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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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$150,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$824
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%

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
    226
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    142
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    512
    500
  • Theft
    2,808
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    244
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,321
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    30%
    13%
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Gainesville Reviews

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I like that there are plenty of options for food and the local shopping is convenient. However, traffic is a bit of a doozy going down Jessie Jewell. I wish the back roads weren't so rough. But overall a great town. There is so much happening in Gainesville all the time that often you forget how much is out there. You have the lake which is popular all year round, but downtown also hosts many events especially on the weekends! They have several family owned restaurants and shop which are a hit with my family.
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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.
Gainesville utilities could be more affordable, especially water and sewage. Apartments cost more than they ought to for the most part; look hard enough and you'll find a good one here and there but you'll also find a 1 bed 1 bath for over $1,100--ridiculous. There isn't a lot in the way of stuff to do; fortunately it's not a terrible drive to some other places to do stuff, but you'll have to drive to find something other than a movie theater or a cheap bowling alley.