North Central Florida

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North Central Florida is a region of the U.S. state of Florida which comprises the north-central part of the state and encompasses the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area (Alachua and Gilchrist counties), and the North Florida counties of Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee and Union counties. The region's largest city is Gainesville (the home of the University of Florida). Other principal cities in the region include Ocala, Lake City, Live Oak, and Palatka.

Location of the Gainesville Metropolitan Statistical Area in Florida


North Central Florida

Counties

Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee and Union

Major cities

Gainesville
Ocala
Palatka
Lake City

Like the Florida Panhandle, this region is often reckoned as part of the Deep South, as compared to the rest of the state.[1] The majority of white Americans in North Central Florida are traditionally of relatively unmixed English ancestry.

The landscape and climate of North Central Florida does not portray the sub-tropical environment most associate with Florida. The landscape of North Central Florida has gently rolling hills dominated by magnolia trees and large Southern live oak hammocks draped with Spanish moss.

The region also has large expanses of pine tree forests. The climate is quite mild throughout the year but has very distinct winters with temperatures dropping below freezing quite often.

Location[edit]

North Central Florida's southernmost county, Marion County, borders northern Central Florida and some regions of the Nature Coast area. Many other counties in the region border the Nature Coast area, Alachua, Gilchrist and Hamilton included. North Central Florida is not affected by hurricanes as much as its neighboring counties to the east and west

Cities and towns[edit]

North Central Florida has a few cities and many small towns or settlements, some of which are along rivers and lakes.

# Incorporated Community Designation County Population
9 Alachua City Alachua 9,272
28 Belleview Town Marion 4,509
11 Bell Village Gilchrist 549
14 Brooker Village Bradford 334
12 Fort White Village Columbia 556
3 Gainesville City Alachua 126,047
29 Greenville Village Madison 824
17 Hampton Village Bradford 495
8 Hawthorne Town Alachua 1,428
15 High Springs Town Alachua 5,494
18 Interlachen Town Putnam 1,396
26 Jasper Town Hamilton 5,452
0 LaCrosse Village Alachua 360
2 Lake City City Columbia 12,099
16 Lawtey Village Bradford 730
10 Lee Town Madison 386
27 Live Oak Town Suwannee 6,919
10 Madison Town Madison 2,769
1 Micanopy Village Alachua 606
4 Ocala City Marion 56,945
5 Palatka City Putnam 10,472
6 Pomona Park Village Putnam 908
13 Reddick Village Marion 508
19 Starke Town Bradford 5,405
10 Trenton Town Gilchrist 1,988
20 Waldo Town Alachua 1,022

Attractions in North Central Florida[edit]

Unlike Central Florida and the Suncoast area, North Central Florida does not have many amusement parks or large theme parks. Instead, it features many parks with nature as their theme. North Central Florida also has many small turn-of-the-century towns that represent the culture of the Deep South.

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