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Welcome to Gainesville ...

The city of Gainesville is located in Hall County<1> and is the County Seat for Hall County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Gainesville has a population of 43,233 people<2> (see below for details).

Gainesville is 1,220 feet [372 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Gainesville lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Gainesville is served by one (or more) of the following area codes: (470)<4>, (678) & (770).

The ZIP codes for Gainesville: 30501, 30503-30504, 30506-30507<5>

We don't have a date for the establishment of Gainesville.

Websites for Gainesville ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Gainesville had an population of 43,233 people. This is an increase of 27.89% since the 2010 Census.

At the time of the 2010 Census, Gainesville had a population of 33,804 people (or 18.81% of the total population of Hall County). This makes Gainesville the county's most populous community.

The population of Gainesville represents 0.35% of the total population of Georgia (which has 9,687,653 people), making it the state's 17th most populous community.

More information can be found on the Census Page for Gainesville.

Communities Also Named Gainesville ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 12 communities that are also named Gainesville - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, Texas (3) and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Gainesville.

Communities near Gainesville ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Gainesville.

  • Sugar Hill
  • Dry Pond
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dry Pond
    • Dry Pond lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Gainesville.
    • Estimated population in 2019: 15,881 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dry Pond have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dry Pond
  • Buford
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buford
    • Buford lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Gainesville.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,750 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buford
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buford<7>
  • Braselton
  • Jefferson
  • Gaines Ferry
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gaines Ferry
    • Gaines Ferry lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southwest of Gainesville.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gaines Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gaines Ferry
  • Flowery Branch
  • Auburn
  • Dahlonega
  • Cumming

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Gainesville. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Gainesville.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Gainesville. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Gainesville.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Gainesville. Our list includes 17 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Gainesville.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Gainesville ...

Looking for more information about Gainesville? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Gainesville, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Gainesville.

Adding Gainesville to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Gainesville in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention that we've found for Gainesville was the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Gainesville on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Georgia (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Gainesville.

The official website for Gainesville:

The official website for Hall County:

The official website for State of Georgia:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Georgia's counties, including Hall, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Gainesville.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Gainesville - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Of the area codes for Gainesville, area code (470, 678) is an overlay.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Gainesville). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Gainesville or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Gainesville includes: 30501, 30503, 30506 & 30507.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gainesville) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gainesville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from GainesvilleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gainesville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2984, Longitude: -83.8232    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




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