Gainesville is situated in the Heart of Florida midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, with easy connections north and south on I-75 and U.S. 441, and “from here to anywhere” via all-jet service at Gainesville Regional Airport
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Four exits on Interstate I-75 connect Gainesville to Lake City, I-10, and Atlanta to the north. To the south are Tampa/St. Petersburg, Southwest Florida, and the Florida Turnpike to Orlando and Central and Southeast Florida. Driving to Jacksonville is easy by way of I-75 and I-10, or by U.S. 301 to I-10. Gainesville residents make a habit of choosing coastal retreats, making their way to the long beaches and surf of the Atlantic Ocean or the intricate estuaries and small towns along the Gulf of Mexico coast.
Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) hosts all-jet travel on four airlines, providing the advantage to “fly from here to anywhere.” With no parking hassles and quick trips through security, GNV is a delight. International airports within 2 hours’ driving time include Jacksonville (JAX), Orlando (MCO) and Tampa (TPA).
Alachua County is situated where the southern tropicals meet the northern hardwoods. Palm trees begin to populate the landscape as you head into the southern part of the county, while we are nearly at the southern limit of the dogwood tree. This location gives Gainesville a distinct change of seasons and an extraordinary variety of flora and fauna. Gainesville offers mild winters, an extended spring season, and a long and beautiful fall with subtle (sometimes even vivid!) autumn colors. Summers are punctuated with cooling rainstorms. This is the type of climate that lends itself to outdoor living, with residents enjoying backyard patios, trails, parks and outdoor recreation. Our unique growing zone enables year-round gardening and fills our daily farmers markets with healthy, fresh produce. The organic, slow food movement has taken root and networked farms, ranches and eateries with endless opportunities to grow, pick and enjoy abundant harvests from all four seasons.
Gainesville is a growing city with a vibrant creative economy. We’re home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College that contribute to a diverse and cosmopolitan urban lifestyle. Our technology sectors attract a global workforce as more creatives seek out the many advantages of locating in smaller, culturally rich cities. We are quickly emerging as a talent center with the largest number of startup incubators per capita, producing a rapidly growing community of young businesses.
Health care ranks high on the list of Gainesville assets, providing education, jobs and treatment for the entire region. UF Health is a premier institution. Nationally known schools of massage, midwifery and acupuncture round out the full spectrum of healthcare modalities.
When people ask about our beaches, we can point both east and west. With easy access to both coasts, residents find oceanside rental retreats or keep weekend homes at nearby Saint Augustine and Crescent Beach on the Atlantic or in the Gulf community of Cedar Key. These coastal getaways offer fishing, sailing, and kayaking and are known for their local arts, bistros, and music scenes.
Area Codes and ZIP Codes
Alachua County and Gainesville are served by area code 352 (FLA). The websites below can assist you with identifying Area Codes and ZIP Codes throughout the USA.