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Gainesville, Florida Education and City Information

Gainesville, Florida, is located in the north central part of the state. It is home to a major university, along with a few colleges and career and specialty schools. Get details on Gainesville, including its population, economy, schools and attractions.

About Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville has 128,460 residents, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. Among residents, nearly 65% are white, 23% are African American and 10% are Hispanic, based on 2010 census data. From 2010-2014, more than 91% of the residents 25 or older had a high school education or higher and almost 43% had at least a bachelor's degree.

The Gainesville area features forests, scenic lakes and wetlands, as well as plenty of bicycle roadways. Gainesville maintains parks with numerous tennis courts. Golfing is available at several public 18-hole courses or two private courses. Other attractions include a nature center, botanical gardens, butterfly rainforest and one of only two teaching zoos in the nation.

Summer high temperatures average 90 degrees, and winter lows average from 44 to 50 degrees. Gainesville offers a year-round climate for outdoor recreation.

Colleges and Universities

Gainesville is home to about ten postsecondary institutions. The University of Florida is one of the largest, and it has various schools and colleges offering undergraduate programs and numerous areas of study at the graduate level. In 2016, it was ranked 47th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to a few proprietary schools, Gainesville offers three private non-profit specialty schools with programs in acupuncture, Oriental medicine and midwifery. Santa Fe College and City College-Gainesville are 4-year schools in the city offering associate's and bachelor's degrees.

Economy and Business

According to 2012 census data, health care and social assistance employed nearly 18,000 persons. Accommodation and food services employed about 8,400 persons, while retail trade employed nearly 8,500 people. As of March 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that government employed 43,700 people, while education and health services employed about 25,000 people.

The area's largest employers are the University of Florida and UF Health. Other large employers include Alachua County School Board, North Florida Regional Medical Center, RTI Surgical and the city of Gainesville.


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