Gainesville, VA Profile: Facts & Data

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Gainesville, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Gainesville Census Designated Place had a population of 17,004 as of July 1, 2020. Gainesville ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Gainesville is located at latitude 38.7957 and longitude -77.6139 in Prince William County. The formal boundaries for the Gainesville Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 10.13 sq. miles and a water area of 0.57 sq. miles. Prince William County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 358 feet.

The Gainesville Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389822) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.


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Gainesville, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 17,004 (100%)
Population in Households 17,004 (100.0%)
Population in Families 15,069 (88.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,682
Diversity Index2 71
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $143,580
Average Household Income $176,436
% of Income for Mortgage4 14%
Per Capita Income $55,838
Wealth Index5 220
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 5,534 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,700 (84.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 781 (14.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 53 ( 1.0%)
Median Home Value $480,963
Average Home Value $517,480
Housing Affordability Index3 166
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 5,481
Average Household Size 3.1
Family Households 4,354
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 3.91% 2.41%
Households 3.58% 2.28%
Families 3.57% 2.22%
Median Household Income   1.29%
Per Capita Income   1.5%
Owner Occupied HU   2.4%

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Gainesville, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gainesville to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 76 87th
Population Density # 162 73rd
Median Household Income # 34 94th
Housing Affordability Index # 285 48th
Per Capita Income # 64 89th
Diversity Index # 74 88th

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