The county in Florida with the highest percentage of residents 65 years old or older is Sumter County. It's home to Bushnell and The Villages, which is a massive 55 and older community.
Sumter County is located to the northwest of Orlando. It's about 56 miles from downtown Orlando and about 62 miles from downtown Tampa. The location is also just south of Ocala, Florida.
The healthcare and retail industries dominate throughout Sumter County. Only a few large employers are found here with many small businesses and smaller employers found throughout.
The top employers in Sumter County include:
Many of the employers throughout the area tend to cater to the large population of retirees.
Plenty of things to do are found throughout Sumter County. Those choosing to live in The Villages will find many amenities right in their own community including recreation, events, shopping, dining, and so much more.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is found here with plenty of history to explore. The park offers a visitor’s center, plenty of wildlife throughout, and a battlefield you can enjoy.
Plenty of recreation is found throughout with air boating tours, aviation lessons, baseball, basketball, boating, camping, fishing, golf, equestrian activities, and so much more. No matter the type of activity you enjoy doing; you're likely to find it in Sumter County, Florida.
With such a large number of retirees throughout, the county is home to many shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment options, and flea markets. Several theaters are found throughout including the Barnstorm Theater and The Studio Theatre. Residents can also enjoy many other entertainment options including the Backyard Barn Winery and Microbrewery, Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Centers, and several town squares and town centers with entertainment options.
While the county offers several town squares with shopping, dining, and entertainment, it's also known for the flea and farmers' markets. The Sumter County Farmers Market is known as the largest and oldest in Florida. In addition, the county is home to the Webster’s Flea Market District, which offers another one of the oldest and largest in the state.
Some of the other attractions found in Sumter County include:
The county is home to many other things to do including plenty of biking opportunities and many walking trials. It's full of great activities and excellent events held throughout the year. From community classes to annual festivals, it's a hot spot for fun events perfect for visitors and those planning to move to the area.
Since The Villages located in Sumter County, it has become a very popular place for snowbirds and retirees. It's also known for the Equestrian activities available and the excellent camping and RV opportunities throughout.