City of Gainesville FL

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City of Gainesville Florida

Gainesville is the largest city and county seat of Alachua County. It serves as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the North Central Florida Region. The City provides a full range of municipal services, including police and fire protection; comprehensive land use planning and zoning services; code enforcement and neighborhood improvement; streets and drainage construction and maintenance; traffic engineering services; refuse and recycling services through a franchised operator; recreation and parks; cultural and nature services; and necessary administrative services to support these activities. Additionally, the City owns a regional transit system, a municipal airport, a 72-par championship golf course, and a utility.

Gainesville is primarily known for being home to the University of Florida, the flagship university of the State University System of Florida and the fourth-largest university in the United States. Santa Fe Community College, one of the nation's largest community colleges, is also located in Gainesville.

Gainesville is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. The University of Florida and Shands Hospital at UF are the leading employers in Gainesville and provide jobs for many residents of surrounding counties. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban "forest," Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida.

Gainesville Area History & Culture

The Gainesville area is home to a number of activities and sites of historical or cultural significance. From observation to participation, opportunities abound to experience firsthand the enrichment and taste on display in North-Central Florida.


Historian Ben Pickard recaptures the essence of Gainesville area history and explains how war, commerce, exploration, and expansion characterize our city's storied evolution. From natural history to the Civil War, Gainsville is a hotbed of noteworthy landmarks. Learn all about opportunities to visit the area's famous and unique places.


Gainesville is home to several acclaimed performing artist groups, from thespians to musicians to dancers. Consult group websites or call for more information on scheduled performances. Gainesville boasts some of the area's most prestigious art collections and galleries. Learn how you can immerse yourself in the work of local, national, and international artists.



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