Gainesville is home to Florida’s largest and oldest university and is one of the state’s centres of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. The University of Florida, the fourth-largest public university campus by enrollment in the United States as of the 2021–2022 academic year and UF Health Hospital.
Gainesville is the county seat of Alachua County, Florida, and the largest city in North Central Florida, with a population of 141,085 in 2020.
The Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville is home to a large limestone sinkhole.
Gainesville has an area of 62.4 square miles, of which 61.3 square miles is land and 1.1 square miles is water.
The 5 largest ethnic groups in Gainesville, Florida are White (Non-Hispanic) (56.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (20.4%), White (Hispanic) (8.28%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (6.66%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.67%).
Gainesville is known for its support of the visual arts. Each year, two large art festivals attract artists and visitors from all over the southeastern United States.
Gatorade Was Developed at the University of Florida by professor Robert Cade in 1965.
The nationally recognized Downtown Festival and Art Show, hosted each fall by the City of Gainesville, attracts award-winning artists and a crowd of more than 100,000
The Fest is a multi-day, multiple-venue underground music festival held annually in Gainesville since 2002.
In 1996, Gainesville served as the Rowing/Kayaking Venue for the 1996 Olympics. During the Olympics, Gainesville was named Hospitality Capital of the World by an NBC Broadcaster.
Gainesville was established in 1854 and named after Edmund P. Gaines.
Gainesville experiences an Average of 2,800 hours of sunshine annually & Average rainfall is 35 inches per year.
Gainesville is located at 29°39’55” North, 82°20’10” West (29.665245, −82.336097), which is roughly the same latitude as Houston, Texas.
The largest industries in Gainesville, FL are Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance, and Retail Trade and the highest paying industries are Public Administration, Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services, and Utilities.
Gainesville is twinned with the following sister cities Jordan Deir Alla, Jordan; Duhok, Kurdistan, Iraq; Kfar Saba, Israel; Jacmel, Haiti; Rzeszów, Poland; Novorossiysk, Russia; Mejdlaya, Lebanon & National Authority Qalqilya, Palestine.
The estimated population of Gainesville is 140,398, as of 2022.
The town of Gainesville was incorporated in 1869 and chartered as a city in 1907.
The winters are mild and the summers are hot and humid. The average June high temperature is 89 F and the average January high temperature is 65 F.
The median property value in Gainesville, Florida was $179,500 in 2020, which is 0.781 times smaller than the national average of $229,800.
Famous residents of the city past and present include Bo Diddley, Tom Petty, Don Felder, River Phoenix, Bernie Leadon, Malcolm Gets, Harry Crews, Peter Taylor, Mary McCauley, Joe Haldeman, Marty Liquori, Tim Tebow, Gabriel Schwartzman, Bob Vila, and Maya Rudolph.