Ask people which city they consider to be the best in the U.S. today and the residents of Gainesville, FL will stake their claim to that title and distinction. Gainesville is the surprising number-one city in the newly published Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd Edition written by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander and published by Frommer’s. Of the 400 cities in the United States and Canada cataloged, examined, analyzed and described in the 850-page book, Gainesville ranked No. 1. Ok, so this is dated - still a great place to live.
Gainesville, the county
seat of Alachua County, has a population of more than
120,000 citizens. It is near major metropolitans such
as Orlando (115 Mi SE), Jacksonville (78 Mi NE) and
Tampa (127 Mi SW).
3 Florida beaches part of Top 10
in U.S. Lovely beaches lie within a 90-minute drive
to either coast. Glistening springs, clear lakes, nature
trails, and campgrounds abound in this part of the country.
With excellent schools, from pre-school
to the graduate level, Alachua County, the University
of Florida, and Santa Fe College are leaders
in progressive, innovative approaches to education.
The University of Florida is now not only one of the
best schools in the South, but it is ranked as one of
the top state universities in the US.
Alachua County is the home of a world-class medical
community. This is due in part to the progressive Shands
Hospital at the University of Florida's Health Science
Center. In addition to Shands, there are two other
Columbia North Florida Regional Medical Center, and
the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center. The growth in
the medical community fuels the growth in Gainesville
and surrounding areas.