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Clermont is a city perfect for retirees interested in staying busy with many outdoor recreation options to enjoy the Florida sun and weather. The city’s historic downtown and close proximity to many lakes, nature preserves, and the larger city of Orlando means residents will have a variety of ways to spend their time.
Climate & Geography
The climate in Clermont is classified as humid subtropical, meaning summers are hot and humid, while winters are short and mild. Residents experience nearly twice as much rainfall, no snowfall, and more sunny days than the national average.
The city is situated among wetlands and 14 lakes, known as the Clermont chain of lakes, which cover nearly 11,000 acres. Although not part of the chain of lakes, Lake Apopka is just northeast of the city and is the largest lake in the region. The surrounding terrain is also marked by gently rolling hills, which is uncommon in Florida.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
In Clermont, there are many activities for residents to enjoy, including picking blueberries at Blueberry Hill Far, catching a show at Moonlight Players Theatre, or spending time outside at the 23 parks, 3.5 miles of scenic trails, or four piers in the surrounding area. At Lake Louisa State Park active adults can hike, fish, bike, camp, swim, and more. The park has more than 20 miles of trails, seven lakes, 60 campsites, and cabins.
In the historic downtown area residents can visit the weekly farmers market, celebrate holiday festivals, or enjoy the First Friday Food Trucks event.
For more activities and entertainment, residents can drive 30 minutes to Orlando, or take a day trip to Tampa, less than two hours from Clermont.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Clermont is slightly higher than both the state and national average. Homes, housing, and transportation are the highest indexes, while utility costs are just above average and health care is just below.
Florida is considered one of the most tax friendly states for retirees. Florida is one of the few states in the country where the state does not tax on income, including Social Security benefits and all other forms of retirement income. Property taxes are also fairly low, and the sales tax in Clermont is 7 percent.
South Lake Hospital is located in Clermont. The hospital is rated high performing in urology and heart failure according to U.S. News.