Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    124,597
  • Population Density
    1,994 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    62 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    238 3.6
Gainesville is a midsize city in Florida with 124,597 residents. It has average home values, average rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and low income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
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    • 3
    Visiting at Gainesville: The University of Florida offers much of the entertainment in Gainesville as it hosts countless athletic events. In addition to Gator sports, they offer natural science museam that is good for kids, an art museam, and a performing arts center that hosts various acts from Broadway to student events.
    • 2
    Public Services at Gainesville: Many people in this area feel that their voices aren't being heard and that their tax dollars are being wasted. The largest example is with the local utility company, GRU. The city agreed on a 30 year contract for GRU to build a biomass plant and charge a fuel adjustment charge (to pay for the biomass plant and how GRU wants to generate electricity) that has many families hurting to keep their lights on. For example, I am a college student that is barely home and is conservative with utilities. My two roomates and I were charged $160 for electricity and just under $55 for water, but the fuel adjustment charge alone was $179. With taxes our bill was $475. The community collectively feels that GRU has corrupted our local government to allow this in the first place and to still not do much to help the community after the biomass plant was built, despite families calling into the company, the city hall and the local news stations to complain that they are struggling to keep their lights on.
    • 3
    Local Businesses at Gainesville: There are a few good finds for local foods in Gainesville, but if you are looking for an authentic tasting quisine that is not American or Italian based, you won't find it here. The best breakfast and lunch cafes, Ivey's and the Flying buiscuit always have 45 minute or more waits but are well worth it. If you are in the medical field or in academia, Shands and UF as well as North Florida Regional Hospital have/are expanded(ing) and have open opportunities. Outside of those fields, it is difficult to find work. Most people in this area travel to Orlando to shop, as the Oaks Mall is very limited in their selection and do not have many popular retailers.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Gainesville: It takes adjusting but it is a beautiful place, you have to actively search to find things to do other than partying and the spirit of everyone here is one of the best things about this as well as the array of different, ethnic and authentic restaurants
    • 2
    Visiting at Gainesville: It's a college town so there's not much going on most of the time

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 University Park 4,567
4.00 Kirkwood 2,990
2.66 Highland Court Manor 2,169
2.00 Duval 2,138
3.00 Duckpond 1,651
2.66 Stephen Foster 1,535
3.00 Fifth Avenue 1,369
3.33 Springhill 1,227
4.00 Suburban Heights 1,187
3.33 Hazel Heights 1,118
3.00 Northeast Neighbors 1,002
3.66 Springtree 953
2.33 Sugarfoot 937
3.00 Oakview 801
3.66 Ridgeview 778
3.33 Pleasant Street 626
3.66 Forest Ridge 627
3.00 Grove Street 624
3.33 Westmoreland 596
3.66 Brywood/Fox Grove/The Meadows 461
2.66 Porters Community 445
2.66 Black Acres 428
4.00 Shadow Lawn Estates 376
2.66 North Lincoln Heights 374
1.66 Cedar Grove 328
3.66 Capri 310
4.00 Sutter's Landing 264
3.00 Madison Park 251
3.66 Greater Northeast Community 215
3.00 Golfview 214
3.66 Rainbows East 202
4.00 Rosemont/Vista Palms 194
2.00 Lincoln Estates 182
4.00 Landmark Woods 174
2.66 Palm Terrace 167
3.66 Edgewood Hills 165
3.33 Libby Heights 155
4.00 Appletree 143
3.66 Royal Gardens 133
3.00 Gateway Park 132
4.00 Mason Manor 120
4.00 Raintree 119
2.66 Hibiscus Park 118
2.66 South Black Acres 112
2.66 Sugarhill 110
Ridgewood 96
Pine Park 95
Rainbow's End 91
Debra Heights 86
Mill Pond 79
Bartram Woods 74
Lamplighter 72
Turkey Creek Forest 70
Woodland Park 69
Pinebreeze 67
Las Pamaps 50
Northwest Estates 48

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Alachua 8,881
3.00 Waldo Township 7,170
3.66 High Springs-Alachua Township 38,110
3.66 Micanopy Township 2,771
2.66 Hawthorne Township 4,748

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 32608 43,720
3.33 32607 30,002
4.00 32605 22,715
4.00 32606 22,287
3.00 32609 18,843
3.00 32601 18,468
4.00 32653 14,099
2.33 32641 12,978
3.33 32603 8,604
32612 6,725

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
3.33 Alachua County Public Schools 69

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.00 Eastside High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.66 Stephen Foster Elementary School Public, Magnet K-5 Elementary
3.66 William S. Talbot Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.66 F.W. Buchholz High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.66 Hidden Oak Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.66 Kimball Wiles Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.66 High Springs Community School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.66 P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School Public K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Lawton M. Chiles Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Littlewood Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Archer Elementary School Public, Magnet PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Newberry Elementary School Public PK, K-4 Pre-K, Elementary
3.33 Fort Clarke Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Kanapaha Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 J.J. Finley Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
3.33 Gainesville High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
3.33 Howard W. Bishop Middle School Public, Magnet 6-8 Middle
3.33 Westwood Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Oak View Middle School Public, Magnet 5-8 Middle
3.33 Abraham Lincoln Middle School Public, Magnet 6-8 Middle
3.00 C.W. Norton Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Glen Springs Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 W.W. Irby Elementary School Public PK, K-2 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 The One Room School House Project Public, Charter K-5 Elementary
3.00 Idylwild Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Christian Life Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Westwood Hills Christian School Private, Religious K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.66 Oak Hall School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Countryside Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Cornerstone Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 The Rock School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 St. Francis Catholic High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Family Life Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Oak Hall Lower School Private PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
Queen of Peace Catholic Academy Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
St. Patrick Interparish School Private, Religious PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Brentwood School Private PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
Gainesville Country Day School Private PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
Millhopper Montessori School Private, Montessori PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Jordan Glen School Private PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
Trilogy School Private N/A Elementary, Middle, High
Flowers Montessori School Private, Montessori PK, K Pre-K, Elementary
Bhaktivedanta Academy Private, Religious, Montessori PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
Windsor Christian Academy Private, Religious K-11 Elementary, Middle
Spencer House Montessori School Private, Montessori K Elementary
Compassionate Outreach Ministries Christian Academy Private, Religious K-5 Elementary
Z.L. Sung Seventh-day Adventist School Private, Religious K-8 Elementary, Middle

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 University of Florida
Santa Fe College
City College - Gainesville
Bradford-Union Area Career Technical Center
Florida School of Massage
The Salon Professional Academy - Gainesville

Around Gainesville

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
White 58.33% 64.16% 58.41%
African American 21.91% 12.21% 15.15%
Hispanic 10.05% 16.05% 22.06%
Asian 6.76% 4.67% 2.39%
Multiracial 2.27% 1.85% 1.42%
Other 0.40% 0.21% 0.28%
Native American 0.16% 0.66% 0.21%
Pacific Islander 0.10% 0.15% 0.05%

Age

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
9 years and under 8% 13% 12%
10 to 17 years 5% 11% 10%
18 to 24 years 39% 10% 9%
25 to 34 years 16% 13% 12%
35 to 44 years 8% 14% 13%
45 to 54 years 8% 15% 14%
55 to 64 years 8% 12% 12%
65 and over 8% 13% 17%

Education Levels

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Less than a high school diploma 10% 15% 14%
High school diploma or equivalent 20% 29% 30%
Some college or associate degree 27% 29% 29%
Bachelor's degree 21% 18% 17%
Master's degree or higher 22% 10% 9%

Gender

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Male 48.8% 49.2% 48.9%
Female 51.2% 50.8% 51.1%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Rent 61.5% 33.9% 31.0%
Own 38.5% 66.1% 69.0%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Assault 472.3 280.9 375.7
Murder 4.7 5.6 6.6
Rape 58.3 29.2 29.4
Robbery 134.6 150.7 177.2

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Burglary 794.3 718.3 912.3
Larceny 3111.7 2276.2 2871.0
Motor vehicle theft 188.1 275.5 237.7

Income

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Resident Opinions

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 7 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

Rate this area on the following topics:     Based on 8 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Quality of life
  • Things to do and see
  • The people

How likely are you to still be in this area in:     Based on 7 responses

Very unlikely
Very likely
  • 1 year
  • 5 years
  • 10 years
  • 20 years
  • Forever

How would you describe the local atmosphere of the area where you live?     Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 40% Usually plenty of things to do, but there is some down time.
  • 40% There are occasionally fun things to do, but it can get boring around here.
  • 0% There is never anything to do.

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 5 responses

  • 100% Yes
  • 0% Not sure
  • 0% No

In terms of overall quality of life, how would you rank this neighborhood compared to other neighborhoods in the area?     Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Top 1%
  • 40% Top 5%
  • 0% Top 10%
  • 20% Top 25%
  • 40% Top 50%
  • 0% Bottom 50%

In terms of overall quality of life, how would you rank the area you live in comparison to everywhere else in the country?     Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Top 1%
  • 14% Top 5%
  • 0% Top 10%
  • 57% Top 25%
  • 29% Top 50%
  • 0% Bottom 50%

In general, has this area become a better or worse place to live since you first moved there?     Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Significantly better
  • 43% Slightly better
  • 57% Same
  • 0% Slightly worse
  • 0% Significantly worse

What is the most helpful tip for a new resident to know before moving to this area?     Based on 7 responses

  • 86% Be careful driving around UF campus in the fall.
  • 14% Careful with speeding and it grows on you

What one word or phrase best describes this area?     Based on 7 responses

  • 71% College town
  • 29% Party town

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 8 responses

  • 12% I love everything about it.
  • 75% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 12% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

What are the best things about the area where you live?     Based on 7 responses

  • 40% The stores, outdoors, people!
  • 40% Transportation with buses is easy and convenient
  • 10% Everyone is full of spirit
  • 10% Everyone is pursuing higher education
  • 0% Being surrounded by like-minded people

What are the worst things about the area where you live?     Based on 7 responses

  • 36% At tiems the traffic!
  • 27% Lack of entertainment and quality restaurants
  • 18% Lack of diversity in residents
  • 18% Only one shopping mall
  • 0% Not many things to do

What are the best things about this state?     Based on 7 responses

  • 42% Florida is amazing! Beaches, springs, parks!
  • 25% Warm weather
  • 25% Friendly people
  • 8% Beautiful state, diverse people
  • 0% Lack of income tax

What are the worst things about this state?     Based on 7 responses

  • 45% The bipolar weather
  • 36% Hot summers and hurricane season
  • 9% Snakes and insects that can kill you
  • 9% Humidity
  • 0% Mosquitos