Gainesville 101

A two minute read on the beautiful and highly-educated city in North Central Florida.

Gainesville 101


Wooden path at La Chua Trail. Cam Riley for startupGNV.

Sunny Gainesville Florida is a great place to live with an average of 224 sunny days per year and an average high of 82 F. Located in North Central Florida between Orlando and Jacksonville, winters are short and mild with an average low of 45 F. Moderate temperatures throughout the year make outdoor activities enjoyable year round.


Home surrounded by trees in Gainesville, FL. Cam Riley for startupGNV.

Gainesville ranks above the pack in affordability in Florida with a median home price of $230,000. Transportation costs and expenses for health care have brought the city’s cost of living down to 2% below the national average as well. Due to the low cost of living and lack of income tax in Florida, Gainesville salaries go a lot further than those of many other places in the U.S.


Ariel view of the University of Florida campus. Cam Riley for startupGNV.

With the University of Florida, a top 7 public university, and Santa Fe College in the city, there are many opportunities for those seeking to go back to school or pursuing a degree for the first time. Schools like Buchholz High School with magnet programs in Finance and Entrepreneurship and private schools like Oak Hall School with signature programs increase student’s success in college preparation and acceptance. For more information on the school system check here.

Food & Drinks

Interior space at Vine Sourdough Bakery. Cam Riley for startupGNV.

Gainesville has a vibrant dining scene with local favorites like Satchel's Pizza, The Top, and Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company. Vine Sourdough Bakery is ideal for a quick lunch. While stylish cocktail bars like Cry Baby’s and laid back venues like Swamp Head Brewery are great meeting spots to catch up with friends after work.  For more local insights you can check out: Ken Eats Gainesville.

Things For Families To Do

Aerial view of Depot Park. Cam Riley for startupGNV.

Young families will enjoy the Discovery Zone at the Florida Museum of Natural History or a visit to the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. For more physical activity spend an afternoon at Depot Park on the playground or try a free yoga class at BoDiddley Plaza. If you’re looking for something more adventurous check out the trails at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park or indoor rock climbing at Sun Country Sports Center.

Proximity To Beaches & Theme Parks

Shoreline at Las Picuas, Puerto Rico. Courtesy of Benny Torres.

Get to any coast or theme park in under two hours by car. Enjoy a day trip to St. Augustine Beach or a laid back visit to the gulf. Run a marathon or say hello to some characters at Walt Disney World Resort or check The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. If you have a farther destination in mind, take advantage of short security lines at Gainesville Regional Airport or a 90 minute car ride to Jacksonville International Airport for direct domestic and international flights.


Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on a game day. Courtesy of Benny Torres.

Gainesville, home of the Gators, has a special electricity in the fall for football season. But sport lovers also enjoy Gators basketball, gymnastics and baseball in the off season. Gainesville is also a great central point to access many professional sports around the state. In about two hours you can watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or The Tampa Bay Rays home games on the west coast. In 90 minutes you can watch The Jacksonville Jaguars play on the east coast.


Shands Cancer Hospital & Medical Center. Jacob McCrary for startupGNV.

Gainesville has a robust healthcare ecosystem with notable health institutions like UF Health, North Florida Regional Medical Center and Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. UF Health has specialties in more than 100 medical areas, including cancer treatment and neuromedicine.  North Florida Regional Medical Center has a 432-bed medical and surgical acute care center. Malcom Randall VA Medical Center is one of two VAMCs in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System and offers a full range of comprehensive health care.

Written by Lauren Hemingway.

Lauren is the Program Director for the Tech Talent Initiative for startupGNV. Her focus as director is building out to promote the tech and startup community in Gainesville, FL.