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Area Description

Gainesville is the proud home of the University of Florida. And for some people, that's the beginning and end of the story.

Gainesville isn't just a great college town. It's a great town. Period. It's where nature and culture meet. Where trees draped in Spanish moss line quaint Old South inspired streets. Where a cozy quintessential downtown exudes hospitality, comfort, and at times, a certain refined ease in its shops and restaurants. Where state parks are a virtual playground of world-class natural attractions, sinkholes, waterways and waterfalls, shady pine forests, flora and fauna, and amazing natural north Florida sunsets. And where the surrounding towns like High Springs, Alachua, Cross Creek and Micanopy dial-up the charm even further each in their own individual way. Looking for iconic locations in Gainesville to take photos? We've got you covered.

So, welcome to Gainesville. It's a little of what you might expect, and a lot of what you wouldn't. Whether you're staying for a day, week, weekend or longer, we look forward to helping you create your own unforgettable story. One we hope you'll tell again and again.

Includes Cities/Towns: Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, Micanopy, Newberry.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Located in North Central Florida, Gainesville/Alachua County is a unique family friendly, university community, well known for its exciting blend of cultural, historic and natural attractions as well as fine arts and sporting events. Home of the University of Florida "Gators", the area draws business and convention travelers from throughout the world to state-of-the-art research, medical and conference facilities. Careful preservation and use of natural and manmade resources help preserve for the leisure visitors the County's unique eco-systems and cultural assets. Tourism is an important contributor to economic development in Gainesville/Alachua County and is woven into the fabric of the community in away that enhances the residents' quality of life and the visitor experience.

Cultural Activities

There’s a reason we claim to be the crossroads of nature and culture. We urge you to stop and look both ways. Because when you get done paddling your canoe on the Santa Fe River in nearby High Springs, or picking fruit in Alachua, you'll still be just minutes away from some of the best art, museums and theatres in North Florida. You can find Gainesville's spirit not only in its people, but in every one its cultural landmarks. Whether you're searching for education at Gainesville's Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History, or for entertainment at the Hippodrome State Theatre, we have things to do for everybody.

Public transportation

Gainesville Regional Transit System is the local area transit corporation that serves the Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida area. RTS also provides transportation around the University of Florida and Santa Fe College campuses. It presently serves 39 city routes (16 on Saturdays, 12 on Sundays), 11 campus routes, and five "Later Gator" routes.

Medical Facilities

UF Shands Health Hospital
University of Florida Health Shands Hospital has been recognized among the nation’s best hospitals in seven adult medical specialties. Overall, UF Health Shands Hospital was recognized as one of the best hospitals in Florida. In addition to being ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in seven specialties, UF Health Shands Hospital also was listed as “high performing” in five additional specialties, including gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, and ear, nose and throat. UF Health Shands Hospital’s specialty programs are consistently ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings.

North Florida Regional Medical Center
Located in Gainesville, FL, NFRMC is a 445-bed, full-service medical and surgical acute care center serving North Central Florida and offering comprehensive cardiovascular care, oncology, orthopedics, neurosciences, minimally-invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, weight loss surgery and treatment, women’s health and wound therapy, among other services. A proven leader, NFRMC is fully accredited, is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and a Quality Top Performer by The Joint Commission in 2010, 2011 and 2012, is an accredited Chest Pain Center, is designated as a Blue Distinction™ Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, Spine Surgery and Bariatric Surgery and has been recognized by U.S.News & World Report for its High-Performing Gynecology Program. North Florida Regional Medical Center is a member of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HCA is the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services, a company comprised of locally managed facilities that includes about 165 hospitals and 115 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and Great Britain.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Gainesville, Florida?

Spring time is lovely in Gainesville when the temperatures begin to warm up-typically 60-80 degrees, and there is low humidity. Summer time turns Gainesville into a very tropical like climate with temperatures in the 90's and daily afternoon rainfalls. Fall begins to cool off and have lower humidity and cooler nights-just in time for football season. Winter is mild in Gainesville but provides cooler temperatures in the 50's-60's typically. You have a variety of seasons here in Gainesville, but never get a super cold winter-no snow shoveling here!

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  41  54  67
 Feb  44  57  70
 Mar  49  62  75
 Apr  54  67  81
 May  62  75  88
 Jun  69  80  91
 Jul  71  81  92
 Aug  71  81  91
 Sep  68  78  88
 Oct  59  71  82
 Nov  50  63  75
 Dec  44  56  68

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  7  0
 Feb  0  4  0
 Mar  0  1  0
 Apr  1  0  0
 May  9  0  0
 Jun  17  0  0
 Jul  22  0  0
 Aug  20  0  0
 Sep  11  0  0
 Oct  2  0  0
 Nov  0  1  0
 Dec  0  5  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  9  45 %
 Feb  4 "  7  47 %
 Mar  4 "  8  51 %
 Apr  3 "  6  55 %
 May  3 "  7  63 %
 Jun  7 "  14  70 %
 Jul  7 "  15  73 %
 Aug  7 "  16  73 %
 Sep  5 "  11  70 %
 Oct  3 "  7  62 %
 Nov  2 "  6  55 %
 Dec  3 "  7  48 %


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Cost of Living for Gainesville, FL

Gainesville, Florida cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Oak Hammock at the University of Florida
Oak Hammock at the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida is no ordinary retirement community. Not even close. Here, we have totally reinvented the concept. We've created an innovative Life Fulfilling Community for the 21st century where the focus is on lifelong learning, fitness and health. Our setting is a picturesque, resort-style environment enhanced by intellectual stimulation and interesting neighbors energized by our unique affiliation with the University of Florida. Because of this affiliation, we are traditionally known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), but we are also known as a University Based Retirement Community (UBRC). As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or UBRC, we offer a maintenance free lifestyle in our independent homes and apartments, but if you should ever need it, our contracts include access to Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Memory Care.

The Duckpond neighborhood is located immediately northeast of downtown Gainesville, Florida. Much of the neighborhood comprises the largely residential Northeast Historic District. It gets its colloquial name from a stormwater retention pond (“The Duck Pond”) built in the early 20th Century along the Sweetwater Branch creek that runs through the neighborhood.

Only five miles from the bustle of the college town surrounding the University of Florida lies Haile Plantation, a village whose award-winning planning and development is a throwback to the traditional style and beauty of a “community” – a place where people don’t merely share the same roads but are neighbors and friends. For the approximately 2,700 custom homes, townhouses, apartments, and condominiums built in Haile Plantation, work, leisure, and beauty are just a stones throw from every threshold. The joy of living here is that essential errands can be accomplished in record time with preschools, dry cleaners, and supermarkets just a five minute walk from anywhere in the area; giving residents plenty of time to enjoy the fountains, gardens, and boutiques that line the extra-wide sidewalks on the way back. Many of our residents have a personal investment in the village, owning or working at the centrally located shops and offices; life becomes more pleasant when you can go home for lunch and not worry about traffic. In addition to the convenience that living in Haile Plantation offers, the charms of a weekly farmers’ market, well-groomed golf course, over 1,000 acres of hardwood forest, simply elegant stores holding unique treasures, and annual gatherings like the Halloween parade led by local children make Haile Plantation the paradise that everyone is invited to be a part of.

Big City Feel, Small Town Charm
As a mixed-use development in Gainesville’s most consistently growing area, Tioga Town Center takes pride in combining the best of a big city with the charm of a small community to bring the residents and guests of Gainesville and surrounding areas the ultimate in community and convenience. Tioga Town Center fully embraces the invigorating mix of living, shopping, working and dining with numerous retail stores and restaurants, Class A office space, health & fitness center, education, and luxury residential apartments. All of this and more combine to make Tioga Town Center the modern, award-winning center it is. Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and pleasing architecture seamlessly flow with the needs of the contemporary consumer, such as ample parking and convenient access. Dedicated to outstanding quality in design and construction, the center presently includes a 21-Acre mixed-use town center, 80,000 sq ft of retail and office space, and The Flats, 40 units of fully leased luxury residential space. Tioga Town Center is also the gateway to the Town of Tioga, a 500-acre master-planned community, which is the fastest growing area in Alachua County. In addition to the beautiful facilities and upbeat community, Tioga Town Center plays host to many exciting events. Movies on the Square and the Summer Concert Series invites families and guests of all ages to enjoy local, outdoors entertainment at the beautiful covered amphitheater and Tioga Market Monday features a weekly farmers market. As part of the community that was awarded the prestigious residential award, “Best in American Living Smart Growth Community” by the National Association of Homebuilders, Tioga Town Center is quickly becoming the leading destination to live, work and play in Alachua County.

Senior Assistance in Gainesville, FL

Gainesville, Florida offers the following assistance for seniors:

Gainesville is a nationally recognized medical center with all the ancillary related support networks. The community includes a number of senior centers and facilities which have on site educational, exercise, and entertainment services. Seniors in need of meal deliveries are available. Home care including nurses is easily established. Gainesville is affordable for hiring domestic help, including affordable lawn services, pool services, cleaning services, and shopping services.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Gainesville Offer For Retirees?

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the Gainesville area, such as: volunteering with the senior centers, the city, various events and festivals throughout the year, animals rescues, schools, and museums. There are jobs available in almost every industry to seniors.

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