Alachua Profile

County Seat:Gainesville
Nearest MSA:Gainesville MSA
Largest Cities:1 Gainesville
2 Alachua
3 High Springs
Miles* To:
Tallahassee...................................130
Orlando...................................102
Tampa...................................119
Jacksonville...................................60
Miami...................................300
Atlanta...................................310
Chicago...................................894
Dallas...................................882
New York...................................896
*Miles are calculated from county seat.
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Time Zone:Eastern
Local Area Code(s):352, 386
Alachua
1980:151,369
1990:181,596
2007:240,082
2010:272,200
2030(p):320,400
(p) Denotes Projected Population
Florida
9,746,961
12,938,071
18,251,243
21,326,800
26,081,800
Average TemperatureHighLow
January:6542
July:9071
Florida Mean Annual Precipitation-53
Average Annual Rain Days-116
(2010)
In-Migration11,253
Out-Migration13,252
Net-Migration-1,999
*Estimates based on IRS Statistics of Income data

(2007)
Labor Force 131,257
Labor Force % of County Population 53.1
Number in County Unemployed 10,773
Unemployment Rate 8.2%
N/D = No Data Alachua Florida
(2006)
Average Annual Employment 115,364 7,109,630
Natural Resources & Mining N/D
Construction 3.4% 5.0%
Manufacturing 3.6% 4.3%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 15.4% 21.2%
Information 1.3% 1.9%
Financial Activities 5.1% 6.9%
Professional & Business Services 8.3% 14.8%
Education & Health Services 21.0% 22.0%
Leisure & Hospitality 11.1% 13.2%
Other Services 2.9% 3.3%
Public administration 6.4% 6.6%
Unclassified N/D

Average Annual Wage
(2010)
All Industries $39,688
Construction $35,041
Education & Health Services $47,163
Financial Activities $43,769
Information $48,278
Leisure & Hospitality $16,673
Manufacturing $46,549
Natural Resources & Mining N/D
Other Services $25,793
Professional & Business Services $39,396
Public administration $45,837
Trade, Transportation and Utilities $29,266
Unclassified N/D
Alachua Florida
2007 $34,587 $39,449
2008 $35,808 $40,133
2009 $35,573 $38,965
Major Private Sector Employers
Shands Hospital
Business Line: Healthcare
Number of Employees - 12,588
Publix
Business Line: Grocery
Number of Employees - 2,056
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Business Line: Healthcare
Number of Employees - 1,700
Nationwide Insurance
Business Line: Insurance
Number of Employees - 1,300
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
Business Line: Distribution
Number of Employees - 736
Gator Dining Services
Business Line: Food Service
Number of Employees - 625
Dollar General Distribution Center
Business Line: Distribution
Number of Employees - 624
Meridian Behavioral
Business Line: Healthcare
Number of Employees - 620
Wal-Mart Stores
Business Line: Retail
Number of Employees - 504
Tower Hill Insurance
Business Line: Insurance
Number of Employees - 500
Federal Interstates I-10, I-75
Federal Highways US-27, US-41, US-301, US-441,
State Highways SR-20, SR-24, SR-26
Railroads CSX Transportation; Amtrak
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Commerical Airline Service: Gainesville Regional Airport
# Runways 2
Longest Paved Runway(ft.) 1750
General Aviation Airports Gainesville Regional Airport
Local Deep Water Port Jacksonville Port Authority
Miles to Closest Port 63
COUNTY
Countywide Ad Valorem Millage Rates:
Government 8.8456
Schools 9.0920
Special 1.4790
Total 19.4166

Ad Valorem Tax Exemption: Yes
Retail Sales Tax (Local Option) 0.25
Federal Enterprise Zone No
State Enterprise Zone EZ-0101
STATE
Corporate Income Tax 5.5%
Personal Income Tax 0.0%
Retail Sales Tax 6.0%
Electric Companies:
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities
  • Clay Electric Corporation
  • Florida Power
Natural Gas Companies:
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities
Telephone Companies:
  • BellSouth
  • AT&T
  • Sprint
  • ALLTEL Communications
Water & Sewer Companies:
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities
Exisiting Industrial Zoned Land Yes
Number of Acres 7,567
Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 1,200
Industrial Parks Yes
Number of Acres 1,390
Largest Available Contiguous Parcel 852
Foreign Trade Zones No
Zone Number(s)
Public
Schools
Teachers Enrollments
Totals: 64 2,060 27,495
Private Schools Available: Yes
POST SECONDARY EDUCATION SERVING THE COUNTY:
Colleges/Universities:
  • University of Florida
  • Santa Fe College
Junior/Community Colleges:
  • none
Vocational/Technical Schools:
  • City College
Other Schools:
  • none
Cost of Living
Price Level Index, (2010)
Florida State Average = 100
Sample
2008 96.78
2009 95.90
2010 97.33
Medical Services:
  • North Florida Regional Medical Center
  • Shands at AGH
  • Shands at the University of Florida
  • Upreach Rehabilitation Center
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Recreational Opportunities:
  • Bivens Arm Nature Park
  • Gold Head Branch State Park
  • Kanapaha Botanical Garden
  • Morningside Nature Center
  • Paynes Prarie State Preserve
  • San Felasco Hammock State Preserve
Historical Points Of Interest:
  • Kanapaha-Haile Plantation House
  • Majorie Kinna Rawlings State Historical Site
  • Matheson Historical Center
  • Micanopy Historical Society Museum
  • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
  • Thomas Center
Cultural Events/Festivals:
  • Fanfare & Fireworks
  • Florida Arts Celebration
  • Great Gainesville Road Race
  • Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
  • NHRA Gatornationals
  • Spring Art Festival
  • The Fifth Avenue Arts Festival