Greater Gainesville is far from a sleepy, small town. Small town qualities, however, such as a strong sense of community and caring for thy neighbor are ever-present within the area. Service and giving back are cornerstones of the community and contribute to a better quality of life in Greater Gainesville. When individuals are serving to improve the whole, everyone benefits.
Whether involvement is with a non-profit or in a house of worship, taking action is always one step away. There are over 500 houses of worship in Greater Gainesville. Faith, for some, shapes their quality of life.
Greater Gainesville is a higher-than-average volunteering community with hundreds of charities and non-profits that rely on volunteers and community giving to help make a difference.
The Heart of Florida has many attributes that make it a top choice for retirees and families. The cost of living, diverse cultural and recreational offerings and access to health care at North Florida Regional Medical Center and UF Health make it a top contender when it comes to quality of life.