About Gainesville, Florida USA

A favorite in Money magazine's "Best Places to Live," Gainesville, Florida is a city where residents can soak up sunshine, embrace the arts, dive into watersports, or head back to school.

Nature lovers enjoy all that Gainesville offers outdoors, because 65 percent of the county's 969 square miles is wilderness, dotted with scenic lakes and wetlands. The Gulf breezes make summer days warm and nights comfortable and cool, while the winters are dry and mild with temperatures ranging from the 20s to 50s.

The Sunshine State's original college town is home to Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. With 45,000 students and nearly 20 colleges, UF's museums, stages (including the Center for Performing Arts), and lecture halls are also popular destinations for locals. The School Board of Alachua County is responsible for 23 elementary, 6 middle, and 6 high schools. There are also more than a dozen private schools and the P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School (K-12), which operated in association with the University's College of Education.

Travel to and from Gainesville is easy. The main highways are Interstate 75, U.S. 441, and U.S. 301. The Gainesville Regional Airport is served by five airlines - Delta, USAir, USAir Express, Comair, and Atlantic Southeast. There is an Amtrack rail depot nearby, and bus service is provided by Greyhound. Within the city, a 10-route, half-hourly Regional Transit System bus service operates on weekdays, with hourly service on Saturdays.

Because of its hospitals and the University, Gainesville is the state's main center for medical research and treatment. It has four hospitals: Shands Teaching Hospital, the Veterans Administration Hospital, Alachua General Hospital, and North Florida Regional Medical Center, which is consistently ranked among the nation's top 100.

Approximate driving time from Gainesville, FL to nearby sights and cities:

Atlanta, Georgia—5 hrs.
Jacksonville—2 hrs.
Orlando/Disney World, Universal Studios—1.5 hrs.
Tampa/Busch Gardens, Adventure Island—2 hrs.
Miami—5.5 hrs.
Gulf Coast—1 hour
Atlantic Ocean—1.5 hrs.


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Gainesville, FL Links

The Gainesville Sun
• Chamber of Commerce
• Gainesville Official Site
• Alachua Co. Official Site
• Council for Economic Outreach
• MyFlorida

• University of Florida
Santa Fe Community College
• School Board of Alachua County
• Alachua County Library District
• O2B Kids

• Gainesville Regional Airport
• Regional Transit System

• North Florida Regional Medical Center
• Shands Teaching Hospital

Shopping, Sports, & Culture
• Oaks Mall
• Hippodrome State Theater
• Center for Performing Arts
• Gatorsports.Com
• Gainesville Raceway

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