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outdoors in north central florida The city of Gainesville is located in Alachua County and is the county seat to 9 incorporated cities with Gainesville being the largest in the county. Gainesville sits in North Central Florida, midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Gainesville is situated on the I-75 corridor, 85 miles south of the Georgia border, 50 miles east of the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. Gainesville serves as the commercial hub for North Central Florida. It is this most favorable geographic location that gives Gainesville its outstanding climate-warm sunny days for outdoor activities and cool fall evenings, affording our citizens a wonderful change of seasons.

Click for Gainesville, Florida ForecastAlachua County has a 255-day-long growing season with average highs between 76 degrees and 82 F degrees in the spring and fall, between 89 and 91 F degrees in the summer and as high as 69 F degrees in the winter. People comfortable with changing seasons will still feel at home in northern Florida. Days are warm, but nights are cool, especially in January when nighttime temperatures can dip well into the 30's.

It’s easy to see why Gainesville, Florida, is recognized as one of Florida’s most livable cities as it flourishes in the heart of beautiful North Central Florida. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the area basks in beautiful sunshine during the daytime while the cool breezes make the summer nights comfortable. The mild winters are just cold enough to experience a change of seasons.

Regional Transit system delivers scheduled bus service throughout gainesville flAlachua County contains four major highways, I-75, U.S. 301, S.R. 26 and U.S. 441. The cities of Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville can be reached within a two-hour drive, while St. Augustine, Ocala, and Lake City are within a one-hour drive. CSX Transportation provides Gainesville with daily rail freight service, while Amtrak offers passenger service from nearby Waldo. Greyhound bus lines offer service to all major cities from Gainesville, while the Regional Transit system delivers scheduled bus service throughout the city.

Gainesville Regional Airport is easily accessible, only five miles from downtown Gainesville, flGainesville Regional Airport is easily accessible, only five miles from downtown Gainesville. The airport provides daily round-trip services from four commercial carriers. Delta Connection offers seven flights per day between Gainesville and Atlanta. US Airways offers four flights per day between Gainesville and Charlotte, and Northwest Airlink provides two flights per day between Gainesville and Memphis. Continental Connection offers three weekday round-trip flights between Miami and Gainesville, and one weekday round-trip between Gainesville and Tampa from the Gainesville Regional Airport. The 2,000-acre airport includes general aviation facilities (University Air Center) for private and corporate aircraft.

The Gainesville area is served by one local daily newspaper, The Gainesville Sun. The Independent Florida Alligator publishes Monday through Friday when UF is in session. The High Springs Herald, The Record, and four-star winners Alachua Today are published weekly.

There are four local television stations: WCJB-Channel 20 (ABC), WUFT-PBS, Channel 5, WGFL-TV53 (CBS) and WOGX-Channel 51 (Fox). Cox Communications Gainesville/Ocala, the local cable company, transmits a number of additional stations, including the other major networks plus the major news, sports and movie channels.

Utility Services
Gainesville Regional Utilities furnishes essential utilities-natural gas, electricity and water-for most Gainesville area residents. Rural Alachua County is serviced by Clay Electric Cooperative, Central Florida Electric Coop, and Progress Energy Corporation. Local telephone service is provided by BellSouth.

Tax Facts
The state of Florida has no state personal income tax, no state inheritance tax, no franchise tax and no inventory taxThe state of Florida has no state personal income tax, no state inheritance tax, no franchise tax and no inventory tax. Sales tax is mandated at 6%, however, food and medicine are non-taxable items.

Homeowners enjoy a $25,000 homestead exemption from property taxes for the home they occupy. Visit the Alachua County web site for details. An intangible tax exists for the state of Florida. For more information, call the Florida Department of Revenue at 1-800-352-3671.

A Place to Worship
Newcomers will find many worship places in and out of our community representing most denominations, all eager to extend a welcoming hand. Gainesville residents can enjoy religious freedom and a diverse variety of religious activities.

Gainesville’s year-round weather, scenic attractions, world class healthcare facilities, education facilities, community involvement and employment opportunities make Gainesville the place to work and live.

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Gainesville fl city hall
Gainesville City Hall
alachua county main library
Alachua Main Library
located in the heart of Gainesville's fl Historic District
Thomas Center & Gardens
Alachua county administration building
Alachua County Administration
Gainesville fl Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce
North central florida ABC TV station
WCJB Television Station
Alachua County School Board
Alachua School Board
Alachua County Court House
Alachua County Court House
Shands Medical Hospital located in Gainesville, Fl
Shands Medical Hospital
The largest natural history museum in the southeastern U.S.located in alachua county
Florida Museum of Natural History
Phone provider for north central florida
Bell South
Gainesville Regional Utilities serves north central florida
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Gainesville Sun Newspaper serves north central florida
Gainesville Sun Newspaper
Provides air transportation from Gainesville Fl
Gainesville Regional Airport
Cable provider for north central florida
Cox Cable Communications
Alachua County welcome center
Alachua Welcome Center

Regional Transit System

Oaks Mall

Federal Court House
Santa Fe Community College serves north central florida
Santa Fe Community College
Home of the 2006 national basketball champions
Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Hippodrome is housed in the former U.S. Post Office, and is on the National Register of Historic Places north florida.
Hippodrome State Theater
University of Florida located in Alachua County
University of Florida
Alachua County / Gainesville Fl clock tower
Alachua/Gainesville Clock Tower
Home of the 2008 national football champions
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Veterans Medical Hospital serves north central florida
Veterans Medical Hospital
The visual arts have a prominent place in Gainesville Fl culture as well
Harn Museum of Art
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