Gainesville, Florida: #1 City in America , as chosen by “Cities Ranked and Rated“. (click here to compare Gainesville to Top 10 Best Places).

Cities Ranked and Rated mag

According to the book, Gainesville has “gained popularity among northern migrants seeking a Florida climate and intellectual stimulation without the high prices, tourist bustle, and stigma most commonly associated with the state.” The book also highlights Gainesville’s recreational opportunities, arts venues, opportunities for small businesses, and small-town Southern feel.Culturally, the city is enriched by the influence of the University of Florida. The population of Gainesville is approximately 100,000 with a surrounding population of 240,000. The city offers a diverse cultural environment and a low cost of living.

Gainesville is a university community located in North Central Florida midway between the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. For five consecutive years it has been named Florida’s most livable city and has ranked among the leading cities in the nation. In 2007 it wasranked #1 City in America by “Cities Ranked and Rated “,and was voted “Best Place to Live in the USA” by Money magazine in 1995. It is also the first designated “Gold Level Well City” in the nation in the campaign for citizen wellness. The area landscape is known for its natural beauty with its stately live oaks, tall pines, and many springs, lakes, and rivers. There are a number of parks in Gainesville’s urban “forest” and the Alachua County surrounding area where residents and their families can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, bicycling, camping, golf, and other sports. The area has an impressive variety of jogging and bicycle paths. Central Florida’s climate allows year-round outdoor activities.


Arts and Entertainment


Overview of Arts and Cultural Activities

Visual and Performing Arts

This Month Entertaiment Activites

Dining Guide

The Phillips Center for Performing Arts

Hippodrome Theatre

University’s Florida Players

Gainesville Community Playhouse

Acrosstown Repetory Theater

The University Auditorium

The Baughman Center

Arts Alliance of North Florida

UF athletic events


National Recogition Highlights


“Windows” to Gainesville


City of Gainesville webpage

Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville

Chamber of Commerce, Alachua County

Gainesville Today Magazine

Gainesville Sun newspaper webpage

Alachua County Government webpage


Outdoor activities


Devils Millhopper Park

San Felasco State Park

Kanapaha Botanical Garden

Hawthorne Bike Rail-Trail

Paynes Prairie State Park

Advernture Outpost Outfitters

Santa Fe River Canoe/Kayaks

Suwanee River trips

Cedar Key / Gulf coast

Cresent Beach /Atlantic Ocean

Florida Springs

State Parks, “the real Florida”




Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

The University Gallery

The Florida Museum of Natural History

Butterfly Rainforest

Santa Fe Gallery

Other area museums

Housing in Gainesville


House Values Map


Gainesville Rental