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High Springs, Florida

High Springs (population 6,000) is a nice little country town about 20 miles northwest of Gainesville in north central Florida. It dates from the 1830s and has grown by 11% within the last decade. The slow moving Santa Fe River outlines northern sections of town.

Folks from around the area wander into town because Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park sits along the Santa Fe about five mile west of town and is popular with canoeists, cave divers and campers. The Park is known for its soothing, year-round 72 degree water temperatures. Other warm natural springs parks are nearby, too.

High Springs' downtown is small but inviting with red brick buildings graced by green awnings. The award-winning Great Outdoors Restaurant serves delicious seafood, steaks and desserts. The High Springs Playhouse receives rave reviews and has a robust schedule that includes everything from murder mysteries to Shakespearian tragedies.

Real Estate

The median home value in High Springs is $195,400. This is a 5.2% increase over the previous year.

Estimates are that values will rise another 4.8% over the next year. High Springs is a sellers' market.

The median rental price is $985 per month.

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Taxes

The combined sales tax rate for High Springs is 7.%. This is the total of state, county and city sales tax rates.

Florida has a 6% state sales tax on vehicle purchases and Alachua County tacks on another $225 plus extra fees, depending on the vehicle's weight.

The property tax rate is approximately $1,040 per $100,000 in assessed value. The taxes on a $195,400 home are approximately $2,029 without a homestead exemption.

Florida's property tax homestead exemption reduces the assessed value of a home by $50,000, so a residence that is really worth $100,000 is only taxed on $50,000. Residents age 65 and older who meet certain income limits may receive an extra homestead exemption of up to $50,000.

Florida does not tax Social Security.

Cost of Living

High Springs is a reasonably priced rural town with an overall cost of living 7% less than the national average.

The town is 62% less expensive than Key West, Florida, 18% less expensive than Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and 22% less than Wimberley, Texas.

The median household income is $55,433.

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