Gainesville 65 Below average
Gainesville Livability #659 ranked city in Florida#16,782 ranked city in the USARanks better than 42% of areas
A+ Gainesville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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 84% higher than Florida
Total crime
3,95368% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2668% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
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
52%8% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:18% higher than the US average
Gainesville K-12 schools
D Gainesville User Ratings There are a total of 30 ratings in Gainesville
Overall user rating
55% 30 total ratings
User reviews rating
34% 8 total reviews
User surveys rating
73% 22 total surveys
all Gainesville poll results

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      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%.

      Gainesville transportation information

      Average one way commute17min27min26min
      Workers who drive to work68.0%79.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.3%9.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit7.8%2.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle5.1%0.7%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.1%1.5%2.8%
      Working from home4.2%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Gainesville, FL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).