According to a review of five-year changes in violent crime rates in 283 U.S. metro areas, The Villages metro area has the fastest growing violent crime rate in the state of Florida.
Website 24/7 Wall Street looked at metros that have comparable data to identify, in every state, the area where crime is climbing fastest, and found that The Villages metro area’s violent crime rate shot up by 35.7 percent over the last 5 years.
Some important things to keep in mind here.
First, is that this review is looking at the entire “metro area” and not necessarily just The Villages proper.
Second, is that The Villages metro area has been one of the fastest growing areas of the country for years, so it stands to reason that this would make all manner of statistics go up as well.
Last but not least, I had a professor in college who said something along the lines of “a good statistician can make numbers tell whatever story they want” so there could be some of that going on here as well. – USA Today
In other news…
Gatorade was created by a team of scientists at The University of Florida, about 60 miles north of The Villages. The team was led by a scientist named Dr. Robert Cade. You may have known some or all of that story, but what you might not know is that Dr. Cade invented a lesser known second drink called Cholesterade, designed to help lower cholesterol, and the drink is now being tested by one doctor working with about 200 women in The Villages. – Tampa Bay Times
This one is for all of you history buffs out there. Two prominent building in The Villages are the Sharon L. Morse Medical Center, and the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center, affectionately known as “The Sharon”. But you might not know who Sharon L. Morse was or what role she played in The Villages’ development. Villages-News has a great article on this important figure in The Villages history. – Villages-News