Gainesville, FL - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    126,465
  • Population Density
    2,006 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    63 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    409 3.6
Gainesville is a midsize city in Florida with 126,465 residents. It has low home values, average rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and low income levels.

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 409 reviews
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    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Gainesville: With so many students from all walks of life, crime is to be expected. The GPD (Gainesville Police Dept) have established a great image to me - they seem trustworthy and want to be involved with their community and are aware of the existence of police brutality, outspoken against it. In my area of Gainesville, I feel safe and protected, especially since I am close to UF and the UFHealth Hospital. I have heard from my friends who live in the further, lower income areas, that they don't feel as safe because of prevalent crime in those areas. It really does vary depending on the neighborhood, but even in the best neighborhoods anything can happen. The GPD do their best to keep everyone safe.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Gainesville: Cities and large towns in North Central Florida tend to carry negative reputations, but Gainesville has fought through the stereotype and has been able to produce a cultured, diverse, and unique college town incomparable to its surrounding areas. The "jewels" of Gainesville, to me, are its local businesses and nature scene.

    I absolutely love the local business Gainesville has to offer. It's this sense of innovation, appreciation, and dedication you find in these business owners. They delight and inspire with their creations, whether they're cooking up a bowl of ramen, or handcrafting dazzling jewelry. They give me the sense that I can do anything that I'm passionate about and succeed. I feel that without these local businesses, I would find Gainesville a much unhappier place.

    I love to surround myself with nature, and Gainesville never leaves me bored with its streams, prairies, forests, and gardens. It's the perfect outlet for stress.

    Unfortunately, Gainesville seems to be undergoing rapid gentrification and is relocating beloved businesses and deforesting many acres to pave way for luxury apartments and large chain businesses. More and more wealthier students are moving in, it seems, quicker than the streets can accommodate them. These changes, becoming more visible each day, are discouraging me from continuing to live here; I don't want to be here to helplessly watch it lose its character and originality.
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Gainesville: Haven't heard about much crime. As a bonus, a lot of cops live in my complexes and the other ones on the street. I feel safe.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Gainesville: The neighborhood is affordable and decent for my first apartment. Everything is very close to home: grocery, shopping, gas, school, etc. A bus stop is right outside the complex, very convenient! A mile or two down is an off-leash dog park. I like to go on runs with him down a few streets, feeling safe, and then take him to the park.
    • 3
    Housing at Gainesville: It is a large house.

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Alachua 9,291
Waldo Township 6,891
High Springs-Alachua Township 39,665
Micanopy Township 2,641
Hawthorne Township 5,398

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.00 Eastside High School Public, Magnet, Coed 9-12 High
3.33 Stephen Foster Elementary School Public, Magnet, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.00 William S. Talbot Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.66 F.W. Buchholz High School Public, Magnet, Coed 9-12 High
3.66 P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School Public, Coed K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 Littlewood Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Fort Clarke Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.00 Kanapaha Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.00 J.J. Finley Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.33 Gainesville High School Public, Magnet, Coed 9-12 High
3.00 Howard W. Bishop Middle School Public, Magnet, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.00 Westwood Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.00 Abraham Lincoln Middle School Public, Magnet, Coed 6-8 Middle
3.00 C.W. Norton Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 Glen Springs Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 W.W. Irby Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-2 Pre-K, Elementary
3.00 The One Room School House Project Public, Charter, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 Idylwild Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
0.66 Florida SIATech at Gainesville Job Corps Center Public, Charter, Alternative, Coed 9-12 High
3.00 Alachua Elementary School Public, Coed PK, 3-5 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 Joseph Williams Elementary School Public, Magnet, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.33 Micanopy Area Cooperative School Public, Charter, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
2.66 A.L. Mebane Middle School Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
2.66 Myra Terwilliger Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
2.33 Santa Fe High School Public, Magnet, Coed 9-12 High

Top Private Schools

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

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
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 57.25% 63.25% 56.60%
African American 22.71% 12.23% 15.39%
Hispanic 10.08% 16.62% 23.33%
Asian 6.72% 4.83% 2.49%
Multiracial 2.47% 2.05% 1.65%
Other 0.40% 0.19% 0.27%
Native American 0.28% 0.66% 0.22%
Pacific Islander 0.09% 0.16% 0.06%

Age

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
9 years and under 8% 13% 11%
10 to 17 years 5% 11% 10%
18 to 24 years 37% 10% 9%
25 to 34 years 17% 13% 12%
35 to 44 years 8% 13% 12%
45 to 54 years 8% 14% 14%
55 to 64 years 9% 12% 13%
65 and over 8% 13% 18%

Education Levels

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Less than a high school diploma 9% 14% 14%
High school diploma or equivalent 20% 28% 30%
Some college or associate degree 28% 29% 30%
Bachelor's degree 21% 18% 17%
Master's degree or higher 22% 11% 10%

Gender

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Female 51.8% 50.8% 51.1%
Male 48.2% 49.2% 48.9%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Own 38.0% 64.9% 66.1%
Rent 62.0% 35.1% 33.9%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Assault 439.2 264.1 353.8
Murder 1.6 5.2 6.1
Rape 79.6 36.8 38.3
Robbery 117.0 135.0 151.5

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Burglary 463.4 575.0 705.2
Larceny 2877.1 2114.0 2743
Motor vehicle theft 232.5 257.3 228.3

Income

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Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 54 responses

  • 72% Yes
  • 13% Not sure
  • 15% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 92 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 the public services in this area:     Based on 73 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 62 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 65 responses

  • 17% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 37% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 42% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 5% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 36 responses

  • 33% Very accepting.
  • 64% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 0% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 94 responses

  • 15% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 65% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 16% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 4% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 56 responses

  • 20% I love everything about it.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 20% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 4% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 68 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments