Gainesville is located in north central Florida and is relatively known for the University of Florida. Continue reading to learn a few more fun facts.
1. Gainesville was once named Hogtown after a river that ran thru the middle of the city and currently has a population of 124,354 residents.
2. Gainesville’s first inhabitants were the Timucua, a Native American tribe considered relatively peaceful compared to other indigenous peoples. Lovers of ceremony, they allowed the Spanish to establish missions within their villages, but over time, disease and warfare greatly diminished their numbers. Today, the tribe no longer exists
3. The University of Florida, first opened in 1906 with just over 100 students. It is now the 6th largest University in the United States in enrollment and is the largest and oldest University in the state of Florida.
4. The Gainesville climate is humid subtropical. It has mild winters and warm and humid summers. The average June high temperature is 89 F and the average January high temperature is 65 F. From June through to September, afternoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence.
5. There are three major cities within a 2 hour drive of Gainesville: Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville.
6. The sports drink, Gatorade was developed in 1965 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Its inventor was university professor, Robert Cade.
7. As well as having large numbers of young people, Gainesville has also become a popular place for older people to retire to in recent years, due in part to the quality of healthcare provided by the local Shands Hospital.
8. The Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville is home to a limestone sinkhole. The place gets its name from having a similar appearance to the hopper of a mill, as well as having animal bones in its basin.
9. The Santa Fe College has more than 17,000 students and was ranked the 11th best community college by the New York Times. In 2015 it received the Aspen Award against national competition, for Community College Excellence.