city's tropical climate and the necessity of air conditioning, utility costs are higher than many other areas of the country. Clearwater residents benefit at tax time since Florida has no state income tax.

      About half of Clearwater residents choose to rent instead of owning their homes. The strong demand for rental properties has driven up prices, and Clearwater's rent costs are above the national average. However, that is a price that renters are willing to pay for being able to live in an area where so many people choose to vacation!

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      Moved to Dunedin
      Moved to Dunedin 6months ago. Good and bad so far. It's way too busy for me, too many people,traffic.. Dunedin's is 3 towns in 1. Downtown is quant and has great place's to eat and brews. Honeymoon Beach is Nice to hang out at. But my car insurance went up$ 902 moving to the Clearwater area. Huge difference. People drive like it's My city here. Rent is crazy high. I pay almost $2000 a month for everything. My lease is up in March 2018 , I'm moving back to Cocoa Beach FL. just My preference.
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      Human Trafficking Dangers
      I would strongly urge anyone that wants to live here take it from my experience. This place preys on people that don't have many friends or family. Employers have little to no standard and the police department is unresponsive and have had hundreds of unanswered questions about crimes with relation to Scientology. Good for vacation at the beach. Dangerous to young people or individuals.Predators playground
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      55+ Mobile Home Villages
      Plaza Pines Mobile Home Village is in Clearwater, Florida. My wife and I moved into this 55+ village and at first the management was terrible. Shortly after that the manager was fired and the new manager is a reitred police officer. It is the difference between night and day. Now Plaza Pines is a safe place to live with good management and excellent community room activites with Easter Dinners where forty to fifty people get together and everyone knows everyone and we play cards together and bingo together and celebrate Thanksgiving, Valentine's day, Christmas, and many other occassions. It's a safe place to live and the police respond quickly when called upon and the ambulance responds quickly and professionally. I give it an A+ from a D- two and a half years ago. The new management has been in place for two years now.
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      Not a great place to live * Avoid Clearwater, FL at all costs
      Live here 25 years and the City has been on a slow change from a beach town to a SS patrolled Republican freedom less City. Rules about everything, the City reserves the right to run your life as they see fit. Poor City government, big headed power hungry. Retirees might like it here because they seem to like discrimination and the "Big Brother" government, as well as the City government gears itself to take care of retirees because they vote. Traffic is terrible here, don't plan a trip to the beach unless you allow 1 to 3 hours to get there from downtown area and when you get there you will need to take out a 2nd mortgage to park for a few hours. I would suggest you go to any of the beach south of Clearwater or Honeymoon Island to the north, it is a state park where it costs like $8 a car load and has several beaches 1 dog friendly.
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      A good place to visit but not to live
      I have lived here for 38 years. I stayed here to take care of my elderly parents who are now deceased. You have at least 4 months here of 90 degree and up days. sometimes 5 months. The bug life here is beyond belief. There are the flying roaches (palmetto bugs), the termites and all kinds of insect life here. Sometimes, the palmetto bugs will dive bomb you. There are many wrong way crashes and hit and run drivers here. I have a friend who was lucky to survive a crash a few years ago which was caused by a wrong way driver. If you own a house you will have consistent up keep on it to protect it from termites. And, it seems from my experience, there are many incompetent doctors here. The population is exploding and that also resulted in my mother dying from a stage IV bedsore from being neglected in a nursing home due to it being understaffed. Sooner or later a hurricane will probably hit the Tampa Bay area and become a disaster. My advice to anyone who wants to move here is to have plenty of money for medical care, up keep on a house, etc. And make sure to have plenty of car insurance.
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      Excellent place to live!!
      Clearwater is absolutely beautiful!! Safe and cLean!! I recently made a trip to Pompano Beach, Ft Lauderdale Area. Wow!! It was like the slums compared to Clearwater area!! I can't think of a single negative thing to say about Clearwater. All is positive here!! CLEAN is number one!! No trash laying around....convenient!! I used to love the southeast part of Florida. But now I felt was dirty...littered....
      Please Clearwater!!!! Always stay as clean and safe as you are now?
      After visiting my friend in Pompano Beach I can see why she asked me, "aren't you scared to walk to the mall?"
      She lived in John Knox inside their gates...a war zone looking place to venture out.
      NO....I've NEVER felt threatened or afraid to walk or drive anywhere in the Clearwater area. I LOVE IT HERE!!!
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      Clearwater, FL - City by the Beach
      The university I attended during my college years was right on the outskirts of Clearwater. I have many fond memories - and also many unpleasant memories, from my days in Clearwater. To say the least, Clearwater offers a little bit of everything for the college student, as well as something for the family and retirement age couple.

      The city of Clearwater is a definite beach town located between Lakeland and St. Petersburg. Though many locals combine Clearwater and St. Pete into one category, they are clearly different. Clearwater offers its mainstay in the area - Clearwater Beach. Clearwater Beach is a man-made beach that covers about two miles of coast and is stationed somewhat like a boardwalk. If you are at the beach you will also be able to access restaurants, small attractions, hotels, nightlife and bars.

      Besides the beach Clearwater has excellent nightlife. For those individuals who are looking to party until all hours, Clearwater has you covered with an assortment of eclectic and unique nightclubs and bars. I enjoyed most everything about Clearwater, FL - save for a couple of things.

      While it is always nice to go to the beach, the fact that it is man-made was kind of a setback. Originally being from Hawaii, I found it very lacking; the sand was not right and the water was usually chilly - even in the summer. Being located in the Gulf of Mexico will do that. The city of Clearwater is also a little dirty for my liking; too much partying and not enough clean up sometimes. Lastly I would say that the traffic in Clearwater is terrible. There is only one road that funnels in and out of Clearwater Beach; you have no choice but to endure traffic.
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      Source: The Clearwater, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).