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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Gainesville named a good place for retirees

Forbes has released its 25 Best Places To Retire, and the location of the Gator Nation clinched a spot on the list.

The list consists of cities throughout the country.

It includes three other Florida cities: Jacksonville, Clearwater and Orlando.

Gainesville is a top destination to retire in because of the cheap cost of living, above average air quality and the good weather, according to Forbes.

“We are blessed with an active and vibrant cultural scene,” City of Gainesville spokesman Bob Woods said. “There’s something to do for everyone — young and old.”

Woods said many retirees are drawn to the city because of the climate, close proximity to the beach and UF.

“The University of Florida is a flagship institution for the state of Florida and clearly is the host for a number of cultural events that take place throughout the year,” Woods said.

The Atrium at Gainesville retirement living community makes sure residents still get to participate in activities that keep them feeling young.

Enrichment coordinator Courtney South said residents get the opportunity to attend Gators baseball games and cheer on the team.

“It really gives them that reminiscing factor of enjoying things they used to do,” she said.

South said she believes many senior citizens come to Gainesville because there isn’t as much hustle and bustle as in bigger Florida cities.

“I feel like it gives them a more relaxing atmosphere while still being able to be busy,” South said.

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Other cities on the list include Asheville, N.C.; Austin, Texas; and Baton Rouge, La.

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