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Gainesville Facts


Gainesville   is the largest city and county seat of Alachua County . It serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the North Central Florida Region. The City 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 through a franchised operator; 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 72-par championship golf course, and a utility.

Gainesville is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. The University of Florida and Shands Hospital are the leading employers in Gainesville and provide jobs for many residents of surrounding counties. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville 's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban "forest," Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida . Some of the awards and recognitions Gainesville and its community has received in recent years include:



Gainesville Quick Facts


approximately 54 Square Miles


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.


Population 128,460 (247,336 Countywide) estimated as of 2014 by the BEBR
Males: 46,666 (48.9%), Females: 48,781 (51.1%)

Alachua County

Zip codes: 32601 , 32603 , 32605 , 32606 , 32607 , 32608 , 32609 , 32641 , 32653 .


Median resident age: 27 years

Median household income: $46,949


Median house value: $150,000 (year 2016)

Races in Gainesville :

  • White Non-Hispanic (64.1%)
  • Black (23.2%)
  • Hispanic (6.4%)
  • Two or more races (2.2%)
  • Other race (1.5%)
  • Chinese (1.4%)
  • Asian Indian (1.1%)
  • American Indian (0.7%)
  • Korean (0.5%)



For population 25 years and over in Gainesville

  • High school or higher: 87.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 42.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 22.2%
  • Unemployed: 9.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Gainesville

  • Never married: 49.1%
  • Now married: 35.0%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 4.7%
  • Divorced: 9.1%


Nearest cities: Micanopy, FL (11.6 miles ), Alachua, FL (12.6 miles ), La Crosse, FL (13.2 miles) , Waldo, FL (14.3 miles ), Brooker, FL (15.5 miles ), Archer, FL (15.6 miles ), McIntosh, FL (16.9 miles ), Hawthorne, FL (17.9 miles ).


Colleges/Universities in Gainesville  

University of Florida (FT & PT enrollment: 52,519; Public; Website: University of Florida; Offers Doctor's degree)

Santa Fe Community College (FT & PT enrollment: 15,887; Location: 3000 NW 83RD ST;(


On the I-75 corridor halfway between Atlanta and Miami

(within a two hour drive)

Jacksonville, Ocala, Lake City, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, St. Augustine, Cedar Key, Live Oak

(within one hour drive)

The Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico

Major Attractions:
(within a two hour drive)

Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and Busch Gardens


Hospitals/Medical Centers in Gainesville:

Notable Firsts:

Gatorade (First sports drink)

Famous Residents:
(past & present)

Bo Didley, 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   


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