Gainesville, FL - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Setting
    Midsize City
  • Population
    125,845
  • Population Density
    2,006 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    63 sq.mi.
  • Reviews
    281 3.6
Gainesville is a midsize city in Florida with 125,845 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 281 reviews
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    • 5
    Food & Drink at Gainesville: Lots of cheap and fun places to go. Gator City offers 25cent wells on Friday. There's many clubs in downtown if that's what someone wants to do, but also lots of chill bars in the area too.
    • 3
    Employment at Gainesville: It's a college town, so most jobs are fast food or retail. Not much in your field while in school. Gainesville is growing, however, so lots of start up opportunities to gain experience.
    • 4
    Local Businesses at Gainesville: Businesses offer student discounts which is great since it's a college town. Most are corporate businesses but with students working, they feel more like local stores. Some cheap grocery stores like Trader Joe's and Lucky's.
    • 4
    Visiting at Gainesville: If you come to Gainesville, you must be a Florida Gator fan. UF Football games are a huge attraction here in contribution to the tailgating and after parties that come along with it. Not a sports fan, well there are plenty of nature attractions here as well. Scope out the buffalos in Payne's Prairie, float down the springs at Ginnie or Itchatucknee, or dive down into the beautiful Devil's Den.
    • 5
    Overall Experience at Gainesville: I wouldn't want to live anywhere else currently. The people here are above and beyond helpful and friendly. Also, I have my higher education here as well as all resources for a better quality of life.

Neighborhoods

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 University Park 4,567
4.00 Kirkwood 2,989
2.66 Highland Court Manor 2,169
2.00 Duval 2,138
3.00 Duckpond 1,650
2.66 Stephen Foster 1,535
3.00 Fifth Avenue 1,369
3.33 Springhill 1,226
4.00 Suburban Heights 1,187
3.33 Hazel Heights 1,117
3.00 Northeast Neighbors 1,002
3.66 Springtree 953
2.33 Sugarfoot 936
3.00 Oakview 801
3.66 Ridgeview 777
3.33 Pleasant Street 626
3.66 Forest Ridge 626
3.00 Grove Street 624
3.33 Westmoreland 596
3.66 Brywood/Fox Grove/The Meadows 461
2.66 Porters Community 444
2.66 Black Acres 428
4.00 Shadow Lawn Estates 376
2.66 North Lincoln Heights 374
1.66 Cedar Grove 327
3.66 Capri 310
4.00 Sutter's Landing 264
3.00 Madison Park 250
3.66 Greater Northeast Community 214
3.00 Golfview 213
3.66 Rainbows East 202
4.00 Rosemont/Vista Palms 193
2.00 Lincoln Estates 182
4.00 Landmark Woods 173
2.66 Palm Terrace 167
3.66 Edgewood Hills 164
3.33 Libby Heights 154
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 117
2.66 South Black Acres 111
2.66 Sugarhill 109
Ridgewood 95
Pine Park 95
Rainbow's End 91
Debra Heights 85
Mill Pond 79
Bartram Woods 74
Lamplighter 71
Turkey Creek Forest 70
Woodland Park 68
Pinebreeze 67
Las Pamaps 50
Northwest Estates 47

Nearby Towns

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Alachua 9,165
3.00 Waldo Township 7,195
3.66 High Springs-Alachua Township 39,519
3.66 Micanopy Township 2,759
2.66 Hawthorne Township 5,415

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 32608 43,916
3.33 32607 30,504
4.00 32605 22,701
4.00 32606 23,244
3.00 32609 17,768
3.00 32601 19,360
4.00 32653 14,122
2.33 32641 12,691
3.33 32603 8,714
32612 6,564

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 58.22% 63.25% 57.23%
African American 21.87% 12.23% 15.33%
Hispanic 10.09% 16.62% 22.89%
Asian 6.71% 4.83% 2.45%
Multiracial 2.46% 2.05% 1.58%
Other 0.36% 0.19% 0.26%
Native American 0.19% 0.66% 0.21%
Pacific Islander 0.10% 0.16% 0.05%

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% 13%
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 22% 18% 17%
Master's degree or higher 22% 11% 9%

Gender

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Male 48.6% 49.2% 48.9%
Female 51.4% 50.8% 51.1%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Rent 62.2% 35.1% 32.9%
Own 37.8% 64.9% 67.1%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Assault 460.5 278.9 356.9
Murder 4.7 5.0 6.1
Rape 49.0 15.3
Robbery 122.4 159.8 167.7

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Burglary 586.1 573.5 815.7
Larceny 3159.8 2079.6 2798.2
Motor vehicle theft 192.8 235.5 219.7

Income

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Resident Opinions

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 10 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 11 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 10 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 8 responses

  • 25% Always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 50% Usually plenty of things to do, but there is some down time.
  • 25% 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 8 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 8 responses

  • 0% Top 1%
  • 50% Top 5%
  • 0% Top 10%
  • 25% Top 25%
  • 25% 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 10 responses

  • 0% Top 1%
  • 20% Top 5%
  • 10% Top 10%
  • 50% Top 25%
  • 20% 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 10 responses

  • 20% Significantly better
  • 40% Slightly better
  • 40% 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 10 responses

  • 70% Be careful driving around UF campus in the fall.
  • 30% Careful with speeding and it grows on you

What one word or phrase best describes this area?     Based on 10 responses

  • 80% College town
  • 20% Party town

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 11 responses

  • 27% I love everything about it.
  • 64% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 0% I hate this area.

What initiatives is this area taking to make the community a better place?     Based on 7 responses

  • 50% On-campus gardens for a wide variety of uses
  • 30% More local community events
  • 20% Lots of on campus events sponsored by SG

What are the best things about the area where you live?     Based on 10 responses

  • 37% Transportation with buses is easy and convenient
  • 26% The stores, outdoors, people!
  • 16% Everyone is full of spirit
  • 16% Everyone is pursuing higher education
  • 5% Being surrounded by like-minded people

What are the worst things about the area where you live?     Based on 11 responses

  • 53% At tiems the traffic!
  • 20% Lack of entertainment and quality restaurants
  • 13% Lack of diversity in residents
  • 13% Only one shopping mall
  • 0% Not many things to do

What are the best things about this state?     Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Florida is amazing! Beaches, springs, parks!
  • 27% Warm weather
  • 18% Beautiful state, diverse people
  • 18% Friendly people
  • 0% Lack of income tax

What are the worst things about this state?     Based on 11 responses

  • 35% The bipolar weather
  • 26% Hot summers and hurricane season
  • 17% Humidity
  • 13% Snakes and insects that can kill you
  • 9% Mosquitos