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Living a LGBT Lifestyle in Palmetto, Florida

Palmetto, a small town in Florida between St. Petersburg and Sarasota, is home to the first gay and lesbian active community in the USA.  The Palms of Manasota was founded to provide a haven for LGBTs. This friendly community has handsome villas and easy access to Florida outdoor activities.  Nearby Sarasota is a cosmopolitan community with a sizable gay population.

Where to Retire in Palmetto and Home Prices

There are many active adult and 55+ communities in the area. The median home value has steadily risen in that past few years and in mid-2020 was $241,867, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Palmetto

Palmetto is on the water and real estate is relatively inexpensive.

What Is Not Special about Palmetto

The crime rate is surprisingly high for a town of this size. Summers are hot and humid.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 61 degrees, the average July temperature is 82 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Sarasota and St. Petersburg are nearby for Restaurants and the Cultural Scene.


Palmetto has a high crime rate.

Medical Facilities

Bradenton offers medical facilities just a few miles away.


Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport is just 10 miles away.

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