Population: 128,610Median home value: $143,900 71 Ranks better than 69% of areas
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A+ Gainesville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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C+ Gainesville Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Florida
955% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Gainesville cost of living
F Gainesville Crime Total crime is 48% higher than Florida
Total crime
4,31657% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2457% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Gainesville crime
D- Gainesville Employment Household income is 33% lower than Florida
Median household income
$32,71641% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,01433% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%equal to the US average
Gainesville employment
D Gainesville Housing Home value is 14% lower than Florida
Median home value
$143,90022% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$85810% lower than the US average
Home ownership
39%39% lower than the US average
Gainesville real estate or Gainesville rentals
C Gainesville Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than Florida
High school grad. rates
88%6% higher than the US average
School test scores
50%1% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:18% higher than the US average
Gainesville K-12 schools or Gainesville colleges

Living in Gainesville, FL

Located in the state of Florida, Gainesville is a moderately-sized city with a population of 128,610 inhabitants. With an average age of 26 years old, Gainesville could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Gainesville. With average one way commute time of only 17 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Living in Gainesville can be a fulfilling experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Florida, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Gainesville, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, employment, housing and more.

Gainesville has a livability score of 71/100 and is ranked #518 in Florida and #8,948 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we know that Gainesville ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (A). There is at least one category that did not score well in Gainesville. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), employment (D-) and housing (D).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Gainesville, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Gainesville: Butterfly Rainforest, Florida Museum of Natural History, and Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Gainesville is actually affordable. The median home price for Gainesville homes is $143,900, which is 13.7% lower than the Florida average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Gainesville, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.4, which is 29.4% higher than the Florida average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Gainesville will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Gainesville, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 6.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.4%.

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Gainesville is a good place to be if you are a college student, as UF has some of the best programs in the nation, and even the community college here is number one in the country. Not only that, but everything in the entire city, from Public transportation to housing to discount at the movies, is built for the students. But, if you're an adult, and just an everyday citizen living in the city, working, and paying might find yourself wanting to run away screaming. Being surrounded by a sea of endless 19 year olds gets exhausting. You start to feel like a kindergarten teacher who never gets to go home at the end of the day. Not to mention, it makes the job market impossible. Why hire full time a worker who needs/wants benefits and higher pay, when they can just higher a couple of part-time employees who just want the job for beer money? Or why hire you, when I have 18 applicants behind you that have brand new Ph.Ds and are willing to work for the same pay? It can be a fun town. But only if you're young and don't really have a lot of responsibilities, after that it gets exhausting and the environment will be at a disservice to you.
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Horrible city. City management and county should be fired. Start over with hope.

This is not a friendly city. Everything geared towards university and extracting money from student. Cost of living is high and certainly not worth it. Job market and livable wages are none existent. Everyday living - you find very unfriendly people and a large portion are bigots. A lot of propaganda. You live here for any length of time - you too will learn to despise it.High crime, high drug use. No solutions just B.S. .
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What it is

Gainesville is a horrible city town to live in. The students might like parts of it but their not staying long enough to get to know how it really is nor do they get the actual living here perspective. The town has domestic abuse issues (some resulted to death) linked to drugs linked to student desocialization (lonely girl on campus) linked to employment abuse resulting to desocialization. Victum blaming and continued survival abuse so the survivor looks unstable and unable to live a normal and fulfilling life post testominoy of the drugs and abuse. Also post providing information while on scene of a drug bust to an attorney or while in court and provided verbal confirmation and was told to come in here with me. I am an educated alumni of The University of Florida who has yet to become employed with salary, health benefits, and an income sustainable to support a life after graduating UF. I have applied to Gainesville postings and all over the state. The most common statement or assumption is you would think being a graduated of the home town university would make you a prime prospective employee, well better think again. I mean atleast not when your a home town domestic abuse survivor regarding the home town organized drug crime which does flow through the students. The school atmosphere was not friendly at all to me and I am hidden away I am guessing to be forgotten about? Once you take a step back from the drugs really really your called a hater, jealous you have no money and job, problems happen on your job once do get job of people trying to figure out if your the girl, your retaliated against by streets and "normal people" false claims are made. You try to document and be perfect in everything so when people do start harassing again or the cycle starts again you can hopefully not become a victum another decade, it is the worst experience and I should of chosen another university. The abuser uses the other girl and I guess her seated judge connections or whoever she knows as a means to have an escape to reside with and sell his drugs to while she helps him move to all the friends however they do it is a social thing. I guess is going to be another decade affair? Apparently it is called a "PSA = public service announcement" that we all work so we do not sell drugs. What better way to cover drugs than to have a source of income? So because their all employed the situstion becomes organized crime and another reason why the survivor does not get hired because their all the people working the positions?Home of thes gators is said to be crip territory from what I have heard growing up here, so I guess would explain the blue color? There are shootings and rapes. The dealers prefer to date school girls or atleast get what they can from them while there her in school. Nursing is a big part of Gainesville and when people think of hospitals they think supportive financials so drug dealers dates these girls to account where the money is coming from. This is all done on a mutual introduction basis, who knows who. Ever been a ride along to a dealer would be shocked at how go from the ghettos of east and sw gainesville to a rich neighborhood as sunrise or gainesville gulf and country club or to a business to drop off cocaine. The clubs are according to which drug scene part of and are really not mature at all; maybe there are also students who are partying and not involved in the local (not so local) matters. The only way to move from here is to have a job to have the money to leave it s a cycle.
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Avoid It!

Avoid ever moving to Gainesville or anywhere using GAinesville Regional Utilities. They are terrible and will take you for all you're worth. They're the only utility available in Gainesville therefore they use their monopolistic stance to charge an arm and a leg. I even called an employee out on that and they tried to say the only place that doesn't have a utility monopoly is in TX which I know for a fact is either a lie or misinformation as where I'm from has two utility companies available.
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Total Waste!

so i moved to gainesville because i was promised by local employers the opportunity for work and education. only to find out the employers are underhanded and fire people just before they qualify for benefits and the local population is under the impression that they are the coolest thing since sliced bread. all in all gainesville is one of the most ridiculous and pathetic places i have ever lived. dont even get me started about the college kids that goes without saying. so if you are thinking about moving here because either youve heard its good or someone has actually promised you something DONT COME. its all a scam.
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Gator Infested!!

Overall Gainesville is just a regular, sleepy, small town for people who just want a regular life. Most people here are college students who are die-hard gator fans and if you tell them any different prepare to get bashed. This place is college football infested and they put so much attention on the football team. There will not be a day where you won't see people wearing gator stuff. If you go into Jcpenny's they have a whole section for just gator clothes. It's ridiculous. Don't dare wear another team logo here. If you hate the gators don't bother living here. Another thing I noticed is that there are alot of snooty college students.(I'm a college student too who attends a community college here. They all like being in cliques, but not everyone is like that. Only certain frat house students and blondes who think they're too pretty and cool to hang with minorities. They too are gator die-hard fans. The driving here is CRAZY. since there are so many young drivers here none of them know how to drive and pedestrians having the right-away doesn't apply here. If you don't want to get hit by a car just let them pass. They will pruposely speed up so you won't go. Other than that, Gainesville isn't that bad, just try to avoid the crazy gator fans and a few snobby UF students.
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Gainesville, FL - The Orange and Blue

I've traveled to Gainesville, Florida many times when I drove a shuttle at the airport in Jacksonville, Florida. I think the most amazing thing about the city of Gainesville is the people. They all have a sense of pride for their football team, The Florida Gators. Everyone was also very friendly. It was almost as if you knew the people there forever. You'll see plenty of orange and blue in town.

There is a lot of nice Gainesville restaurants to choose from. A lot of them have outside tables on a patio to sit at and enjoy what's going on around you. I enjoyed eating at the Swamp while I was there. Famous for their burgers, this place has a lot to offer. Good food, great music and live entertainment. This place is located in walking distance to UNF. It's a great place to enjoy some tasty food.

Sports bars a big thing in this fired up little city. And it's no surprise with it being know as the Gatornation. With big screen TV's everywhere there's no way you're going to miss any action of a local football game here. More beer than you can think of too. Once you visit Gainesville, Florida, you won't be disappointed by anything.
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