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
    415 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 415 reviews
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    • 4
    Crime & Safety at Gainesville: In all my four years of living here, I have not seen the police being called or heard of anything out of the ordinary.
    • 5
    Overall Experience at Gainesville: The area in which I live has never given me a problem in the past four years that I have been residing here. It is very convenient with grocery stores, laundry mats, gas stations, schools, and parks within walking distances.
    • 2
    Crime & Safety at Gainesville: There was a murder across the street.
    • 1
    Overall Experience at Gainesville: I cannot wait for my lease to come to an end.
    • 3
    Crime & Safety at Gainesville: There are some areas where crime occurs more, but it seems to have gotten a lot better. The police here are great from what little experiences I have had with them but when needed do show up. I know the sheriffs who deal with the pharmacy I work with are very cooperative and helpful. I do feel safer when there are more prevalent cameras in stores and outside in the parking lots.

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

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 55 responses

  • 73% Yes
  • 13% Not sure
  • 15% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 95 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 76 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 64 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 67 responses

  • 16% 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.
  • 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 38 responses

  • 34% Very accepting.
  • 63% 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 97 responses

  • 15% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 64% 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 58 responses

  • 19% I love everything about it.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 19% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 5% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 70 responses

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