As the #1 ranked city in North America, Gainesville offers a high quality of life to its residents. Gainesville is home to Florida's largest and oldest university, and is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. While Gainesville certainly is a university town, it is so much more as our residents know. Known for its preservation of historic buildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville's numerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment to thousands of residents and visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban "forest," Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida. Boasting beautiful natural areas, a temperate climate and tremendous educational, cultural and commercial opportunities, it is not surprising that Gainesville was recently named the #1 ranked city in North America by Cities Ranked & Rated.
Living in Gainesville means enjoying a vibrant community that really offers something for everyone regardless of which path you take. Many residents enjoy living in and near our downtown area, while others prefer our historic neighborhoods and outlying areas offering excellent parks and access to nature areas even in the heart of the city.
The City of Gainesville works to bring high quality service to our residents as the largest city and county seat of Alachua County. Residents enjoy a full range of municipal services, including police and fire protection; comprehensive land use planning and zoning services; code enforcement and neighborhood improvement; streets and drainage construction and maintenance; traffic engineering services; refuse and recycling services; recreation and parks; cultural and nature services; and necessary administrative services to support these activities. Residents can easily access public transit through the Regional Transit System (RTS), book a flight at the Gainesville Regional Airport, take in a game of golf at Ironwood, our municipal 72-par championship golf course and receive utility services through our publicly owned utility, Gainesville Regional Utilities.
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