College towns are great places to retire, and Gainesville ranks among the top 10 according to a Kiplinger study. Offering intellectual stimulation, cultural events, athletic activities year-round and a chance for alumni to relive glory days or take classes they skipped, university towns offer unlimited retirement options.
Most in-state universities are tax-friendly to retirees, have moderate to low housing costs and are at or below the national average for cost of living according to the Kiplinger report. Another plus is the access to great healthcare.
With a median home price of $169,000 and a cost of living index of 991, Gainesville was ranked the fifth best college town in which to retire. The Kiplinger report mentions the University of Florida’s nationally ranked sports team, Gainesville’s 13 museums and galleries, a thriving downtown scene, and plenty of outdoor activities as opportunities for retirees. The study also states residents 60 years of age or older can take free classes at UF, space permitting, and any number of classes at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Oak Hammock.