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Winter Haven is a city in Polk County, Florida and located 51 miles east of Tampa. The canal-linked Chain of Lakes offer several waterside parks to bask in the sun with eateries to visit making Winter Haven an ideal city for retirees.
Climate & Geography
Winter Haven is located in the humid subtropical zone. The average annual high temperature is in the low 80s and the average annual low temperature is in the low 60s. The summer months tend to be the rainiest time of year with an average annual rainfall around 50 inches.
Winter Haven is located within the Central Florida Highlands area of the Atlantic coastal plain. The terrain consists of flatland with rolling hills throughout. The average elevation is 146 feet above sea level. The famous Chain of Lakes are amongst the 50 lakes within Winter Haven that makes up the city’s most distinguishing feature.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Residents enjoy visiting Marshall Hampton Reserve, the trails are easy to access for leisurely strolls and bike rides. There are a few antique shops throughout the city to explore. Bok Tower Gardens, located about 15 miles outside Winter Haven, is 250-acre with a trail to bird watch and take in the scenery. There is a good amount of restaurants to wine & dine, a few offer darts and billiards.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The median home cost in Winter Haven is right at the national median. Florida is one of the few states with no income tax. Florida residents ages 65 and older who meet certain income limits can receive an extra homestead exemption equal to the assessed value of property. Social Security and other retirement income is not taxed.
Winter Haven Hospital is the one medical center and hospital located directly in Winter Haven. It’s ranked High Performing in four adult procedures including heart failure and hip replacement.