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Gainesville, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Gainesville had a population of 129,032 as of July 1, 2017. Gainesville ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Florida. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Gainesville is located at latitude 29.6788 and longitude -82.3461 in Alachua County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gainesville (see map below) encompass a land area of 61.6 sq. miles and a water area of 1.12 sq. miles. Alachua County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 177 feet.

The City of Gainesville (GNIS ID: 2403676) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Florida is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Gainesville is located within Gainesville CCD of Alachua County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Gainesville population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Gainesville: Hog Town.

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Gainesville, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 129,032
Daytime Population: Workers 99,400
Daytime Population: Residents 69,682
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 169,082
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.31
Population in Households 117,306
Population in Familes 59,409
Population in Group Qrtrs 11,726
Population Density2 2,095
Diversity Index3 64


Median Household Income $31,995
Average Household Income $52,781
Per Capita Income $22,553


Total Housing Units 60,076 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,621 (29.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 35,489 (59.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,967 (11.6%)
Median Home Value $171,695
Average Home Value $195,369


Total Households 53,109
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 20,931
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.51% 0.63%
Households 0.55% 0.66%
Families 0.34% 0.39%
Median Household Income   1.74%
Per Capita Income   2.39%

Gainesville, FL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gainesville to the other 919 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Florida by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 14 99th
Population Density # 376 59th
Diversity Index # 228 76th
Median Household Income # 830 10th
Per Capita Income # 600 35th

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