Gainesville

452 reviews
  1. City in Florida
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$145,700
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$851
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    439
    264
  • Murder
    2
    5
  • Rape
    80
    37
  • Robbery
    117
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    463
    1
  • Theft
    2,877
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    232
    257

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$32,108
National
$53,046
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    14%
  • K-8 Schools
  • High Schools
  • Colleges

Reviews

452 reviews
  • Excellent
    54
  • Very Good
    200
  • Average
    169
  • Poor
    22
  • Terrible
    7
I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. I really enjoy the city, and think it's a great place for families to live. It offers many activities and programs for children, and recently it has more and more stores and shopping centers being developed. It is a very safe and friendly city, and thanks to the University of Florida and Shand's Hospital, it is also very diverse. There's also a wonderful selection of restaurants! You could eat out at a different one every night of the month.

With all of that being said, the price of living has continued to go up every year, and there are more and more apartment complexes being built. The city is starting to feel congested, with traffic getting worse every year. They try to reroute traffic and make the roadways work, but there's not enough space. There is also a very clear poverty divide between the East and West sides of town.
  • Current Resident
  • 17 days ago
I've lived in Alachua County my whole life and have enjoyed the amenities of Gainesville for some time. I chose to move from my hometown 30 miles east in order to be closer to school and work. Nature lovers and city goers alike can always find something neat to do here. There's lots of shopping, entertainment, and restaurant choices. Night life is live and localized to a small area so as not to encroach on the older residents. A short drive away, 30-45 minutes or so, is the town of High Springs. This area has the highest concentration of high magnitude springs in the whole world! You can chose to swim in the beautiful springs, camp out at the campgrounds, kayak, canoe the river etc. Butler Plaza is expanding to include hundreds of new stores within the next year or so and has already started it's expansion. Gainesville has tons to do for any person of any interest.
  • Niche User
  • 4 months ago
I love Gainesville! They just gave us a new shopping center, which is great, with way more options to choose from in terms of dining, retail, and grocers. I live in "Oak Crest", a quiet little suburb. The only thing I would change in Gainesville would be the traffic patterns. The roads are questionable on Archer and a bit confusing by the new Butler plaza.
  • Current Resident
  • 10 days ago