Sunny weather, sub-tropical landscapes, and a small-town feel within a large University setting collide in the most wonderful of ways in Greater Gainesville. This sense of community and focus on citizen-centered growth are the backbone of what makes our city one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Quality of life, a robust cultural nightlife, and dining scene conspire with the local colleges and world-renown health care system to provide Gainesville residents with everything a big city has to offer while retaining the intimate charm and infectious pride that comes with knowing one’s neighbors.
Consistently ranked in the Top 5 by U.S. News & World Report, UF Health Shands Academic Health Center attracts patients from around the globe with its unparalleled adult and children’s care. Doctors, nurses, researchers, and clinical support teams join forces with state-of-the-art facilities to provide a continuum of exceptional patient care and satisfaction with over 100 varying specialties and an extensive network of physician-led outpatient practices. North Florida Regional Medical Center is another notable player in the health care field with its dedication and passion for acute care, advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures and cutting-edge technologies that are at the forefront of cardiovascular and cancer therapies. Our beloved veterans who sacrificed so much for the freedoms and quality of life enjoyed by all who call Gainesville home are not forgotten. Along with being the largest and most lauded health care provider in North Florida for veterans, the Malcom Randall Veterans Affair Medical Center also encompasses a Community Living Center and the Honors Center, which provides job and life skills training for homeless veterans. For young or old, hero or heroine, health care in Gainesville is accessible, top-notch, and a cause for comfort in uncertain times.
A highly educated work force, available and affordable land, organized municipalities and an unrelenting growth mind-set make Gainesville an ideal location to both start and relocate a business. The major sectors of education, health care, life sciences, manufacturing, IT, logistics and agriculture provide an abundance of opportunities to satiate the boldest of entrepreneurial drives. This healthy commercial climate, balancing collaboration and leadership with prospects and innovation, fosters a sense of a collective future where all boats rise in the harbors of success. This spirit of community within an everexpanding global business ecosystem makes Gainesville a unique opportunity for investors and innovators looking to expand their business horizons.
Consistently ranked in the top tier of Universities in the country, the University of Florida and its equally well-lauded 4-year college counterpart, Santa Fe College, make Gainesville a desired locale for post-secondary education. The evolving culture and diversity of the student population is reflected in the programs, instructors and accommodations offered. UF also happens to be an elite college sports powerhouse, with a dizzying collection of National Championships in football, basketball, baseball, women’s soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, track and field, and gymnastics. This adherence to athletic excellence has launched a multitude of professional and Olympic careers and continues to be an integral component of the inherent pride that is undeniable in Gainesville. Residents long to enter The Swamp, with its 90,000 zealous and screaming fans on gameday, where the heat and palpable excitement collide to deliver an electric experience that can’t be forgotten. Athletics aside, a healthy infrastructure for the well-being of instructors and students blesses the K-12 population as well, as evidenced by competitive test scores and studentcentric mentality. Engaged teaching, diversity and inclusion, and the embrace of science and liberal arts as mutually supportive arenas are hallmarks of the Alachua County school system. Putting education at a premium, from public to private, and rural to city, Greater Gainesville boasts an abundance of growth-centered learning opportunities.
Culture abounds in Greater Gainesville. Whether traipsing through the Butterfly Rainforest, delving into history at the official state-sponsored natural history museum, or relishing the artistic bounty The Harn Museum provides cultural trappings are on full display. The Hippodrome Theatre offers up an eclectic mix of intimate theatrical experiences, while the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts hosts a myriad of performances and artists from around the globe. If an active lifestyle is part of your daily routine, Greater Gainesville has you covered with a variety of nature preserves, neighborhood parks, community centers, gardens, and a number of man-made and natural aquatic wonders to fit any taste or exertion proclivity. Alachua County is also home to the largest concentration of freshwater springs in the nation. The outdoors is calling with a variety of nature parks that offer an abundance of fun activities, including, tubing, snorkeling, horseback riding, cycling, hiking and stargazing. Rivers to prairies, woodlands to wetlands and everything in between are here for exploring.
An amiable climate, low cost of living, robust culinary and arts scene, along with an award-winning school and health care infrastructure help to make Greater Gainesville an ideal place to raise a family. Its location at the center of the State and its proximity to a kaleidoscope of unique destinations and activities prime for a day trip is another huge advantage of living here. Tantalizing theme parks, remote island wonderlands and pristine beaches are all a short drive away. You can watch the sun rise and set over the Atlantic and Gulf on the same day. Kind, welcoming and citizen-centered, our community offers an abundance of accessible services and people eager to help you get acclimated. Vibrant and economically diverse, full of potential and riding a wave of momentum into a bright future, Gainesville is a unique and wonderful place to call home.
Author- Brandon Duff