The Greater Gainesville region is in North Central Florida, centrally located between Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL. Less than two hours from the beach on either side of the state, Greater Gainesville is centrally located within Florida between Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville.
Serving as an employment and retail hub for Alachua County and 11 surrounding counties, and as home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, the city of Gainesville is the region’s economic, cultural and educational nucleus.
Facts & Figures
- 1,169,000 including Alachua County and 11 surrounding counties.
- Nearly 75,000 college students reside in Gainesville.
- With the state’s greatest concentration of 18 to 44 year-olds and people with advanced degrees, Greater Gainesville is the state’s youngest and most educated region.
Business Climate & Amenities
- Low cost of doing business
- Diverse, highly educated talent pool
- Access to research, innovation and technology through leading faculty members
- Supportive environment for industry and startups
- Technology-focused incentives
- Talent available across the education spectrum
- 4th best tax climate in the nation for businesses and residents
- State GDP ranks 19th in the world
- Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
- Total Employed Workforce: 125,464
- Total Unemployed Workforce: 5,463
(as of December 2016)
See a list of the largest economic base companies employing the most workers overall and by sector in Greater Gainesville.
|Corporation||Industry||Number of Employees|
|1||University of Florida||Education||27567|
|2||UF Health Shands System||Healthcare||12705|
|3||Veterans Affairs Medical Center||Healthcare||6127|
|4||Alachua County School Board||Public Education||3904|
|5||City of Gainesville||City Government||2072|
|6||North Florida Regional Medical Center||Healthcare||2000|
|7||Gator Dining Services||Food Service||1200|
|8||Nationwide Insurance Company||Insurance||960|
|12||Santa Fe Community College||Education||750|
|13||Wal-Mart Distribution Center||Grocery||738|
|14||Dollar General Distribution Center||Retail||600|
|15||RTI Surgical||Orthopedic/Cardio Implants||518|