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Why Polk County Is a Great Place To Retire

What do you want from a retirement destination? Arts and culture? Proximity to natural wonders? Great weather? Travel opportunities? If that sounds like the setting for your perfect retirement, you’re in luck – that’s just the beginning of what you’ll find in Polk County, Florida.

Florida has long been a prime retirement spot (it’s actually ranked the number one state for retirees) thanks to its gorgeous weather, generous tax benefits, and excellent health care options. It’s predicted that by 2030, Florida’s senior population will reach 6 million, which is nearly twice the size of the senior population today.

Polk County, located in the central region of the state, offers easy access to everything that makes Florida great: beaches, theme parks, golf courses and national parks. The Estates at Carpenters is located in Lakeland, one of the prime cities in Polk County. Our city was ranked number six on the Top 50 Best Cities to Retire list by Retirement Living.

Why, specifically, is Lakeland – and by extension, Polk County – such a hot spot for retirees? We’ve put together some specifics as to why so many people flock here to spend their retirement years. For more information, contact us to schedule a tour and explore our campus.

It’s designed with seniors in mind.

Polk County wasn’t designed specifically to provide senior housing for older adults, but it’s certainly become a destination for that. The county is home to many senior living communities that offer some of the best amenities in the nation.

Living options are plentiful: You can choose a rental contract, or you can choose a Life Plan Community (like The Estates at Carpenters) that provides different lifestyles and levels of care all on one campus.

A Life Plan Community like The Estates is truly like a resort, with a swimming pool, maintenance-free homes, housekeeping and laundry services, dining options, and a plethora of activities and events.

The peace of mind that comes from being able to live independently for as long as possible while also receiving long-term care if needed puts Polk County at the top of the list as a retirement destination.

You’ll find exceptional health care options.

Since central Florida has become a retirement destination, it’s no surprise that high-quality health care options are plentiful. Polk County is home to five top-quality hospitals, and it’s not far to get to Orlando, Tampa, and other big Florida cities.

Art and culture are everywhere.

Polk County is home to award-winning community theaters, a professional orchestra, art museums, dance companies, and even a public arts high school. Top among these attractions is the Polk Museum of Art, a Smithsonian affiliate that provides diverse programming and exhibits throughout the year.

Downtown Lakeland in particular is known for charming businesses, colorful street art and gorgeous natural features. Spend an afternoon strolling along Lake Mirror’s paved promenade and visiting the nearby botanical garden. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the upscale restaurants, or grab a cocktail at one of the many surrounding pubs and bars.

It’s easy to enjoy nature.

Florida is one of the most biodiverse states in the nation, and Polk County residents can take advantage of that with parks like Lake Kissimmee State Park, Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve, and Circle B Bar Reserve. The county also has spent millions of dollars creating first-class parks, ball fields, playgrounds and green spaces that provide a little something for everyone, no matter your outdoor taste.

There’s a lot to love about Polk County, and all that’s missing … is you.

Welcome to Uncompromised Senior Living

The Estates at Carpenters is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offering independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. We provide a full continuum of care and a unique advantage to Winter Haven, Lakeland and surrounding Central Florida region retirees. Our levels of care provide peace of mind for your future care, all for one monthly fee.

Come visit our community near the renowned Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

You’re welcome here. Schedule a tour.

Bring your questions, your family and friends.

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