• Portfolio magazine ranks Gainesville as one of the “smartest” cities in U.S.
  • Gainesville predicted to have the highest percentage growth of “creative class” jobs in the nation over the next decade.
  • Amazon ranked Gainesville 8th “Most Well-Read City.”
  • Gainesville was ranked 7th by DailyBeast.com for Greenest Cities in America  (2011).
  • Gainesville was first city in U.S. to implement solar feed-in tariff.
  • City of Alachua’s Santa Fe High School has the area’s only three-year biotech curriculum.
  • Most UF-related bioscience companies are located in Alachua
  • Alachua is home to UF’s Sid Martin Biotech Incubator, Santa Fe College’s biotech campus, and UF’s biopharm manufacturing facility.


  • The University of Florida is the #1 single public university in North America at commercializating its research (with over $600 million research annually), and the only AAU member in Florida.
  • Four of Alachua County’s high schools are included in Newsweek’s 2010 list of “America’s Best High Schools.”
  • Students in Alachua County public schools earn the highest SAT scores in the state, well above national averages.
  • The school district has the highest rate of passed Advanced Placement tests in the state.

Quality of Life

  • View a complete list of Gainesville’s recent accolades.
  • Ranked 8th in Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index (2011) for mid-sized cities.
  • Home to nationally accredited museums of art and national history and award-winning performing arts programs that celebrate creativity and inspire innovation.
  • Shands at UF boasts a Level 1 Trauma Center and a Children’s Hospital
  • The City of Alachua has the largest small-town fireworks display in America each Fourth of July.

Visit Gainesville – www.visitgainesville.com

Gainesville Chamber of Commerce – www.gainesvillechamber.com

Fly Gainesville – www.flygainesville.com

Visit Alachua – www.visitalachua.org

City of Alachua – www.cityofalachua.com

Alachua Chamber of Commerce – www.alachua.com

Alachua County School Board – www.sbac.edu

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