Gainesville is the largest city in Alachua County. The population of Gainesville in the 2013 Census was 127,488.
Home of the University of Florida, the nation’s 7th largest university campus by enrollment, and home to Santa Fe College, ranked in the Top 10 Colleges by the Aspen Institute.
- Ranked as the #1 place to live in the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked and Rated.
- Ranked as one of the “best places to live and play” in 2007 by National Geographic Adventure.
- Gatorade was invented in Gainesville in the 1960s as a means of refreshing the UF football team.
- In 2007, Warren Bland, author of “Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada,” named Gainesville the No.4 best college town to retire in.
Famous people from the area: Tom Petty, Stephen Stills, Bo Didley, Sister Hazel, Roger Maris, Tim Tebow, the Phoenix brothers and punk band Against Me!
Places to Visit
- 34th Street Wall
- Baughman Center
- Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
- Bivens Arm
- Civic Media Center
- Devil’s Millhopper
- Florida Museum of Natural History
- Butterfly Rainforest Museum
- Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park
- Gainesville Raceway
- Haile Homestead
- Harn Museum of Art
- Hippodrome State Theatre
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park
- Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
- Lake Alice
- Marjorie Kinan Rawlings Historical State Park
- Newnan’s Lake
- Paynes Prairie
- San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
- Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
- Stephen C. O’Connell Center