Living in Gainesville FL

Are you thinking of living in Gainesville FL? If you are moving to Gainesville or are considering a move to Gainesville, chances are you have a lot of questions about what life is like here. Here are just a couple of answers to frequently asked questions about living in Gainesville FL.

How many people live in Gainesville Florida?

According to the  United States Census Bureau, as of July 2019, 133,857 people call the city of Gainesville Florida home. This is a 7.7% increase from April 2010 when the population was 124,266.

Spread out over 969 square miles, the total population of Alachua County (which includes Gainesville, Alachua, Archer, Cross Creek, Hawthorne, High Springs, LaCrosse, Melrose, Micanopy, Newberry, and Waldo) was reported as 269,956 in July 2019. The population of Alachua County grew 9.1% from April 2010 when the population was 247,337.

With more than 52,367  students at University of Florida and and nearly 15,055 students at Santa Fe College, you could say Gainesville’s population swells just a tad when school is in session.

University of Florida
University of Florida

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 15 employers in 2016 per the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce:

  1. University of Florida
  2. UF Health Shands System
  3. VA Medical Center
  4. Alachua County School Board
  5. City of Gainesville
  6. North Florida Regional Medical Center
  7. Gator Dining Services
  8. Nationwide Insurance
  9. Alachua County
  10. Publix Supermarkets
  11. Wal-Mart Stores
  12. Santa Fe Community College
  13. Wal-Mart Distribution Center
  14. Dollar General Distribution Center
  15. RTI Surgical

Gainesville is a hub of innovation, boasting the most business incubators per capita in the United States.

What is the quality of life like in Gainesville FL?

There are a lot of reasons why people move to Gainesville, not the least of which is a great quality of life.

Kayaking Crystal River
Kayaking Crystal River

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.

Living in Gainesville FL – Helpful information

If you are looking for more information about what it’s like living in Gainesville Florida, here are some additional resources.

Newcomers Guide to Gainesville – this article provides a wealth of information for people new to Gainesville Florida. Even if you’ve lived in Gainesville for awhile, chances are you’ll learn a lot.

Why Gainesville Florida is One of the Best Places to Live – Gainesville’s livability and charm means the city regularly makes it onto these kinds of lists.

Crime map – look up any address in the U.S. to learn about crimes in the area.

Alachua County Public Schools – Learn about the Alachua County School District schools, school zoning, and more.

Gainesville private schools – Learn about private schools in Gainesville and the surrounding area.

Visit Gainesville – Go-to source for information about places to go and things to do in Gainesville and the surrounding towns of Alachua County.

University of Florida Sports Calendar – All things Florida Gator!

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.

I hope this information gives you a good idea of what life is like living in Gainesville Florida. 

Welcome to the Gator Nation!


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  1. Heather Balfour says:

    Hi Coleen,
    Thank you for this helpful article! My husband and I are moving to Gainesville from Cincinnati, Oh at the end of May for his job and we don’t know anything about the area. We are currently apartment hunting as we don’t want to commit to buying a house until we’ve lived in the area for at least a year. Unfortunately with COV-19, we likely won’t be able to look at apartments in person. If you have any contacts with in-depth apartment knowledge who might be willing to assist us in our search, please let me know.

    Thanks again,

    • Hi Heather,
      Thanks for your inquiry. As a Realtor I don’t deal with apartments. Apartment Finder and Apartment Guide are great resources for information about apartments in Gainesville. Another idea might be to have your husband reach out to the contacts he has at his new job in Gainesville to see if they have any suggestions.

      If you are looking for a shorter term lease you might want to check with Legacy at Fort Clarke, The Mayfair, and The Bartram. I believe all 3 offer leases of less than a year. I’ve heard good things about all 3 complexes from some of my past customers who lived in apartments here in Gainesville before buying a house.

      Hope that helps.

      All best,

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