Groveland is a city in Lake County, Florida. It is known for its abundance of lakes, giving residents plenty of opportunities to swim, fish, and boat. Additionally, the city's year-round warmth, affordable housing, and proximity to the entertainment of Orlando make it a popular retirement destination.
Climate & Geography
Groveland has a humid subtropical climate characterized by two seasons: hot, wet summer and mild, dry winters. Summer temperatures frequently reach the 90s, and winters can dip into the 50s. Residents can expect 235 sunny days each year.
As the county name suggests, there are plenty of lakes in and around Groveland, including Lake Emma, Lake Lucy, Lake Spencer, and Cherry Lake. The Richloam Wildlife Management Area is west of the city, and Lake Apopka is west.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
With year-round warmth, residents of Groveland have ample opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreation. Lake Minneola is popular for boating and swimming and Lake Hiawatha Preserve has scenic trails for hiking. Other nearby destinations include Lake Minnehaha, Sara Maude Mason Park, and Palatlakaha River Park and Boat Ramp.
Residents looking for shopping, dining, and entertainment head to Historic Downtown Clermont, which also hosts weekly community events. The area also has local wineries and museums. The attractions of Orlando are also only 40 minutes away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Groveland's overall cost of living matches the national average. Though transportation and utility costs are above average, housing and health care costs are below average.
Florida has no income tax, making it a tax-friendly state for retirees. Some counties also offer a double homestead exemption for retirees over 65 to help lower property taxes. Groveland has a 7 percent sales tax, but it does not apply to groceries and medicine.
The Orlando metro area ranks in the top 80 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.
Within 15 miles of Groveland, there are three hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. News. They are South Lake Hospital, Leesburg Regional Medical Center, and AdventHealth Waterman. South Lake Hospital is rated high performing in its treatment of urology and heart failure. Leesburg Regional Medical Center is regionally ranked as well as high performing in four adult procedures and conditions. AdventHealth Waterman is high performing in its treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure.