Alachua County was established in 1824 by the Florida Territorial Legislature. Its name is derived from the nearby 17th century Spanish cattle ranch, La Chua, a combination of the Spanish “La” and a Potano word meaning, “Jug,” which Native Americans used when referring to a large “sink” at the southwestern edge of the prairie.
At the heart of North Central Florida, Alachua County offers a compelling array of scenic, recreational, educational and cultural activities and opportunities. With a population of over 260,000 (based on 2016 estimates), the County encompasses 969 square miles that include nine cities, small towns and vast rural areas.
Gainesville, the County seat, is home of the University of Florida, named in the top 50 in National Universities, and Santa Fe College, winner of the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The County’s collaboration with these institutions and other community partners is focused on economic growth and efforts to build an environment that fosters innovation and the creation and expansion of business. Alachua County, and the Gainesville region, is thriving and has become not only a destination for businesses, but a destination for families to live, work, and play.
Alachua County, an Equal Opportunity Employer, values and promotes a diverse and inclusive workplace. Preference in initial employment is given to eligible veterans and spouses of disabled veterans. Applications are accepted only for advertised vacancies.
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