Chiefland : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Chiefland

Chiefland is a small town of 2300 in northern Florida between the Gulf and Gainesville. This part of Florida is not nearly as developed as the southern portions of the state - Chiefland is a small  town and somewhat rural. The town was FL Rural Community of the year in 2000.  Chiefland Golf & Country Club is in town.

Where to Retire in Chiefland and Home Prices

There is at least one unusual active adult community in Chiefland, a community dedicated to astronomy (see link at top left).
The median home value in early 2022 was $118,201, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Chiefland

Prices are low and so is development pressure, at least until now.  Chiefland was the Florida Rural Community of the year in 2000. Manatee State Park is nearby. The skies are clear for viewing the stars.

What Is Not Special about Chiefland

Crime is high for such a small town.  In 2017 there were 27 sex offenders in a town with a population of just 2300 - a very high ratio. Chiefland is remote.


Who Will Like Retirement in Chiefland

People who like the old Florida and want a small town experience might like Chiefland.  It is not for someone from the northeast looking for a lot to do.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Agriculture is important to the Chiefland economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Chiefland is 30 miles west of Gainesville towards the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida.  Winters are mild (but not as warm as southern Florida) and summers hot.  The July average high is 93, the January avg. high is 69, and the average January low is 43. August is the wettest month with 10" of rain.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The downtown Chief Theatre on East Park Avenue is home to the Suwannee Valley Players, a local group of thespians who put on plays for the enjoyment of the local citizens.  The group stages productions four to six time per year, usually for mulitple showings.



Crime in Chiefland is over two thirds higher than the national average.


Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Williston and Gainesville (about 31 miles).


Gainesville Regional Airport is 43 miles away;  Jacksonville'a  International airport is about 120 miles away.


Valuable Links

Chiefland on Wikipedia


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