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Who is the next person You know who wants to Retire in Florida?

          Gainesville  and Alachua County, and nearby cities and counties, are becoming one of the top retirement areas in Florida and the United States for Active Seniors.   Take a look at the Attractions & Events  page and the  About Gainesville Florida page for numerous reasons to live and retire here.

         Bert Sperling’s book "Cities Ranked and Rated" (Second Edition) ranked
Gainesville, Florida as Number 1 for its High Quality of Life.  It has the same characteristics today.  The facilities, activities, recreation, restaurants, stores, culture, history, and attractive climate are here.  Look up Gainesville at Sperling's Best Places.

         According to Warren Bland’s book “Retire In Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada” Gainesville, FL is ranked Number 4 in the “Top 10 Best College Towns for Retirement and Number 16 for “Overall Retirement Quality.” He also ranked
Gainesville as Number 8 for “Best Retirement Value.”

         Where to Retire Magazine highlighted Gainesville, Florida's Arts & Entertainment, Activities, College Sports, Outdoor Recreation, Museums, Abundance of Trees, and Growth in Creative Class Jobs over the next decade.  These predictions are currently being realized. 

         Gainesville, Florida has been ranked Number 11 on AARP's (
) "The 15 Best Places to Re-invent Your Life" and ranked Number 8 in the “Top Ten Value Towns for Those Considering Retirement."   Gainesville remains a great value today.  Opportunities for part-time jobs are here for retirees and full-time employment is here for those who wish to remain in the work force.
         Gainesville was named one of the "Top Ten Value Towns" for active adults 55+ by and "One of The Best Places To Retire" by  You can also find retirement information at  A list of "55 and Older Communities" is at

         Smart Money Magazine ( ranked
Gainesville, Florida the "Top City in the Country to Retire" (Number 1) to during an economic turndown.  It's also a great place to live during good economic times.  The Less Expensive cost of living is a boon to retirement.

         Smithsonian Magazine
) ranked Gainesville in its Top 15 places as “Culturally-Attuned for Retirement.” They noted that it is a Dream Place for the Arts” because there is a vibrant arts scene for a city its size.  The cultural and artistic scene has continued to thrive and grow and is more lively and diverse today than ever before.

and ranked Gainesville FL as the Best Medium Sized metro area for Military Retirees in their "Best Places for Military Retirement" because of its VA Hospital (Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center), affordable home prices, NO State Income Tax, No Pension Tax, temperate climate, and proximity to the Jacksonville Naval Air Station commissary and base exchange.

USAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heros program ranked the Gainesville Metro Area as the 8th Best Place for Veterans: Military Retirement of all U.S. Cities of all sizes.  There are more opportunities to maximize military retiree benefits and find employment that aligns with military skills.  VA Healthcare and additional Health Resources, Military Base Proximity, No Tax on Military Pensions, Low Unemployment Rate, Military Skills Jobs, Government Jobs, Supervisor - Manager Jobs, were some of the variables.

         Among many positive attributes, it has a relatively
Low Cost of Living, it is a lively college town, and still has much of its original southern charmGainesville has big city amenities and small town qualities in a medium city environment.  There is a High Quality of Life and Educational Opportunities for All Age Groups :

         Gainesville, FL is also a
Bike Friendly Community.  There is a large bicycle riding population of all ages.


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        Seniors 65 years and older who qualify for Homestead Exemption and have reduced income can receive an additional property tax reduction.

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          Whether you consider yourself a Senior, a Boomer, Mature, Elderly, or an Older Adult, there is something, actually many things, to keep you feeling young, in good health, entertained, and educated in Gainesville, FL.  There is a well equipped Senior Center, many sources of High-Speed Internet, and many affordable nice small and medium homes for downsizing.

            Gainesville is located in the center of North-Central Florida, The Heart of Florida, having easy access to the Gulf and Atlantic beaches, and the cities and tourist attractions of Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach.  The inland location in the north part of state has insulated it from the worst effect of hurricanes so it has much lower property insurance rates than most other Florida areas.  

         The University of Florida (UF) (, established in 1906, is one of the largest universities in the nation and brings
Gainesville a full range of educational and cultural opportunities and WORLD CLASS MEDICAL FACILITIES at UF Health (Shands Hospital). The UF GATORS athletic events provide excitement and entertainment for everyone.
          The University of Florida Institute of Aging, 
UF Institute of Aginghas a mission to Improve the Health and Quality of Life for Adults 65 Years and Older and it currently has over 50 active research projects.    

Santa Fe College (SFC) has several campuses in the North Florida region and actively recruits older, mature, senior citizen retirees for part-time teaching and administrative positions.  SFC is your "Pathway to Lifelong Learning."

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            Both UF and SFC provide continuing education, art exhibits, cultural programs, lectures, movies, and community benefits to all age groups. Senior Citizens and Retirees have the opportunity to enroll in classes (classroom and in the field) that cover almost all fields of study.

            On the UF campus is the Florida Museum of Natural History and the UF Observatory.  
            The Santa Fe Community College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium ( and Teaching Zoo ( have programs for all ages.

            Live entertainment, plays, shows, and concerts to appeal to every taste are continuously available in many performing arts centers and theaters located in the city and on campus. Art museums and galleries bound for a city this size.  Arts and crafts festivals occur in almost every month of the year.


            UF Health (Shands) UF Health, previously known as UF & Shands, has a worldwide reputation for leading research and quality care in numerous fields.   It is Florida's premier academic health center.  Shands and UF have teamed up to combine medical research, medical care, and teaching. The Shands & UF Health system includes Shands Hospital at the University of Florida (Shands at UF, Gainesville), Shands Rehab Hospital (Gainesville), Shands at Starke, Shands at Lake City, Shands at Live Oak, and several Community Clinics and Emergency Rooms.

            Senior Care information is available at UF Health Senior Care

            Additional Hospitals serving North Central Florida are North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC Gainesville, which has over 2,000 employees and more than 500 physicians on its medical staff, Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Hospital (Gainesville,, Community Cancer Center of North Florida (Gainesville and Lake City,, Nature Coast Hospital (Williston), Munroe Regional Medical Center (Ocala,, Ocala Regional Medical Center (Ocala,, and West Marion Community Hospital.


          The annual Gainesville Senior Health Care Fair at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center at Northside Park occurs every October is sponsered by UF Health and North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC).  Information is provided for Home Health Care, Hospice, Durable Medical Equipment, Infusion Services, Diagnostic Testing, Physical Rehabilitation, Senior Living Communities, and more.  Free Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations are also available.

Community Coalition for Older Adults (CCOA) works with Alachua County and UF Health to schedule monthly meetings, town halls, and summits that are Free and Open to the Public.

          There is a state
Elder Helpline that provides assistance with finding resources for Home Repairs, Safety, Medical Services, and more.  The local Area Agency on Aging helps seniors with similar services and each of the 10 counties surrounding Gainesville have Elder Helplines.

          Gainesville, Florida is the largest of the four Silver Medal winning Bicycle Friendly Communities in the state.  The college town atmosphere makes bicycling an obvious choice and is the preferred method of transportation for many students and retirees alike.  There are almost 80 miles of bike lanes, and 40 miles of paths and trails throughout the City of Gainesville and surrounding Alachua County.  The State of Florida has a bike trail system that connects many cities including the Gainesville-Hawthorne and Archer Braid Trails.  This area has a number of excellent award winning bicycle shops and clubs.  Staying fit and enjoying nature go along well with getting from point A to point B.


          The annual Gainesville Senior Games began in the year 2000 and enables amateur athletes over 50 years old to compete in Golf, Walking, Track and Field, Archery, Shuffleboard, Basketball, Cycling, Swimming, Ping Pong, Bowling, Card Games (Bingo, Poker, Bridge) and more.

          Age groups are divided by 5 year intervals.  This competition is sponsered by UF Health and the Gainesville Sports Commission.

The Gainesville Sports Commission 
hosts major world class championship
events for amateur and professional
athletes of
all age groups.  
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             Gainesville is surrounded by natural recreation and
conservation areas.  The Alachua County government and many private
land preservation organizations have worked together to purchase large
tracts that now form an
"emerald ribbon" around the south, east, and
north sides of the urban area. A half hour drive to the southeast is the

Ocala National Forest  

            There are 8 golf courses and numerous parks, recreational
facilities, and hiking and bicycle trails in and near the city and many
more Golf Courses in the neighboring counties. 

Gainesville has warm winters and hot summers with a
255 – 260 day growing season.  The climate straddles the
humid sub-tropical and temperate regions so there is a vast
diversity of plant life .  Both tropical and temperate trees, shrubs,
and flowers grow well.  Something is blooming at any time of the
year.  There are enough cold days and freezing nights in the
autumn and winter to bring  leaf
color to the deciduous trees .  

            The local taxes are somewhat higher than other cities and
counties because much of the land in Alachua County is in public
ownership making the property tax base relatively small.  However,
there is
 NO Personal INCOME TAX  in Florida and other costs of
living, such as housing, are considerably lower. 

The Gainesville area real estate market is comparatively more
stable than Central and South Florida.  Home and land prices tend to
be less cyclical, less volatile, and much more affordable.
choices available include single-family homes, condominium flats
and townhouses, mobile homes, and retirement communities.

          Gainesville has less traffic compared to other Florida cities.
Except for short rush hours in the morning and evening the
roads are
usually uncongested
(except when there is a UF Football Game)
The average commute times are much lower than most cities in 
Florida and the United States.

         The Gainesville Bus System Gainesville Regional Transit
System (RTS)
( is the fourth largest mass
transit system in
Florida and covers the entire urban area Monday
through Saturday.  Univeristy of Florida and Santa Fe College
students ride free, which takes a large number of cars off the
roads, significantly reducing traffic.

           Greyhound ( provides intercity and
interstate bus service.

          The Gainesville Regional Airport (
is in the city limits and has regularly scheduled daily service to

Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, and Tampa. There is also on-demand service
to numerous other cities.  
          Nearby larger airports for national and International flights are: 

Jacksonville International (

Orlando International (

Tampa International ( 

Amtrak ( serves
Gainesville with Intercity Train Service through Waldo, Florida, 14 miles to the northeast.   Two
shuttle buses connect the city to the passenger railroad station daily.


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Senior Citizen Living, Groups,

Programs & Services

           In addition to the following agencies there are over 35 more
social service and volunteer organizations located in and near
Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Starke, and Palatka, Florida that
Empower Seniors and Elderly Adults

AARP Alachua County Employment Program

AARP Tax-Aide

Alachua County ATC Transport 

Alachua County Center for Aging Resources

County Center for Independent Living

County Foster Grandparent Program

Alachua County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens)  

Clay County Council on Aging

Community Coalition of Older Adults

Eldercare of
Alachua County

Employ Florida, Silver Edition 

Florida Adult Services

Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging, dba Elder Options
352-378-6649  or  1-800-262-2243

Oak Hammock at the
University of Florida

A Life Fulfilling Community® on 136 acres providing
lifelong learning, fitness and health programs, and on-site
assisted living.  There are individual club homes, villas, and low-noise residences.

Prime Time Institute

Social Security Administration

The Atrium of
Gainesville Community
 (Over 55 (55+) Community)

The Village (Over 55 (55+) Community)

Turkey Creek Forest (Over 55 (55+) Community)

Volunteer Match 

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          Useful Information for Seniors, Current Retirees, Retired and 
Pre-Retirement Persons:

Senior Health Care:

Wired Seniors Websites:
  Hub that connects to a network of related
sites such as  and

National Institute on Aging:  Helpful U.S. Government Links:

National Council on the Aging:  Check YOUR Benefits: 

Third Age:  A community of active older adults featuring
information on health, romance, technology, investing, and travel.

Grandma Betty:  Over 1,000 Information Sources & Products for
Baby Boomers and Seniors:

Senior Link:  National eldercare resource, referral and consultation
service for seniors and their families:

Senior Site:  Online community for seniors and their families:

Today's Seniors:  Features advice, tips, and articles about retirement,
personal finances, Medicare, and more:

Senior Service Directory:  Senior services directory and online portal
of senior-related products and useful information:

Love To Know:  Information resource guide for senior citizens, including health, retirement living, estate planning, activities, and more:

Elder One Stop:  Online resource giving information for seniors, elderly, caregivers, and families: 

Age Venture:  Reporting lifestyle trends of Baby Boomers and Retirees:

SHINE, Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders:  Trained counselors
help with insurance decisions.
Florida SHINE   1-800-963-5337. 

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          Many retirees and "Baby Boomers" choose a Condominium or Townhome for retirement living.  A CONDO or TOWNHOUSE can be a smart way to downsize from a typical family home to a unit more suited to a single or a couple with an empty nest.

attached unit can be a less expensive alternative, located in town or the suburbs, and have lower maintenance than a home or house.

          Sometimes the best time to buy your condo is while you are still working,
before you retire.  Then it is partially or completely paid off and ready for your use when needed.

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