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.
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.
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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Gainesville is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Gainesville a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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, 45.10% 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 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.