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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
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Gainesville is a city in Florida with a population of 129,394. Gainesville is in Alachua County and is one of the best places to live in Florida. Living in Gainesville offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Gainesville there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Gainesville and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Gainesville are highly rated.
About Gainesville...
Population
129,394

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$147,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$886
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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Gainesville Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    457.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    3
    6.1
  • Rape
    123.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    132.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    376.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,948.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    273.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    35%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 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
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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The only thing I could complain about when it comes to Gainesville is the pollen and how swampy it is! But as a whole I love the environment! You get to meet people from literally all over the world. There are always stores and things to do if you know what you're looking for! The schools are nice, i for the most part feel safe walking around the city! There is almost always a bus that can take you where you need to go. Just about everything you need is close by. The city is nice!
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Gainesville combines the feeling of a small town with the ideologies of a big city. Traditionally, small southern towns are daunting to those who are seeking diversity and a place where they can express themselves fearlessly. As a college town, Gainesville has grown into a small city of huge cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity, with residents from all over the world. The student population keeps the city young and alive with numerous restaurants, local stores, and fun outdoor activities for people of all ages. The University of Florida, Shands Hospital, and surrounding businesses are a beacon for professionals and students alike, bringing extremely intelligent, diverse, and open-minded groups of people to the area. No matter what you want to do, learn, or see, chances are Gainesville has it.
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.