Gainesville is a somewhat small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 12,750 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Gainesville is the 67th largest community in Virginia. Much of the housing stock in Gainesville was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Gainesville economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Gainesville, where the median household income is $141,609.00.
Gainesville home prices are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but Gainesville real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Gainesville is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.93% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gainesville is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gainesville who work in management occupations (17.16%), office and administrative support (10.84%), and sales jobs (9.72%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.04% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Because of many things, Gainesville is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Gainesville really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Gainesville perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Gainesville, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 39.08 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Even though Gainesville is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
If knowledge is power, Gainesville is a pretty powerful place. 55.73% of the adults in Gainesville have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Gainesville in 2018 was $47,420, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $189,680 for a family of four.
Gainesville is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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 Asian. Gainesville also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.15% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gainesville include Irish, German, Italian, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Gainesville's cultural character, accounting for 19.67% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Gainesville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.