Lying in the proximity of a lake of the same name, Seminole is a coastal city in Pinellas County, Florida. It is surrounded by Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Madeira Beach. Its center lies just about 4 miles south of the heart of Largo. The city, which is situated about 21 miles from Tampa, provides seamless access to many places in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Area.
The Seminole area was first settled by non-Indian people in the 1840s. It was named for the Seminole Indians who were the original inhabitants. The word "Seminole" is said to have come from the Spanish term "Cimarron," which means "wild men." It was first applied to the Indians in the 1770s after they ran away from northern territories controlled by the British to escape slavery. The locals were involved in a series of wars in the early to mid 1800s to preserve their freedom and land from white settlers. The Seminole Tribe of Florida was not officially recognized until 1957. The city was incorporated in 1970.
The population of Seminole has increased about four times over since 1980, when the total number of residents stood at 4,586. It was estimated at more than 18,000 as of 2015. The city is home to many older individuals. As of 2000 census, the median age of residents was calculated at 59 years. It looks like an ideal place for seniors who would love to live with people of similar ages. Interestingly, Seminole is home to a high percentage of college-educated residents, when compared to that of an average community in America. Notable residents of the city includes author Angela Elwell Hunt, meteorologist John Winter and Major League Baseball player Casey Kotchman.
The most popular community in Seminole is arguably the senior-focused Seminole Garden Apartments Community, which is positioned halfway between Clearwater and St. Petersburg. It offers individuals aged 55 years or older a great environment for serene living and amazing opportunity to socialize with peers. The community, which was established early 1970s, has a beautiful landscape and provides convenient access to major tourist attractions in the area.
The Seminole Water Tower is a major landmark in the city and is considered excellent by residents for giving directions. Other attractions around the area include Seminole City Park, Seminole City Hall, Museum of Seminole County History, and Black Bear Wilderness Area.
There is no shortage of fun activities to do in Seminole. You can go on a visit to one of several translucent natural springs in the area or treat yourself to greyhound racing or horseback riding. There are also several wildlife and birding events for both residents and visitors to get pleasure from. With its proximity to water bodies, including the Seminole Lake, the city is great for enjoying waterfront activities. It also offers opportunities for great shopping and dining.
With the easy access it provides to many popular towns and cities in the Tampa area, Seminole is a great place to live or work. It is especially great for older individuals, with a popular community dedicated to seniors who desire a tranquil environment to live.