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Current and previous awards: 
       1. Frommer's Cities Ranked & Rated 2nd Edition by Bert Sperling and 
               Peter Sander - 
Number 1 City for High Quality of Life. 
       2. Money Magazine - Number 1 Place to Live in U.S.
       3. Money Magazine - Florida's Most Livable City.  
       4. Carnegie Mellon - Number 2 City in Creativity in U.S.  
       5. Sperling's Best Places - One of the Top 10 Cities for Outdoor 
               Activities in U.S.  

       6. Popular Science - Most Techologically Advanced City in Florida.  
       7. Forbes Magazine - One of the Most Affordable Cities in U.S.
       8. Forbes Magazine -
One of the Best Places to Do Business and 
               Have a Career.

       9. Warren Bland - Retire In Style, 4th Best College Town for Retirement. 
      10. AARP - One of the Best Places to Re-invent Your Life.   

      11. National Arbor Day Foundation - Tree City U.S.A.
      12. NuwireInvestor.com -
Number 3 Small College Town for Real Estate
      13. Wellness Councils of America -
Gold - Well City, U.S.A.
      14. National Geographic Adventure Magazine - 
Number 5 Best Place to Live 
               and Play in U.S.
      15. www.CNNmoney.com - In the Top 50 Cities that are the Best Places to Live
                and Launch a new business.
      16. Smithsonian Magazine - 
Dream Place for the Arts and in the Top 15 Places 
                that are Culturally Attuned.
      17. www.BestRetirementSpots.com - One of the Best Retirement Spots 
                in the U.S.
      18. www.TopRetirements.com - In the Top Ten Value Towns.
      19. Smart Money Magazine - Top City in the Country to Retire.
      20. www.55-alive.com - One of the Best Places to Retire.
      21. In the "Mighty Micros" - In the Top 10 of "Next Cities:  The 60 U.S.
                Hotspots for Young, Talented Workers" by Next Generation 
                Consulting of Madison, Wis.
      22. Where to Retire Magazine - Highest Growth in Creative Class Jobs.

      23. America's Promise Alliance - One of the Top Communities for Young People.

          Gainesville is the home of the University of Florida, making it a major center for education, medicine, cultural events, and athletics.  There are a wide range of activities and events all year long.  The metro area is a center of education, science, technology, innovation, and creativity.  It also has numerous natural attractions, rich geological history, and abundant recreation facilities.  Gainesville's climate consists of mild winters and warm summers with a 255-day growing season. 

         The University of Florida is one of the best academically ranked public universities in the U.S. and it is the largest and oldest in Florida with an enrollment of about 50,000 students.  UF and its medical center, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, is the largest employer in the metropolitan area and the famous sports drink Gatorade® was developed at Shands.  UF was ranked by Kiplinger's Magazine as being the Number 2 Best Value in Public Colleges in the U.S.  

         Santa Fe College, with over 17,000 students in several locations in three counties, was ranked by the New York Times as the 11th best community college in the U.S.  The SFC Teaching Zoo has the American Zoo Association's only accredited technology program.  Both Santa Fe College and the University of Florida offer all adult age groups numerous continuing education and just-for-fun classes and programs.  Santa Fe College now offers 2 and 4 year degree programs.     

         The Alachua County School District was recognized by Newsweek Magazine as being in the top 2-1/2 percent of public schools in the U.S. and Eastside High School has been repeatedly ranked by Newsweek in the top 16 high schools in the U.S.  Buchholz High School was recognized for being the top high school for math and science in Florida.  The district has the highest percentage of students taking advanced placement testing in Florida.

         The city and surrounding counties are a growing retirement area for seniors who enjoy the cultural and educational stimulation of a university community.  Top-notch medical facilities include Shands at the University of Florida, North Florida Regional Medical Center, and the Malcomb Randall Veteran's Administration Medical Center.      

         Known for the beauty of its natural surroundings, "urban forest", extensive landscaping, and the preservation of historic buildings, Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida.  It serves as the cultural, educational, and commercial center for the 10 county North Central Florida Region.  Its numerous parks and preserves, 72-par championship municipal golf course, several open-to-the-public (private) golf courses, museums, and hundreds of nearby lakes provide activities for residents and visitors alike.  Gainesville has a high quality of life for all age groups.  

         The University of Florida Campus is certified by the National Audubon Society as a Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary.  Paynes Prairie State Preserve, located immediately south of Gainesville, is recognized by Reserve America as being one of the Top Amazing Locations in the U.S.  Near Gainesville is the largest concentration of fresh water springs in the world.  The area is a bird and butterfly watching wonderland.  Unspoiled nature borders the urban area:  pure water wilderness, sparkling springs, and pristine rivers and shorelines.  Alachua County has over 110,000 acres preserved as natural lands.         

         Gainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County and provides a full range of municipal services that include programs for recycling, recreation, cultural events, and nature studies.  The city owns and operates a regional bus transit system, an airport, and Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) which provides electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater, and internet service to a large part of the metropolitan area. 

         Gainesville is located in the north-central part of Florida 70 miles (112 km) southwest of Jacksonville, 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Orlando, and 135 miles (216 km) north of Tampa.  These three large cities are all within a two hour drive.  Gainesville is halfway between Miami and Atlanta on Interstate 75.  Both the Gulf of Mexico 55 miles (88 km) west and the Atlantic Ocean 70 miles (112 km) east are easily reached.     

         Population in the city limits: approximately 123,000 (2007).  Median Age:  27.
Population in the metropolitan area (Alachua County): approximately 248,000 (2007).
Area in city limits: 45.52 sq.mi. (117.89 sq. km.).
Households: 87,509. Median Household Income: $31,426.
Industry: education, academic research, health care and medical, agriculture, light manufacturing, and many small service enterprises. 

         Taxes: 6.25% retail sales tax (food and medicine exempt), intangible tax, and real property tax with a Homestead Exemption up to $50,000 and a portable "Save Our Homes" property tax exemption. 

No state personal income tax.  No state inheritance tax.  No franchise tax.  No inventory tax.



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         Florida is a state located in the extreme southeastern United States. It is a long, low peninsula bordered by the states of Georgia and Alabama to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the Florida Straits to the south.

         Tourism plays a primary role in the state's economy and attractions include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Silver Springs, and many other destinations that draw millions of people every year. There are many natural wonders such as coral reefs and Everglades National Park with its unusual plant and animal life. Events include the Daytona 500 automobile race and spaceship launches from the Kennedy Space Center.

         Coastal resorts and hotels with beautiful beaches attract huge numbers of vacationers. With more than 4,000 sq.mi. (10,360 sq.km.) of inland water (lakes and rivers) and with the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico readily accessible from almost anywhere in the state, Florida is a fishing paradise.

         Professional sports teams are located in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville and many Major League Baseball teams have spring training facilities in Florida. There are three perennial collegiate athletic powerhouses: the University of Florida, Florida State University, and the University of Miami.  Golf courses located all over Florida provide activity for people of all ages. 

         Known for its agriculture, Florida leads the nation in the production of citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines) and sugarcane production. Florida farmers also produce an abundance of market-ready tomatoes, watermelons, strawberries, blueberries, and many varieties of winter and subtropical vegetables. Cattle and dairy products are important, as is commercial fishing, with the catch including many varieties of fish and shellfish (crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and oysters).

         Famous cities include Miami Beach, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Palm Beach, and Key West. Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville are large coastal cities that serve as important ports of entry and shipping centers.

         Florida's population consists of large numbers of retired people and senior citizens from all parts of the United States, Canada, and many other countries. It also has a history as a home for the "rich and famous" who have built palatial estates in many coastal cities.

Area: 58,560 sq. mi. (151,670 sq. km.).
Population: approximately 18,000,000 (2007).
Capital: Tallahassee.
Largest City (area and population): Jacksonville.
Largest Metropolitan Area (population): Miami.
Nickname: Sunshine State.
Motto: In God We Trust.
State Bird: Mockingbird.
State Flower: Orange Blossom.
State Tree: Sabal Palmetto (Cabbage Palm). 



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