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Gainesville was voted the number one city in the United States in 1995 by Money Magazine and in 2007 by Cities Ranked and Rated. With a population of more than 120,000, Gainesville combines a friendly, small-town atmosphere with many big services. It has five golf courses, museums, theaters, and a performing arts center featuring internationally renowned entertainers. Its tree-shaded roads and miles of bicycle paths make it an ideal place for joggers and other athletes. With its moderate climate, Gainesville and its surrounding areas contain many beautiful parks, lakes and springs that offer year-round recreational opportunities. Located in the North Central Florida county of Alachua, Gainesville provides convenient access to the state's major cities. It is only a two-hour drive from Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville, permitting one-day excursions to attractions such as Disney World, Sea World, Busch Gardens, and the Jacksonville Zoo, as well as Florida's gulf and Atlantic beaches.
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