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A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$143,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$858
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%

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
    408
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    86
    41
  • Robbery
    144
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    450
    500
  • Theft
    3,010
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    280
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$32,716
National
$55,322
Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

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I moved her for school five years ago and Gainesville has been nice! Things stay open relatively late and I like that there are both areas that feel like a "college town" and some areas that don't. The surrounding areas are much more rural but in Gainesville a lot of things are being developed. However, the town doesn't seem to have been built to be a big city so there is a lot of congestion especially in the fall semester and down by the college during football season.
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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.
Everything in Gainesville is great! It is currently quickly developing and adding more opportunities for more free- time activities. You are never bored, job opportunities are always present, and everyone that resides here (both permanent and temporary) are very friendly.