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Overview

Wellington is a residential village in Southeast Florida. Located a half-hour from West Palm Beach, the city has abundant outdoor recreation opportunities for active adults. The town is popular for its brand-name shopping, local farmers market, and polo club.

Climate & Geography

Wellington has a tropical rainforest climate. Summers in the area are hot and humid while winters are typically mild. Residents can expect 75 inches of rainfall, higher than the national average.

Wellington’s terrain is low-lying and flat. The city is located near Biscayne Bay, 20 miles from West Palm Beach, and 60 miles from Miami.

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment

Retirees enjoy nearby outdoor recreation at Peaceful Water Sanctuary and Wellington Environmental Preserve, both of which feature scenic views and walking trails. Additionally, the Okeeheelee Park, located nearby in West Palm Beach, has boating and fishing opportunities.

For shopping, residents head to the designer boutiques at The Mall at Wellington Green. Local produce and goods can be found at Green Market at Wellington. Other popular amenities include an amphitheater, the International Polo Club, and the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History.

Residents looking for even more cultural events and entertainment can head to West Palm Beach, located just a half-hour away.

Cost of Living & Taxes

Wellington’s overall cost of living is above the national average because of high housing costs. Grocery and transportation costs are also above average.

Florida is considered a tax-friendly state for retirees because it imposes no income tax. Property taxes in the state are slightly below average. All homeowners qualify for a homestead exemption and retirees over 65 qualify for a double exemption. Wellington’s sales tax rate is 7 percent, which is average for the U.S.

Health Care

The West Palm Beach metro area scores well on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 30 communities across the country. 

Wellington Regional Medical Center is the only hospital located directly in Wellington. JFK Medical Center, located in nearby Atlantis, is rated high performing by U.S. News in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. 

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