Florida’s 3rd Congressional District covers six counties in North Central Florida: Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Bradford, Union, and parts of north Marion County, including Ocala. The population of the district is approximately 758,000 people. FL-03 abounds with natural beauty and outdoor recreation and boasts some of the most beautiful parks in all of Florida, including Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, Ocala National Forest, and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, birding, and kayaking are plentiful. In the north of the district are the suburbs and exurbs of Jacksonville located in Clay County, with towns like Orange Park and Green Cove Springs on the St. Johns River. Bradford County is home to the city of Starke and the Santa Fe Swamp Conservation Area.
Union County, just 250 square miles, is the smallest county in the state and is a charming, natural treasure of North Central Florida with access points to Lake Butler. University of Florida (go Gators!) and Santa Fe College in Gainesville are a part of Alachua county. UF is one of the largest employers in the district and is a vital part of the demographic makeup and economic influence. Gainesville is a unique, bustling college town that is home to the Florida Museum of Natural History, world-class Swamp Head Brewery, and 8 state parks. UF's nationally-ranked health system, which serves the entire state, is based in Gainesville, alongside North Florida Medical Center, an HCA hospital. Putnam County, which is east of Alachua, is situated on the banks of the St. Johns River, and is home to multiple preservation areas, such as the Etoniah Creek State Forest and the Rice Creek Conservation Area, Palatka, and Crescent City. Marion county boasts the beautiful Ocala National Forest and most of the northern half of the City of Ocala and its suburbs. Education, healthcare, and social services are all prominent industries in the district.