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.
For recreation, Chiefland has several fine parks and a variety of youth league sports. The recently created Strickland Park is one of the finest facilities in the state for a city of Chiefland's size. The downtown Chief Theatre on East Park Avenue is home to the Suwannee Valley Players, a local group of thespians who put on plays for the enjoyment of local citizens. The group stages productions four to six times per year, usually for multiple showings. Chiefland is also considered the home of beautiful Manatee Springs State Park and is within easy driving distance of other natural attractions in the area. The city has two fine hotels that are often filled with tourists interested in exploring the local environment. Just outside of the city, Chiefland Golf and Country Club offers the best golfing experience in the Tri-County area. Set in a lovely landscape, club members have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years to improve the greens and offer a more challenging course.