The Gainesville/Alachua County Area
It is easy to see why Gainesville, Florida is recognized as one of Florida’s most livable cities as it flourishes in the heart of beautiful North Central Florida. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the area basks in beautiful sunshine during the daytime while the cool breezes make summer nights comfortable.
The city of Gainesville is located in Alachua County, a county of 12 incorporated cities and a total population of more than 220,000. The Gainesville population is more than 111,000. As county seat, Gainesville serves as the commercial hub for the North Central Florida area. It is home to the University of Florida, the largest public land grant institution in the state and a key player in education, medicine, cultural arts and sports for the area.
With almost 65 percent of the county’s 965 square miles comprised of wilderness dotted with scenic lakes, wetlands and trails, it is a delight for nature lovers of all ages. The area contains approximately 100 square miles of wetlands and scenic lakes plus nearly 520 miles of forests.