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
    367 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 367 reviews
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    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Gainesville: There is some crime. Not a lot
    • 3
    Overall Experience at Gainesville: I miss were I used to live. I do love the university here.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Gainesville: I'm not sure how it ranks compared to other areas, however, when it does happen, the UFPD notifies people by text which is a good thing to know about.
    • 4
    Overall Experience at Gainesville: Great overall atmosphere; nature, food options, and people pursuing higher education
    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Gainesville: The crime and safety in Gainesville is ideal, nothing too dangerous or strange happens here. The cops are clearly visible and seem to looking out for the best of others interests.

Nearby Towns

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

ZIP Codes

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 32608 44,474
3.66 32607 30,231
4.00 32605 23,162
4.00 32606 23,860
3.66 32609 17,583
4.33 32601 19,212
3.66 32653 14,204
3.66 32641 13,161
3.66 32603 8,272
4.00 32612 6,826

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
3.33 Alachua County Public Schools 72

Top Public Schools

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

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
4.33 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 The Rock School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
3.33 St. Francis Catholic High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
Family Life Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
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
Bhaktivedanta Academy Private, Religious, Montessori PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
Windsor Christian Academy Private, Religious K-11 Elementary, Middle, High
Z.L. Sung Seventh-day Adventist School Private, Religious 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 439.2 278.9 353.8
Murder 1.6 5.0 6.1
Rape 79.6 13.6 38.3
Robbery 117.0 159.8 151.5

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Gainesville, FL United States Florida
Burglary 463.4 573.5 705.2
Larceny 2877.1 2079.6 2743
Motor vehicle theft 232.5 235.5 228.3

Income

Weather

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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 51 responses

  • 73% Yes
  • 12% Not sure
  • 16% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 72 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 58 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 42 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 45 responses

  • 22% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 36% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 38% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 4% 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 23 responses

  • 17% Very accepting.
  • 78% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 4% 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 74 responses

  • 16% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 61% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 19% 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 49 responses

  • 20% I love everything about it.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 18% 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 52 responses

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