Located in Southeast Florida, Parkland is a city within the Miami metropolitan area, near Boca Raton and northwest of Fort Lauderdale. The city serves as the perfect retirement location for nature lovers and retirees interested in unique activities, great tax benefits and, of course, sunny Florida weather.
Climate & Geography
Located in Broward County, Parkland lies in a tropical climate zone, which is characterized by warm to hot temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with a defined rainy season which experiences much higher amounts of rainfall than the national average.
To the west of Parkland lies the Everglades, a large natural region of tropical wetlands exclusive to Florida. The unique ecosystem is home to a wide variety of wide life, including more than 360 bird species, various snakes, fish, the Florida Panther, and more. East of Parkland is the city of Deerfield Beach, and the Atlantic Ocean is beyond that, just 12 miles away.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Some of the local favorite spots in Parkland include the Carmela Coffee Company and the Parkland Farmers Market, in addition to many more shops and restaurants exclusive to Floridians.
For active adults who enjoy being in nature, Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park has baseball fields, basketball courts, nearly five miles of trails, and an amphitheater that hosts live entertainment, festivals, and more. Residents can also explore the millions of acres of protected land in the neaerby Everglades.
Parkland is less than an hour from West Palm Beach, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale which provides numerous opportunites for shopping, dining, entertainment and plenty of cultural attractions to visit. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a Japanese cultural history museum with six historical garden exhibits for visitors to explore. Butterfly World is the largest butterfly park in the world, with more than 20,000 live butterflies throughout the park, in addition to botanical gardens and exotic birds. The Coral Springs Museum is a quaint museum that showcases contemporary art from local, national, and international artists in a variety of mediums.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Although the cost of living in Parkland is higher than the state and national average, Florida is considered one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees. It is one of the few states in the country where the state does not tax on income, including Social Security benefits and other forms of retirement income.
There are seven medical centers within 10 miles of Parkland. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is ranked No. 8 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, and the hospital is rated high performing in multiple procedures and conditions. Northwest Medical Center-Margate is another high performing health care facility nearby.