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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    C+
Alachua is a town in Florida with a population of 9,676. Alachua is in Alachua County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Alachua offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Alachua there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Alachua and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Alachua are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$157,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,052
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
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Alachua Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    298.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    59.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    448.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,102.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    99.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Alachua

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,376
National
$55,322

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Alachua Reviews

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Alachua makes you feel like you belong and are home. The unity of the community is great! The town truly makes you feel like you are a part of a family. Growing up here, I have felt comfortable to become a strong and compassionate person. Because of such a great experience I have had, I plan to come back later on in life to raise my own family. I highly recommend the town of Alachua, Florida!
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Growing up in Alachua for eighteen years, you slowly start to realize things wrong about a small town in Florida. This town may be diverse with the typical Caucasian, African-American, and Latinos, and (Asian Indian), but it's diversity level still has a long way to go. All three schools, whether Irby Elementary, Mebane Middle School, or Santa Fe High School are not the best schools. The primary reason is that most staff do not care about their students. Because it is a small town, there is not that many job opportunities besides fast-food restaurants. Not much happens in town safety-wise, but there was a recent shooting having to do with gang-violence. To go anywhere is average at certain times, you can walk out at night and not worry about too much danger. Many housing developments are arising, but because it is a small town, it is expensive in Alachua.
Alachua is a very fun place to live. There is a historic feeling with the downtown Alachua. There are many local shops and restaurants that are very nice and contribute to the towns look. I would love to see more local shops come into town!