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Gainesville Today

Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd EditionAsk people which city they consider to be the best in the U.S. today and the residents of Gainesville, FL will stake their claim to that title and distinction. Gainesville is the surprising number-one city in the newly published Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd Edition written by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander and published by Frommer’s. Of the 400 cities in the United States and Canada cataloged, examined, analyzed and described in the 850-page book, Gainesville ranked No. 1. Ok, so this is dated - still a great place to live.

Gainesville, the county seat of Alachua County, has a population of more than 120,000 citizens. It is near major metropolitans such as Orlando (115 Mi SE), Jacksonville (78 Mi NE) and Tampa (127 Mi SW).

3 Florida beaches part of Top 10 in U.S. Lovely beaches lie within a 90-minute drive to either coast. Glistening springs, clear lakes, nature trails, and campgrounds abound in this part of the country.

With excellent schools, from pre-school to the graduate level, Alachua County, the University of Florida, and Santa Fe College are leaders in progressive, innovative approaches to education. The University of Florida is now not only one of the best schools in the South, but it is ranked as one of the top state universities in the US.

#1 Gator Nation

Alachua County is the home of a world-class medical community. This is due in part to the progressive Shands Hospital at the University of Florida's Health Science Center. In addition to Shands, there are two other hospitals, Columbia North Florida Regional Medical Center, and the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center. The growth in the medical community fuels the growth in Gainesville and surrounding areas.

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Gainesville Magazine

Florida Museum of Natural History

Butterfly Rainforest

Come face-to-face with exotic, vibrant butterflies fluttering atop a lush tropical canvas of foliage and flowers as you experience the Butterfly Rainforest, the Florida Museum of Natural History's newest permanent exhibit.

The screened vivarium houses subtropical and tropical plants and trees to support 55 to 65 different species and hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Guests can stroll through the Butterfly Rainforest on a winding path and relax to the sounds of cascading waterfalls year-round.

I highly recommend this for all even if you do not have children. We had a great time!

So many activities for kids in Gainesville!

Sun Country Sports Center
Community sports through Oak Hall Lower School

Sun Country Sports Center

Rock Climbing, gymnastics, cheerleading, parent / kids activities & more!


Community sports through Oak Hall Lower School

Skating in Winter


Haile Plantation Country Club

Skating in Winter


Haile Plantation Country Club

Power & Utilities


Cable & Phone


School Information

Gainesville Regional Utilities

PO Box 147051
Toll Free: 800-818-3436
Local: 352-334-3434

Clay Electric
8616 NW 39th Avenue
Local: 352-372-8543


COX Cable

6020 NW 43rd Street
Toll Free: 888-269-9693

Local: 780-2355
Outside Territory: 800-753-2909


School Zones

City of Alachua
PO Box 9
Local: 386-462-1231

Web Links

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Personal Services Recommendations

For those of you moving into town, here is a short list of people I use for personal services. I hope this helps you in your transition.
Dr. Michael Cotter
Dr. Carolyn Carter
Family Physicians
Dr. Shenary Cotter
Gainesville Direct Primary Care

Dr. Daniel Rubin
Children's Dentist
Dr. Mixon
Dr. Montini
Adult Dentist
Dr. Godet
Oak Hall School
Nancy Coleman
Admissions Director
DB Raquet Club
5100 NW 53rd Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32653
Haile Plantation Assoc.

Gainesville Country Club

Haile Plantation Country Club

Haile Plantation Country Club

Favorite Gainesville Restaurants

- Dragon Fly (sushi)
- Marks Prime Rib
- Embers Grill
- Wahoo
- One Love Open Air Eatery
- Bistro at Haile Village Center


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