The Villages is one of the largest retirement communities in the US – 2018 consensus estimated that their Florida location had 128,750 total residents. It even had a documentary made about it called “Some Kind of Heaven” which was released in 2021.
The campus is made up of 17 special purpose Community Development Districts (or CDD). There are three town squares (Brownwood, Spanish Springs & Lake Sumter) – each location has its own stores, restaurants, and open-air plazas featuring free nightly entertainment.
A centerpiece at The Villages is its variety of golf courses. Residents agree that the ability to play “Free Golf for Life” is a major part of The Villages advertising campaigns. As of February 2019 The Villages operates 50 golf courses.