Gainesville is the home of the University of Florida, one of the 10 largest universities in the U.S. (enrollment 52,000). The town has many attractions for active adults; in fact it was named as one of the “Top Ten Value Towns” of 2007 for active adults 55+. It has a reputation for being medium sized (population 104,000) inexpensive, a lively college town, and still possessing southern charm. Gainesville is located in the center of northern Florida with easy access to the cities and Atlantic beaches of St. Augustine and Jacksonville.
Since 1906 the university has brought the town a youthful population, cultural opportunities, and world class medical facilities. Gatorade was invented in Gainesville for the benefit of the UF football team. Historic preservation, or more precisely its lack, has been the focus of much controversy here. However, there has been a "New Urbanization" plan and redevelopment over the last several years to revitalize run-down portions of the area between the historic Downtown and the University of Florida. Active adults 55+ who love the excitement of a college town (Go Gators!) will enjoy an interesting community here.
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