About Gainesville Florida


Gainesville is the largest city in, and the county seat of, Alachua County. Alachua can be a little intimidating to pronounce, but here is the easy way to say it: A-latch-ew-A.  Maybe hard to say, but a great place to live! It serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the North Central Florida Region. The City of Gainesville provides a full range of municipal services, including police and fire protection; comprehensive land use planning and zoning services; code enforcement and neighborhood improvement; streets and drainage construction and maintenance; traffic engineering services; refuse and recycling services; recreation and parks; cultural and nature services; and necessary administrative services to support these activities. Additionally, the City owns a regional transit system, a municipal airport, a par-72 championship golf course and a nationally recognized, award winning utility, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU).

    Gainesville is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, the University of Florida. UF and UFHealth/Shands are the leading employers in Gainesville. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, the City of Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and historic areas make it a unique and special place with the sophistication and culture found in a big city and the natural resources and beauty of a much smaller town. Because of its beautiful landscape and protected tree canopy, Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida.


 Statistics of Gainesville Florida

Area: approximately 61 square miles
Climate: Mild winters, warm summers, 255-day growing season,
Average of 2,800 hours of sunshine annually
January average high temperature: 65 F
June average high temperature: 89 F
Average rainfall is 35 inches per year.
The area basks in Gulf breezes that make summer days warm and nights cool, and produce dry and mild winters.
According to the 
National Weather Service.
Population: 124,354 (256,232 Alachua County) estimated as of 2010 by the US Census Bureau
Median Age: 27
Households: 87,509
Median Household Income: $31,426

6% retail sales tax (food and medicine exempt)
Homestead Exemption - $50,000, additional $25,000 for seniors

No state personal income tax
No state inheritance tax
No franchise tax
No inventory tax

Industry: From agricultural to manufacturing, academic research, health care, corporate infrastructure, biotechnology and many small businesses
Location: North Central Florida and I-75
Major Cities within 2 hours: Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Orlando, Tallahassee
Beaches within 75 miles: Cedar Key and St. Augustine
Theme Parks within a 2-hour drive: Disney WorldUniversal Studios and Busch Gardens
Home of: The University of Florida, The Gainesville Racewayand The Gatornationals (NHRA), Santa Fe College
Famous Residents past and present: Bo Diddley, Tom Petty, Don Felder, Bernie Leadon, River Phoenix, Malcolm Gets, Harry Crews, Marty Liquori, Gabriel Schwartzman, Peter Taylor, Mary McCauley, Joe Haldeman, Bob Vila, Maya Rudolph, Joe Clarke 
Notable Firsts: Gatorade

Movies filmed in and around Gainesville Florida:

Just Cause (UF), Doc Hollywood (Micanopy), Parenthood (Gainesville), Double Jeopardy, Devil's Advocate (A scene near Shenandoah), The Hawk is Dying (Gainesville), Cross Creek and The Yearling (Cross Creek), Gal Young 'Un (Haile Plantation Gainesville)