101 Interesting Facts about The Villages FL

101 Really Cool Facts about The Villages FL

The Villages is an amazing active adult community located just North of Orlando. In many respects there are so many features and amenities we felt it was worth compiling some of these facts in one list. Enjoy!

1) The population of The Villages is currently over 81,000 (The population crossed 81,000 in September 2010)
2) The current number of rooftops is over 42,000 and rapidly approaching 55,000
3) New home sales continue at approximately 200-250 per month
4) Pre-owned home sales are currently averaging 100 per month
5) In the 1st quarter of 2011 543 new homes were sold
6) New home sales in the 1st quarter of 2011 were up 7% over the prior year
7) 1st quarter 2011 pre-owned (re-sales) home sales were up 10% over the prior year
8 ) When The Villages opened up home sales South of 466A – 55 homes sold in 1st eight days
9) There are roughly 67 Villages
10) Villages range in size from 100 homes to 1550 homes (Duval is the largest with 1550)
11) The Villages property area covers 32 square miles
12) There are approximately 90 miles of golf cart paths
13) The Villages occupies parts of 3 counties in Florida (Lake, Sumter & Marion)
14) The population of the Villages grows by approximately 4,500 annually
15) Currently there are 2 town squares (Lake Sumter Landing & Spanish Springs) with a 3rd town square under construction (Brownwood)
16) There are 10 commercial areas (Lake Sumter Landing, Spanish Springs, La Plaza Grande, Buffalo Ridge, Colony Plaza, Southern Trace, Spanish Plaines, Mulberry Grove, Brownwood Paddock Square (Coming Soon – 2012), Antrim Dells (will be next to Brownwood Square and will be a 500,000 sq ft power center)
17) Commercial property at the Villages FL averages a 97% occupancy rate
18) In the last two years The Villages FL signed 107 leases for new businesses
19) 98% of Villagers recommend The Villages to their friends & family
20) There are over 1800 organized clubs
21) 57 recreation centers
22) 8 regional recreation centers
23) 18 Village recreation centers
24) 31 Neighborhood recreation centers
25) 65 swimming pools
26) 4 fitness centers
27) 9 Country Clubs (7 with pools – Arnold Palmer & Tierra Del Sol do not have pools)
28) 29 executive golf courses
29) By final build out The Villages will operate 12 country-club championship courses (the last three will be 27-hole layouts
30) By final build out The Villages will have 35 9-hole executive golf course
31) At final build out The Villages FL will have a total of 621 holes of golf.
32) 486 total golf holes
33) There are 281 par three holes of golf in The Villages (51 on Championship and 230 on Executive Golf Courses)
34) There are 30 par 4’s on Executive Courses and one par 5 (Amberwood #6 is a par 5)
35) A par round for “The Villages” would be 1714. Par for all executive holes would be 815 and Championship would be 899
36) There are 140,806 yards (80 miles) of golf available in The Villages (from back tees) Championship Golf Holes total 48.8 miles and Executive Course holes total 31.2 miles
37) Cane Gardens’ Allamanda/Jacaranda (3606/3583 yards) from the back tees is nine yards longer than Palmer Legends’ Cherry Hill/Laurel Valley(3541/3639 yards)
38) With 9 Championship and 29 Executive Golf Courses The Villages exceeds the second largest golf facility in the world, Mission Hills in China, which as 216 holes.
39) 276 golfers shot their age in 2010
40) Total shoot-your-age rounds in The Villages totaled 1036
41) There were 1,630 holes-in-one in The Villages in 2010
42) There are over 50,000 golf carts in The Villages
43) Golf carts are the vehicle of choice in The Villages
44) 315 Holes of golf in The Villages have Received Audubon International’s Silver Certified Sanctuary Designation At The Villages (read about it on Florida Golf Magazine’s website)
45)Villagers play 5200 softball games each year
46) There are three softball seasons
47) Men’s & Women’s softball leagues total 17
48) There are 213 softball teams
49) More than 100 tennis courts
50) Over 100 pickleball courts
51) Golf Management Systems statistically estimates that golf balls lost in 2010 total approximately 5,466,106 (WOW!)
52) There are 4 water towers in The Villages
53) 1105 miles of water mains
54) 427 miles of fresh water mains
55) 450 miles of waste water mains
56) 228 miles of irrigation water mains
57) There are 7645 manholes in The Villages
58) The Villages population is larger than 93.4% of the municipalities in Florida (28th largest of 411)
59) At build-out the population of The Villages will make it the 14th largest municipality in Florida
60) The Villages population is larger than 31 of the 67 counties in Florida
61) There are 3 dog parks in The Villages (Paradise, Mulberry, & Brinson-Perry)
62) Homes prices range from $100,000 to over 1 million dollars
63) The Villages hospital started 8 years ago with 60 beds and now there are over 200 beds in The Villages Health System
64) The Villages is home to a 99,000 sq foot VA Outpatient Clinic
65) The Villages hospital will have a comprehensive stand alone cancer center when the Moffet Cancer Center is completed
66) There are seven major grocery stores
67) Over 100 dining choices (not including the country clubs)
68) Last year The Villages added $30 million dollars to the Sumter County tax base
69) In 2010 there were 717,124 championship rounds of golf played in The Villages
70) Average rounds of golf were 57,370 per course which is almost twice the nationwide average
71) In 2010 there were 1,657,367 executive golf rounds played in The Villages
72) 9 hole golf courses averaged 59,192 rounds of golf
73) Executive golf rounds played in The Villages were 3.5 times the national average
74) All homes must be occupied by at least one person who is 55 years of age or older.
75) Persons under the age of 19 years are not permitted to reside within The Villages but may visit for a maximum of 30 days per year unless an exemption is grant
76) 3 subdivisions are designated as “family units” and are not subject to the under-19 restriction.
77) The majority of The Villages is developed and maintained using several Community Development Districts
78) around 225 communities in Florida currently use this form of government
79) The Villages currently operates 12 CDD’s
80) Ten of the 12 CDD’s cover the various areas of The Villages where residents own homes, and provide and maintain the roads and transportation paths, storm water systems and structures, underground utilities, curbs and gutters, and street lights.
81) The remaining two CDD’s are:Village Center Community Development District -(VCCDD) & Sumter Landing Community Development District
82) There are also two homeowners associations in The Villages: The Property Owners Association (POA) and The Villages Homeowners Association (VHA).
83) The Villages has it’s own Polo stadium and Polo leagues
84) The Villages has it’s own radio station
85) The Villages also has it’s own television station
86) The Daily Sun is The Villages newspaper
87) Over 12,000 people work in The Villages, or for businesses in the thriving community
88) The Villages has it’s own Charter School for employees that allows a student to attend from Pre-k3 through High School
89) 93% of students at The Villages Charter School advance to higher education
90) The Villages Charter School is an A rated High School with 99% of students graduating
91) The Villages Charter School has over 2100 students per year and it’s growing fast with a new Early Childhood Center being constructed for 2011
92) The Villages Charter School has been an A rated High School for the last 5 years
93) The Villages operates it’s own Lifelong Learning College for residents.
94) The Lifelong Learning College has on average 500 courses each semester
95) The Lifelong Learning College has about 18,000 residents attend around 25,000 sessions each year.
96) Each year The Villages mails resident surveys to obtain recommendations for improvements
97) The Villages has six fire stations with the seventh fire station currently under construction in the Brownwood area
98) The Villages is planned to be home to 2.7 million square feet of commercial buildings and retail tenants
99) The Villages is the safest single site development in the country with the lowest crime rate
100) Approximately 150,000 people travel through the community each day along it’s busiest corridor US441/27
101) There are 1,915 residential streets North of CR466A in The Villages

Sources of information are: The Villages Homeowners Association (VHA website), Wikipedia, Villages Commercial Property Management Website
Information as of April 2011

We have updated this list with our post from May 2012.   For the updated listing please feel free to visit our 100+ Interesting Facts about The Villages FL.

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