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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Gainesville is a city in Florida with a population of 130,790. Gainesville is in Alachua County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Gainesville offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Gainesville there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Gainesville and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Gainesville are highly rated.
About Gainesville...
Population
130,790

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$154,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$930
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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Gainesville Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    444.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    126.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    166.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    382.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,213.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    323.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    34%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Gainesville

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,389
National
$55,322
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Gainesville is a suburb area filled with the liveliness of the University of Florida. The city can go two ways. There are the shopping/recreational places such as Midtown (closest student party zone to campus), Downtown (artsy student party zone and art/music/food appreciation), Celebration Pointe (student devoid and family friendly with a great Regal Cinema RPX theatre), Butler Plaza (for all shopping necessities), and Oaks Mall (student shopping hub). And then there is the campus, which gets more beautiful by the year. Gainesville would not be the same if not for the university and the attention it attracts, and I'm glad I got to spend four years in this constantly growing and expanding city!
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I think that Gainesville is great! As a college student, there are a multitude of great options when it comes to housing, restaurants, shopping centers, recreational areas/services, and more! The only thing that makes Gainesville a little frustrating can be the traffic patterns, they get kind of stopped up sometimes due to the high concentration of people who live here, but overall it is a wonderful and exciting city: a great city to earn a college education in.
Gainesville itself is a buzzing college town with a million things to do. It is relatively cheap (if you choose to live somewhere not brand new) and there are a plethora of apartments and homes to choose from. The University of Florida is a beautiful campus, with tons of free gyms and other perks if you are a student. Overall 10/10, not leaving any time soon!