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Regional Profile

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)

Major Employers

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
9 Alachua County Government 809
10 Publix Supermarkets Grocery 780
11 Wal-Mart Stores Grocery 312
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
Total 60524



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