When it comes to location, the City of Gainesville is second to none. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 19th-largest city in the state is surrounded on three sides by Lake Sidney Lanier. Gainesville is small enough to know your neighbor, yet large enough to offer the services and cultural experiences of a much larger city. Gainesville will be 200 years old Nov. 30, 2021.
Gainesville, county seat of Hall County, is located in Northeast Georgia, approximately 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and 100 miles southwest of Greenville, South Carolina. Gainesville is the largest of six cities in Hall County with an estimated population of more than 43,000 as of July 2019. As the business hub for Northeast Georgia, Gainesville's daytime population is estimated in excess of 100,000.
Gainesville remains financially sound operating on a fiscal year budget. In cooperation with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations, the City actively recruits new industry to the area while working with existing industry to encourage expansion, growth and diversification.
For 2020, the value of taxable property within city limits was $6.14 billion, up 26.16% since 2010.