Gainesville, Georgia (population 36,000) impressed any number of people as a potential retirement community in 1996 when some of the Olympic canoeing and rowing events were held near here on Lake Lanier. The combination of a small city on a lake has lead many active adults here in quest of the perfect active adult community. Located in northern Georgia with a mild four season climate, Gainesville is the gateway to the excellent recreational opportunities of the nearby Appalachian Mountain forests. The downtown features a number of attractive art deco style government buildings built after a 1936 tornado. Gainesville is the county seat of Hall County. Picture of Downtown Gainesville courtesy of Wikipedia and Thomson200.
Many residents came here as workers or executives in large poultry industry: Gainesville is known as the “chicken capital of the world”. Others live here and commute to Atlanta, 54 miles away.
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