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Gainesville, FL

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Gainesville is a city located in the northern region of central Florida. Gainesville is Alachua County’s county seat, and it houses the county’s government. As of 2010, the population in Gainesville was almost 125,000, making it a medium sized city in the state of Florida. Gainesville is home to two major colleges—Sante Fe College and the University of Florida. In 2007, the city won the ranking of #1 place to live in North America from the Cites Ranked and Ranked publication.

Apartments in Gainesville FL


Wildflower Luxury Apartment Homes
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2


Uptown Village at Townsend
Beds: 1-3
Baths: 1-2


Legacy at Ft. Clarke
Beds: 1-4
Baths: 1-2

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Old Archer Court
Beds: Studio-1
Baths: 1

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Hickory Place
Beds: Studio-2
Baths: 1-2


Bentwood Apartments
Beds: Studio-2
Baths: 1

Key City Stats

The average age of Gainesville, FL is
22 to 24
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 11.62%
  • 6.67%
  • 4.73%
  • Female
  • 9.22%
  • 4.54%
  • 4.18%
is average rent in Gainesville, FL
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 6.56%
  • 6.55%
  • 7.35%
of units are available for rent in Gainesville
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 2789
  • 820
  • 2637
Getting Around in Gainesville, FL

Gainesville has a very developed road system, as well as a developed busing system. At one point in time, Gainesville also had a railroad system, but railroads were largely abandoned as a method of transportation decades ago. Today, major Florida State routes such as routes 20, 24, 26 and the US 441 and 301 send travelers through Gainesville to other major cities such as Jacksonville, Orlando, and Ocala.

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The average commuter time in Gainesville is:
10 to 14 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.04%
  • 6.91%
  • 0.5%

Bustling Economy

<p>The Gainesville economy is bustling and has been largely shielded from many of the problems stemming from the recession. That is because Gainesville is a college town that houses both the University of Florida and Sante Fe College. Each year, millions of dollars are spent by students downtown and in school, which help to pump money back into the economy. Gainesville also gets a kickback from Gatorade, which was created at the University of Florida in the early 1960s. The University of Florida, Shands HealthCare, and the Veterans Health Administration are the three biggest employers in the city.</p>

Ultimate College Town

<p>Gainesville is home to two major colleges, the University of Florida and Sante Fe College. The University of Florida has almost 50,000 students and is a senior member of the Florida higher education system. Sante Fe College was a community college until recently, when it was converted into a four year institution. The University of Florida has a very strong sports program, and has competed on the national level in football and basketball for years. The school has sent players to the NFL and NBA on a regular basis. The University is responsible for much of the area's recent growth, and is said to account for over 100,000 jobs inside the state.</p>

Gainesville's Musicians

<p>The city of Gainesville is well known for its music scene, which includes many bands that have made it to the national level. Some of the bands and musicians that started off in Gainesville include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stephen Stills, Don Felder and Bernie Leadon of the Eagles, The Motels, Against Me, Less Than Jake, Hot Water Music, John Vanderslice, Sister Hazel, and For Squirrels. Gainesville was once the site of the Harvest of Hope Festival, and there are multiple concerts and music festivals that are held in the city every single year.</p>