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The City of Gainesville is the largest city in and county seat of Alachua County. It serves as the cultural, educational, and commercial center for the North Central Florida Region. In September of 1995, Money Magazine ranked Gainesville as one of the best places to live in America. For five consecutive years, it has been tapped as Florida's most livable city.
Alachua County encompasses 965 square miles and includes the municipalities of Archer, Alachua, Cross Creek, Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, LaCrosse, Melrose, Micanopy, Newberry, Waldo, and Windsor. The County has an estimated year round population of 191,000, including more than 40,000 University of Florida students. There are several locations in the County that are on the National Register of Historic Districts.
The Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau provides information about the county's attractions, cultural events, local history and heritage, historic sites, hotels, and sports.