Gainesville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 133,997 people and 43 constituent neighborhoods, Gainesville is the 13th largest community in Florida.
Gainesville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gainesville is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gainesville who work in teaching (11.78%), office and administrative support (11.61%), and sales jobs (10.11%).
Also of interest is that Gainesville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Gainesville really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Gainesville is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Gainesville more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Gainesville’s character and quality of life.
Not only is Gainesville a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Many people in Gainesville take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Gainesville citizens for affordable transportation.
The citizens of Gainesville are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.10% of adults in Gainesville have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Gainesville in 2018 was $23,018, which is lower middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,072 for a family of four. However, Gainesville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Gainesville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.63% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Gainesville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gainesville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gainesville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Gainesville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gainesville include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Gainesville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.