Moving to Gainesville FL

Moving to Gainesville FL? Here’s a few things you should know.

Gainesville Florida is divided into quadrants: Northeast Gainesville, Northwest Gainesville, Southeast Gainesville, and Southwest Gainesville.

The quadrants begin at the intersection of Main Street and University Avenue in downtown Gainesville. An easy way to figure out which quadrant you are in is to look at the street signs (NE, NW, SE, SW).

For the directionally challenged, remember APRIL to figure out which direction you are going.

Running east/west: A=Avenue; P=Place; R=Road; L=Lane
Running north/south: everything else (i.e. Street; Boulevard)

Gainesville Florida is a small city, boasting a population of 124,354 (247,336 countywide) as of the 2010 Census.


The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospital are Gainesville’s largest employers. Other top area employers in Gainesville Florida include Santa Fe College, City of Gainesville, Info Tech, Alachua County Public Schools, City of Gainesville, and Charles Perry Partners.


Kids in Gainesville and surrounding communities attend Alachua County Public Schools. The Alachua County Public Schools website includes tons of helpful information for parents, including links to each school within the Alachua County Public Schools system, the school calendar, how to register your child for school, and more.


The Gainesville Regional Transit System offers extensive bus routes throughout Gainesville. Information on bus passes and routes throughout the city can be found on the Regional Transit System website.


The Spot Crime map is an excellent resource to see crimes which have taken place in the area.


Depending upon where you live in Alachua County, your electricity will be provided by Clay Electric, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), or Duke Energy.

Water and natural gas are provided by either GRU or Duke Energy, again depending upon where you live.

Clay Electric

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)

Duke Energy

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