Gainesville, FL Profile: Facts & Data


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Gainesville, Florida - Basic Facts

The City of Gainesville had a population of 130,505 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Gainesville: Hog Town.

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Gainesville, FL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 130,505
Population in Households 118,298
Population in Familes 59,201
Population in Group Qrtrs 12,207
Population Density2 2,119
Diversity Index3 64


Median Household Income $33,732
Average Household Income $54,054
Per Capita Income $23,009


Total Housing Units 60,627 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,676 (30.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 34,836 (57.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 7,115 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $180,592
Average Home Value $204,609


Total Households 53,512
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 21,068
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.59% 0.72%
Households 0.57% 0.78%
Families 0.38% 0.51%
Median Household Income   2.67%
Per Capita Income   2.96%

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, 2018 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 # 377 59th
Diversity Index # 233 75th
Median Household Income # 818 11th
Per Capita Income # 612 34th

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