Alachua County, Florida

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Alachua County, Florida
Dsg Alachua County Courthouse Family and Civil Justice Center 20050507.jpg
Alachua County Courthouse
Flag of Alachua County, Florida
Logo of Alachua County, Florida
Location within Florida
Location within Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location within the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 29, 1824
Named forAlachua (Timucuan word for "sinkhole")
Largest cityGainesville
 • Total969 sq mi (2,510 km2)
 • Land875 sq mi (2,266 km2)
 • Water94 sq mi (243 km2), 9.7%
Population (est.)
 • (2016)263,496
 • Density301/sq mi (116/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4

Alachua County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida, and was formed on February 29, 1824. As of 2000, the population is 217,955. Alachua County's seat is Gainesville.

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