B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  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
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$139,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$803
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%

Gainesville Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    235
    0
  • Murder
    8
    0
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    111
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    495
    1
  • Theft
    2,923
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    222
    0

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,706
National
$53,889
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    29%
    13%
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Gainesville Reviews

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Gainesville has everything you need and want. Some people might complain that it's kind of boring, but I just don't agree; we have parks, shopping, excellent restaurants, movies, lake, and a very cute and thriving downtown square! Some downsides are that homes are getting a bit expensive and traffic is getting heavier every year.
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I drive an hour to work in Gainesville. It is big enough to have plenty of activities for everyone, but not so big that traffic is much of an issue. There are good restaurants, places to shop, colleges and schools to further education, and places to work. Overall, I LOVE Gainesville!
Although people may not have heard of Gainesville, this is where I have called my home for the majority of my life. From the dock where my family's boat resides, to my own back yard that backs up to a pasture of cows, Gainesville has been a key role of molding me into the woman I am today. Gainesville is one of the few towns that has the luxury of having a small hometown feel while also having a multitude of shopping centers, restaurants and a diverse range of people. However, I have noticed with the increase of the population and with the growth of construction throughout the city, I'm concerned with the environment. The forests are disappearing and the lake is losing its primitive features. While economic development is vital for our city as it continues to grow, I hope the people of Gainesville will also be mindful of our beloved lake and our city's grand views that truly contribute to making my town a city of family values, outdoor fun and the town that will forever hold my heart.