7 Communities in Leesburg

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Overview

Leesburg is a small city located in Central Florida, only 45 miles northwest of Orlando. The city is the oldest city in Lake County with lots of entertainment and outdoor recreation to choose from.

Climate & Geography

For some residents, one of the perks of living in Florida would be the lack of snowfall and high temperatures, but Leesburg is a prime location for retirees who still enjoy some seasonal variation. While the city’s drier season lasts for the majority of the year, rainfall, humidity, and water temperature vary throughout the year. Summers are typically hot, wet, and humid while winters are dry and warm. 

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment

For residents who would love to take advantage of the sunny weather, Leesburg has multiple nature parks such as Venetians Gardens Park, Herlong Park, Flat Island Preserve, and Emeralda Marsh Conserve. 

For the rainy days, Cane Garden Country Club, Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center, Savannah Center are near Leesburg while Melon Patch Theatre, and Tropic Theater are located in Leesburg and offer a variety of entertainment. 

Once a year, Leesburg hosts the world’s largest motorcycle and music event, the Leesburg Bikefest. This event lasts for three days and is loaded with concerts, vendors, bike shows, and more. 

Cost of Living & Taxes

Florida is ranked as one of the top 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees. Retirement benefits and Social Security income are not taxed and Florida residents 65 and older who meet certain requirements receive a tax break on property taxes. 

While the overall cost of living in Leesburg is lower than the state average, the sales tax is one percent higher, resting at 7 percent. 

The cost of living for a resident of Leesburg is 6.2 percent lower than the national average while other cities such as Orlando and Jacksonville are higher than the average. The lower health care index, goods and service index, housing index, and transportation index all contribute to the city’s lower cost of living when compared to the state average. 

Health Care

Both the Leesburg Regional Medical Center and LifeStream Behavioral Center are located in Leesburg. Additionally, AdventHealth Waterman, Villages Regional Hospital, and South Lake Hospital are within 20 miles of Leesburg. The Leesburg Regional Medical Center is recognized as No. 3 in Central Florida. The medical center ranks as a high performing facility when handling cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, and knee replacements.

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