Living Here

Situated 45 minutes northeast of Atlanta and 45 minutes northwest of Athens, Gainesville sits on the shores of Lake Lanier and at the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains making it the perfect place to live, work and play. Gainesville may be a small city, but it boasts a lot of character with breathtaking scenic beauty, endless opportunities for fun and recreation, top-rated annual festivals, an active local arts community, a thriving economic environment, and world-class medical facilities. It’s been called the Queen City, the Poultry Capital, and the Hospitality Capital of the World, but we call it home and hope you will too.

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We’ve Got it All

As the trade, medical, educational, industrial, retail, cultural and recreational center of Northeast Georgia, Gainesville offers incredible opportunity and possesses strong community spirit. So, whatever you’re into is within reach.

Temperate Climate

Average Annual High

Best of Both Worlds

45 minutes to city or mountains
Easy access to Hartsfield International Airport

Continuous Learning

2 Public School Systems
5 Private Schools
3 Institutions of Higher Learning

Get Outside

Our natural environment entices people to explore all kinds of sports on both land and water. Set out on a trail for a bike ride, long run or leisurely dog walk. Take to the water for skiing, kayaking or paddleboarding. Play a round of golf, enjoy a weekend hike, take up a yoga class or find a crossfit gym.


  • Multiple local Parks
  • Elachee Nature Science Center
  • Lake Lanier
  • Islands to Highlands Trail System
  • Lake Lanier Olympic Park

Take in Arts & Culture

Gainesville and Hall County are home to more than 20 active local arts organizations and the area is filled with public art making art easily accessible and visual to everyone across our community.


  • The Arts Council
  • The Gainesville Symphony Orchestra
  • The Gainesville Theatre Alliance
  • Quinlan Visual Arts Center
  • The Gainesville Ballet Company
  • Northeast Georgia History Center

Go Shopping

From local boutiques to malls, you can find just about anything right here or within a short drive.


  • Gainesville Square
  • Flowery Branch
  • Mall of Georgia
  • North Georgia Premium Outlets

Wine & Dine

Gainesville and Hall County offer dining options sure to satisfy everyone, and you are just a short drive to Athens, Atlanta or Dahlonega for even more culinary selections. From trendy, local eateries and craft beer and growler shops to national franchises and everything in between, you’ll find a variety of tasty selections sure to please.


  • 2 Dog
  • Antebellum
  • Left Nut Brewery
  • Atlas Pizza
  • Atlanta Highway Seafood Market

Family Fun

Families have plenty of opportunities to find fun activities to enjoy together throughout our community. Neighborhood parks and playgrounds, museums and gardens, lake recreation and aquatic centers, there’s something for everyone.


  • Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
  • Frances Meadows Aquatic Center
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden – Gainesville
  • Don Carter State Park
  • Laurel Park Spray Ground
  • Lake Lanier Islands
More Information

For more information on Gainesville, Hall County and the Northeast Georgia region, check-out some of these resources:

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce
Gainesville Tourism
Discover Lake Lanier
Explore Georgia