Congratulations to the City of Gainesville, University of Florida and Alachua County! Not only can we count three NCAA titles for UF's Basketball and Football teams, but we have ranked No. 1 as the top city in North America. According to Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd Edition, Gainesville is the top city out of 400 metro areas evaluated in the United States and Canada. They compared 10 categories: economy, cost of living, climate, education, healthcare, crime, transportation, leisure, arts & culture, and quality of life.
Gainesville was rated the 34th Best City to Live. According to Liveability.com Gainesville is ranked 34 out of 100 cities in its' 2013 Best Places to Live poll. Gainesville was ranked number 2 out of college towns and scored the highest for its healthcare options and second for amenities like culture, recreation, entertainment and healthy living.
NuWireINVESTOR named Gainesville the No. 3 Small College Town for Investment. They considered the median price of a home listed in the MLS for the area ($198,000 at the time) and its great location to the rest of the state.
The AARP ranked Gainesville as No. 11 in its' list of "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life." The research was based on the following 10 criteria: availability of jobs, affordable of housing, culture & entertainment, access to outdoor recreation, safety, colleges & universities, sense of community, proximity to well regarded healthcare facilities, good public schools, and ease of getting around.
National Geographic's Adventure Magazine names Gainesville among the top 50 Best Places to Live and Play. The main criteria in their list was the availability of outdoor recreational activities. It is not hard to imagine with great state parks throughout the area you will find swimming, tubing, cave diving, and great opportunities to explore nature. We have extensive hiking and riding trails too.
Popular Science Magazine ranked Gainesville the most technologically advanced city in Florida and 30th in the nation.
According to American Style Magazine, Gainesville's Downtown Festival and Art Show was ranked in the top 10 in the country. This annual event is held one weekend of the year. Located in the SW quadrant of downtown, the festival features over 250 artists and many of them hail from Florida.
Forbes named Gainesville the No. 12 city in its' rankings of the "Best Places for Business and Careers." Forbes has also recently named Gainesville the 22nd Smartest City in America. In 2012 Gainesville was ranked #1 for Business and Careers in Florida.
In 1995, Gainesville was ranked the No. 1 Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine.
The National Arbor Day Foundation has designated Gainesville as Tree City USA for 26 consecutive years. In addition, the City was presented a Growth Award in recognition of the special efforts of the Nature Operations Division in 2009.
In 2010, The Advocate named Gainesville Florida one of the Top 15 Gayest Cities in America (no. 11).