Gainesville Places High in "Top 100 Best Places to Live" Ranking

18, October 2013

Gainesville ranked 34th in a recent ranking of America's "Top 100 Best Places to Live". The rankings took economics, healthcare, housing, infrastructure, and other related factors to derive a final score. Livability, a site that ranks America's best places to live and visit, performed the study. Gainesville ranked 4th overall in Healthcare while placing high in Education and Economics.

This is not the first time Gainesville has been atop the "Best Places" rankings. Livability has praised the city's healthcare, education, and economy in the past and has ranked it as put it in the top 5 of "Best College Towns", "Best BBQ", and "Best Farmer's Market". Recently, Forbes listed Gainesville as the best city for Business in Florida.

Livability has been ranking cities for their potential to live and visit for over 25 years and now partners with the research team at Richard Florida’s Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management to compile indices.

The following criteria was paramount in Livability's rankings:

  1. Amenities
    Access to parks, farmers markets, golf courses and natural amenities, as well as the weather and the role of arts in the community.
  2. Demographics
    Immigration and diversity of race, ethnicity and age.
  3. Economy
    Income, income growth, income disparity, employment, population growth and the share of the population working in what Richard Florida refers to as "Creative Class" jobs.
  4. Education
    Great Schools rankings, colleges and universities, and percentage of people with high levels of education.
  5. Health care
    Access to hospitals and average spending on health care and related items.
  6. Housing
    Housing costs, affordability, age of the housing stock, percentage who own vs. rent and percentage of vacant property.
  7. Infrastructure
    Broadband providers, commute time, Walk Score, transportation costs and affordability, and the percentage of people who get to work by some means other than driving alone.
  8. Social and Civic Capital
    Crime rates, air quality, community involvement, and the percentage of people who vote and take part in organized religion.