Gainesville is an extraordinary place to live work and play. It is a mid-size city that offers amenities often found only in larger cities. As home to the University of Florida, one of the largest universities in the country, Gainesville has become a center for diversity, arts, culture, entertainment and innovation. Gainesville is the birth place of Gatorade, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Gatornationals, the premier drag-racing event in the NHRA circuit. Gainesville is the largest city and county seat of AlachuaCounty. Because of its location in north-central Florida, Gainesville has seasonal temperature fluctuations not normally seen in southern parts of Florida, with an average summer highs of 80 degrees, and a winter high of 50 degrees.
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#1 City in America
The city of Gainesville was ranked as the No.1 place to live in the Cities Ranked & Rated: Second Edition out of more than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada. It was also ranked as one of the "best places to live and play" in 2007 by National Geographic Adventure. In 2007, determined by a series of metrics including local colleges, educational attainment of residents, and quality of life offerings, Gainesville ranked #12 in Forbes Magazine for the "Best Places for Business and Careers". The city came in #67 for 'Job Growth Projection', #52 for 'Cost of Doing Business', and #13 for 'Educational Attainment.'
Within the City Limits 114,375
Alachua County 241,364
Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area 258, 555
The University of Florida is a major financial boost to the community, contributing nearly $6 billion annually to Florida's economy and is responsible for nearly 75,000 jobs. In addition, a growing number of local companies have been developing new technologies in medicine, agriculture, life sciences, biotechnology and engineering based on the university's extensive research facilities and discoveries.
The cost of living in Gainesville is relatively low as compared to other desirable cities in the USA. Median home cost is slightly below the national average; and Gainesville residents, like all Floridians, do not pay state income taxes.
The city of Gainesville has an extensive road network, which is served by Interstate 75, Interstate 10 and several Florida State Routes, including State routes 20, 24, and 26. Gainesville also offers a direct route to Jacksonville, Ocala, and Orlando via U.S. Highways 441, 301, 41 and 27.In addition, there is a well-developed intra-city transportation system in this area provided by Gainesville Regional Transit System, or RTS.
Turning to the air transportation services, Gainesville Regional Airport is located in the northeast part of the city, with major airlines connecting to Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami and Tampa. The city is also conveniently close to three international airports: Jacksonville (75 miles), Orlando (115 miles) and Tampa Bay (140 miles).