As a Realtor who specializes in relocating physicians to Gainesville Florida, I spend a lot of time with people considering a move to Gainesville. That typically means acting as a tour guide during the interview process in order to give folks an overview of what life is like in Gainesville.
When I tour around physician candidates interviewing for a job in Gainesville, I try to give them a brief glimpse into life in the Gator Nation.
Here are just a couple fast facts about Gainesville that people want to know.
1) How many people live in Gainesville?
According to the United States Census Bureau, as of July 2015, 130,128 people call the city of Gainesville Florida home.
Spread out over 969 square miles, the total population of Alachua County (which includes Gainesville, Alachua, Archer, Hawthorne, High Springs, Micanopy, and Newberry) was reported as 259,964 in July 2015.
With more than 52,000 students at University of Florida and and nearly 16,000 students at Santa Fe College, you could say Gainesville’s population swells just a tad when school is in session.
2) What type of businesses power Gainesville’s economy?
The Gainesville Florida economy is largely powered by education and health care. University of Florida and UF Health are the area’s largest employers.
Here are Gainesville’s top 10 employers per the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce:
University of Florida
Alachua County School Board
VA Medical Center
City of Gainesville
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Gator Dining Services
Gainesville is a hub of innovation, boasting the most business incubators per capita in the United States.
There are a lot of reasons why people move to Gainesville, not the least of which is a great quality of life.
We have lived in Gainesville since 2008. We love it because even though Gainesville is considered a city, it feels more like a small town. Everybody is so friendly. The weather is awesome. We love how close we are to things we love to do. A day trip kayaking with the dolphins in Cedar Key is only an hour away. Spending an afternoon kayaking with manatees in Crystal River is only 1.5 hours away. We’re only 2 hours to St. Augustine, Tampa, Orlando, and Daytona Beach — close enough for day trips or stress-free weekends that don’t include a long drive.
Gainesville has so much to offer for a variety of lifestyles. Whether you are looking for an urban lifestyle within walking distance of downtown, or you are wanting to stretch out on some acreage with room enough for horses, you can find what you are looking for in Gainesville Florida.