Gainesville, FL


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Gainesville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Florida. With a population of 130,128 people and 43 constituent neighborhoods, Gainesville is the 13th largest community in Florida.

Gainesville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gainesville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gainesville who work in office and administrative support (13.00%), teaching (12.43%), and sales jobs (11.59%).

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.

Gainesville is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Gainesville is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Gainesville spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.48 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Gainesville has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Gainesville has quite a high level of public transit users. Gainesville’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The education level of Gainesville ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Gainesville, 42.55% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Gainesville in 2010 was $19,615, which is lower middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $78,460 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 35.85% 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 10.08% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gainesville include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Gainesville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.