Gainesville Ranked #5 Best College City in the Nation by Wallet Hub!

Why Gainesville? Well, according to the recent rankings by Wallet Hub for "2015’s Best & Worst College Cities & Towns in America", Gainesville was #5 in the nation! Wallet Hub analyzed 326 college cities and towns, taking into account factors like environment, opportunities, crime rates, cost of living, etc. for a total of 23 relevant criteria. They gave appropriate weight to each individual factor,  and based on their studies, gave each factor an appropriate value for each city.

The final list ranks which college cities and towns offer the best combination of academic, social and economic opportunities for their student population. 20 Florida cities and towns made the cut!


  • #5: Gainesville
  • #20: Orlando
  • #22: Tallahassee
  • #30: Tampa
  • #83: Boca Raton
  • #96: West Palm Beach
  • #100: Miami
  • #125: Fort Lauderdale
  • #148: Davie
  • #158: St. Petersburg
  • #182: Sunrise
  • #201: Lakeland
  • #206: Coral Springs
  • #219: Hollywood
  • #232: Jacksonville
  • #251: Pembrook Pines
  • #263: Miramar
  • #289: Port St. Lucie
  • #291: Hialeah
  • #297: Miami Gardens

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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