Best Places to Live

Gainesville, FL

Population: 127,559
LIV
SCORE
641

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College students in Gainesville have access to a pair of well-regarded academic institutions like the University of Florida (go Gators!) and Santa Fe College (go Saints!). Besides being an education hub, the economy here remains robust because of sectors like agriculture, IT, life sciences, manufacturing, tourism and transportation.

The largely millennial atmosphere in Gainesville keeps many shopping, dining and entertainment venues hopping, and outdoor recreation choices include several public parks, walking trails and Ichetucknee Springs State Park.

The city's health care rating was boosted by easy access to Shands HealthCare and North Florida Regional Medical Center, and a variety of housing options and price points are available throughout the community.

Other quality-of-life-boosting factors in Gainesville include a year-round mild climate and a lower cost of living than the national average. 

Find out more about the good life in Gainesville.

Gainesville, FL Ranking Data

Civic
69
Demographics
45
Economy
67
Education
79
Health
59
Housing
75
Infrastructure
61