Located about 90 miles outside of Tampa and 50 miles from Fort Myers, the isolated and beautiful small town of Arcadia, Fla., is a town like no other. This small town has recently been discovered by the masses, and its population has grown quickly in response. According to City-Data, Arcadia's population jumped by about 15 percent between 2000 and 2010. Today, that number tops out at about 7,500, making Arcadia one of Florida's rare small communities. Those searching for Arcadia apartments for rent will enjoy the town's quaint features, family-friendly culture and high quality of life.
According to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 30 percent of residents in Arcadia are under the age of 18. This makes the town very kid-oriented and creates an ideal community for young families. This also brings the mean resident age in the town down to 30.7 years, which is significantly lower than the statewide average of 41.3.
Arcadia is known throughout Florida for its quaint downtown district. As one of the state's few remaining small towns, Arcadia's Main Street is all the more charming. Vendors also line the streets one weekend each month, selling artisan goods, crafts, food items and more. This marketplace and historic town center represent the town's close-knit culture and love of all things whimsical and charming. Those searching for apartments in Arcadia may want to consider living near the downtown area, as that region of town is considered "Very Walkable" by Walkscore.com.
Because it is the only sizable town in the immediate area, Arcadia is a workplace destination for many regional residents. In fact, the town's population increases by more than 40 percent on workdays due to commuting.
Arcadia is known for its downtown area, but it is the town's annual community events that attract visitors from near and far. Car shows, parades, farmers markets and other fun events draw large crowds year-round, while the annual Watermelon Festival takes place in May at the height of watermelon season. The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is also a well-attended event and is held every March.
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