A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$141,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$841
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%

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
    453
    0
  • Murder
    2
    0
  • Rape
    86
    41
  • Robbery
    179
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    420
    1
  • Theft
    2,911
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    237
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$31,818
National
$53,889
Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Gainesville Reviews

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Being born and raised in Gainesville I feel I have a unique outlook on my hometown. Thousands of people migrate here for school purposes. We are a young town full of life, art, diversity and culture. Currently we've seen a huge economic boom and whichever main road you're driving down you'll see major construction. New buildings, more shopping, updated hospitals. While there is a lot of city life to live you don't have to travel very far at all to play in the outdoors. We are an hour from either the east or west coast beaches. We are less than 45 minutes to several beautiful springs and wild life preserves. There are hunting trails, running/jogging trails, walking trails, wild life trails where you can actually see wild buffalo! We have a lot of community activist, therefore, we have a lot of community services. Gainesville is truly a wonderful place to raise a family. I love living here.
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I love the people of Gainesville; there is a good mix of good ol' friendly southern folk, and innovative excited young folks from all over the country and abroad. It preserves a neat balance between small town and big town; big for the students, small in the sense that so many residents know something about each other and can network easily. One of the downsides has to be i75, which is the main road that connects Gainesville to surrounding towns. The lanes lately are always under construction and there have been a string of fatal accidents involving semi trucks and such; people drive over 90+ in 70 mph zones. It is an anomaly in a neat, friendly town. So that's my two cents!
I really enjoy Gainesville. It is a typical college town, which is great if you are in college, because it is easy to focus on your studies. I have even noticed that employers are more understanding here of your class schedules and work availability than they are in bigger cities like Miami. The town is expanding and there is contantly construction going on to renovate old places or build new ones, which can sometimes be annoying because of the traffic back-up it creates, but I understand it is bound to happen in any bustling city that is growing, and upon completion of each new construction project I as a consumer will reap the benefits!