The “Gem of the Suwannee Valley,” Chiefland offers many different facets of quality living that make it one of the best places to live in Florida. Winner of the 2000 Florida Rural Community of the Year Award, the city of 2,000 residents – with thousands more nearby in the Greater Chiefland area- enjoys the best of two different worlds. Chiefland has largely remained true to its rural heritage. Farming is still an important way of life, and many newcomers have chosen to settle in the area to enjoy the peaceful, pastoral lifestyle amid some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the country.
Southern hospitality still prevails in Chiefland as well. The city’s kind and gentle spirit is rooted in the strong participation in a wide variety of churches by many of its citizens. However, the city is also enjoying an unprecedented economic boom. The success of several major chain stores has helped to make Chiefland the commercial hub of the Tri-County area as businesses offering all manner of services have sprung up along the U.S. Highway 19 corridor. While area residents once had to travel as far away as Gainesville for many of their shopping needs, Chiefland has grown to the point where competition for sales of goods and services draw thousands of consumers to city businesses each day. Competition among professional services has also increased, bringing local citizens a wider variety of options in fields such as health care.
The City of Chiefland’s City Hall is located at 214 east Park Avenue. City Hall Hours are Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Friday). Phone: 352-493-6711. https://chiefland.govoffice.com
Visiting Chiefland? Consider stopping by the Welcome Center in the Historic Train Depot Building at 23 SE 2nd Avenue. The Welcome Center’s hours are generally 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday – Friday. It is best to call ahead if you plan to visit. 352-493-1849. We have maps and plenty of area brochures and info if you are visiting or moving to the area.
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