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 91.37% 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 (13.11%), teaching (12.31%), and sales jobs (11.78%).

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.

One of the benefits of Gainesville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.97 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

A lot of people in Gainesville take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Gainesville, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The education level of Gainesville ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Gainesville, 42.97% 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 $19,618, which is lower middle income relative to Florida and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $78,472 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 35.58% 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. 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.