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A+ Clearwater Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Clearwater Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Florida
991% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Clearwater cost of living
F Clearwater Crime Total crime is 26% higher than Florida
Total crime
3,66933% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2833% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-19%Year over year crime is down
Clearwater crime
D+ Clearwater Employment Household income is 9% lower than Florida
Median household income
$44,56919% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$29,2322% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
Clearwater employment
C Clearwater Housing Home value is 2% lower than Florida
Median home value
$163,50011% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9702% higher than the US average
Home ownership
57%10% lower than the US average
Clearwater real estate or Clearwater rentals
F Clearwater Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Florida
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
40%19% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% higher than the US average
Clearwater K-12 schools or Clearwater colleges

Living in Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, Florida is a moderately-sized city with a population of 111,747 people. Clearwater has a population density of 4,308 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. The majority of Clearwater residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 70% of the population considered married and 71% with kids under the age of 18, Clearwater could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Clearwater, Florida could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, weather, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Clearwater and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Clearwater to Florida and the national average.

Clearwater has a livability score of 73 out of 100 and is ranked #455 in Florida and #7,282 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Clearwater has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (A). Unfortunately for Clearwater, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F) and education (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Clearwater has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and Pier 60.

The Clearwater unemployment rate (0%) has continued to decrease over the years and is now well below the national average. Finding a new job in the area might just be easier than you thought!

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Clearwater. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Clearwater are affordable. Median real estate prices in Clearwater come in at $163,500, which is 2% lower than the Florida average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Clearwater, the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 8.8% higher than the Florida average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Clearwater area were 10.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.6%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Clearwater, FL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Clearwater, FL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Clubhouse Estates, Clearwater916.4439
Inverness Park, Clearwater905.4136
Estancia Townes, Clearwater905.991
Harbor Oaks, Clearwater900.7100
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sunset Lake Estates, Clearwater892.6694
Alcove, Clearwater893.692
Montclair Lake Estates, Clearwater893.1390
Mission Hills, Clearwater895.3461

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Dunedin, FL864.135,882
Timber Pines, FL8536.85,563
Greenbriar, FL854.32,764
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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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