Alachua County, Florida
Alachua County is located in North Central Florida, along with Madison, Hamilton, Taylor, Suwannee, Union, Bradford, Lafayette, Dixie, Levy, Gilchrist, Marion, and Columbia counties. Alachua County is home to the University of Florida, and a lot of the county's economy revolves around this. Top industries providing employment are government; education & health services; trade, transportation, & utilities; and leisure & hospitality. Cities in Alachua County are Alachua, Archer, Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, Newberry, and Waldo. The population of the county is around 250,000.
Major private sector employers for Alachua County are Shands Hospital, Publix, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Nationwide Insurance, and Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Top public sector employers are University of Florida, Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Alachua County School Board, City of Gainesville, Alachua County, and Santa Fe Community College.
Alachua has historically been an important center of agricultural production. Many animal herds are raised in the county; Alachua ranks in the top for number of cattle, pigs, and goats. It is also known for its tobacco, peanuts, corn, blueberries, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, and squash. More than 35,000 people are employed in the county?s agriculture industry.
Gainesville is home to the University of Florida, the flagship of the State University System of Florida. UF is highly-regarded on university rankings such as the annual report put out by U.S. News and World Report. The university has an enrollment over 50,000, making it one of the largest in the nation. Over $400 million in research grants are annually awarded to UF. The 2,000-acre campus employs more than 14,000 people, making it the largest employer in the county.
The county?s second-largest employer is Shands Hospital, with over 12,000 employees. Shands operates a facility dedicated to children and another for cancer patients. Shands is recognized as a top hospital by U.S. News and World Report.
Alachua County Florida Cities
There are 13 cities in Alachua County Florida. These are listed below. Click on a link for details.
Alachua County has a population of approximately 251,417 people. The population increased 1.6% from 2010 to 2012. This compared to a 2.7% increase for the State of Florida and a 1.7% increase for the country as a whole. Alachua County is 875.02 square miles and had a population density of 282.7 Persons per square mile in 2010. This compared to 350.6 for Florida and 87.4 for the country.
There are 113,371 housing units in Alachua County (a housing unit is defined by the US Census Bureau as a house, apartment, mobile home, group of rooms, or single room that is occupied as separate living quarters.) Alachua County has a 54.5% homeownership rate compared to Florida's rate of 69.0%. Alachua County's medium household income in 2011 was $41,373, which is lower than the medium income for Florida as a whole: $47,827.
2010 to 2012
2007 to 2011
23.6% of the population in Alachua County lives below the poverty line, compared to 14.7% in Florida and 14.3% nationwide. Additional Information:
- Alachua County Census Data
- University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research - Alachua County
Alachua County Economic Activity
The U.S. Bureau of the Census, Economic , 2007 calculated the total value manufacturing, merchant wholesaler, retail sales and food service sales in Alachua County. The Census measured activity of large and medium-sized firms during calendar year 2007. It does not include every aspect of the economy but can be used as a measure of economic activity.
At $3,646 million, Alachua County's economic activity represents 0.58% of the Florida economy.
|Merchant wholesaler sales||$0||0.0%|
|Accommodation and food services sales||$494||13.5%|
Alachua County Regional Comparisons
Alachua County is located in North Central Florida. This region is responsible for 2.6% of Florida's economic activity. Alachua County represents 22.6% of the region's economy.
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2007 to 2011
Alachua Real Estate
There are 81,908 properties in Alachua County. The following table shows a summary of them based on 2013 sales data.
|Usage Type||Property Count||%||Sales Count||Median Price||Median Price/Ft||Sales From||To|
|Commercial Property||0||0.00||33||$475,000||$73||January 1st, 2013||August 1st, 2013|
|Government Property||1,517||1.85||1||$2,100,000||$1,944||August 1st, 2013||August 1st, 2013|
|Residential Property||0||0.00||1,110||$96,250||$63||January 1st, 2013||October 1st, 2013|
Commercial Real Estate in Alachua County, Florida
0( .00%) of the properties in Alachua County are classified as Commercial. 33 of them sold between January 1st, 2013 and August 1st, 2013. The total value of these sales was $24,457,285. The median sales price was $475,000. In 2013 the median sales price for A Class Commercial Property in Alachua County was $221 per sq ft, B Class properties sold for $73/ft and C Class $26/ft.
Government Real Estate in Alachua County, Florida
1,517( 1.85%) of the properties in Alachua County are classified as Government. 1 of them sold between August 1st, 2013 and August 1st, 2013. The total value of these sales was $2,100,000. The median sales price was $2,100,000. In 2013 the median sales price for Government Property in Alachua County was $1,944 per sq ft.
Residential Real Estate in Alachua County, Florida
0( .00%) of the properties in Alachua County are classified as Residential. 1,110 of them sold between January 1st, 2013 and October 1st, 2013. The total value of these sales was $183,701,455. The median sales price was $96,250. In 2013 the median sales price for A Class Residential Property in Alachua County was $99 per sq ft, B Class properties sold for $63/ft and C Class $26/ft.
Alachua Market Data
|Property Usage||Property Count||Total Sq Ft|
|Hotel & Motel||1,256||5,480,371|
|Sports & Entertaining||98||1,627,128|