Gainesville, VA
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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 $130,944.00.

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 89.95% 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 (17.59%), office and administrative support (11.79%), and computer science and math (9.69%).

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 a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Gainesville’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Gainesville, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 40.91 minutes every day commuting to work.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Gainesville, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Gainesville is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 54.66% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Gainesville in 2010 was $45,988, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $183,952 for a family of four.

Gainesville is a very 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. Important ancestries of people in Gainesville include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

Gainesville also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.64%.

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