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.
Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, one of the largest universities in the U.S. The university is a center of education, medicine, cultural and athletic events for the entire state.
Outdoor activities abound with 65 percent of the county acreage comprised of wilderness dotted with scenic lakes, wetlands and forests. Gainesville is only a short drive from both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Gainesville ranks high in home energy use, medical care, age of population and home prices. Gainesville ranks low in family income and water quality.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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