About Gainesville

Oak Hammock is located in Gainesville, Florida – one of the nation's top towns. For more than a decade, the city has garnered national recognition. AARP Magazine named Gainesville as one of the "15 Best Places to Reinvent Your Life" – because the college town has so many options for the arts, entertainment and outdoor recreation, and is home to some of Florida's finest health care facilities.

Among Gainesville’s honors:

  • #4 on fDi Magazine’s “American Cities of the Future” (2015)
  • #12 “small metros” on Milken Institute’s “Best Cities for Successful Aging” (2014)
  • Listed on Kiplinger’s “10 Great College Towns to Retire” (2014)
  • In the Top 25 in Forbes’ “Best Places to Retire” (2013)
  • #35 in Livability’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live” (2014)
  • #2 in Nerd Wallet’s “Fastest Growing Cities in the Nation” (2013)
  • #14 in The Atlantic’s “America’s Brainiest Cities” (2012)
  • #7 as one of the “Happiest Cities in U.S.” by Gallup (2011)
  • #7 by The Daily Beast as one of the “Greenest Cities in America” (2011)


In addition:

  • The University of Florida ranked 19th in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Public Universities.”
  • UFHealth Shands Hospital consistently earns top-50 rankings in multiple medical specialties in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual listing of America’s Best Hospitals and is recognized nationally in the 2015-2016 report for 8 medical specialty programs: nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology, gynecology, geriatrics, urology, diabetes and endocrinology, and cancer.


Things to Do in Gainesville:
The Gainesville Sun
Alachua County Chamber
Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Rotary Club of Gainesville
Gainesville Kiwanis Club
Alachua Alive (arts site)
City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs
Gainesville Sports Commission
Florida Museum of Natural History
Gainesville Country Club
Gainesville Recreation and Parks Department
The Hippodrome Theatre
Gainesville Friends of Jazz and Blues