University of Florida is based in Gainesville. The area is known for its natural beauty, with many springs, lakes and rivers, with close proximity to the Atlantic and the Gulf coasts.   The mild climate encourages outdoor activities year-round, and residents enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, bicycling and camping.  Culturally, the city is enriched by the influence of the university.  The population of Gainesville is approximately 111,000 with a surrounding population of 250,000.  We have a diverse culture, nationally ranked public schools, low cost of living, and no state income tax.  The UF Innovation Square—which is a planned 40-acre site within a few blocks of campus—will house more than 100 companies focusing on research and high-tech start-ups. For the past 8 years Gainesville has been voted among the Top 12 “Most Livable Cities in the Nation” by Money Magazine and in 2024 USA Today rates Gainesville the best place to live in Florida.