Gainesville, Virginia is a census-designated place, or CDP, located in Prince William County. The community of Gainesville is settled comfortable in the midst of a humid subtropical climate which delivers hot humid summers and mild winters. Gainesville spans 10.3 square miles, .6 square miles of which is water covered. Though Gainesville remains unincorporated, both commercial and residential development has been at a high in Gainesville since 2000. Today the CDP is a thriving community and is home to six large shopping centers and countless residential structures.
Gainesville, began its life as a stagecoach change point along the Fauquier & Alexandria Turnpike. The Manassas Gap Railroad came through in 1852 with a stop at Gainesville. The arrival of the railroad led to settlement and development in the area, but more importantly it led to it becoming a major shipping point for livestock, grain and more. Gainesville remained the main shipping point for cattle clear up until the 1960s. Growth in those middle years was slow, but major commercial development finally began in 1994 with the development of the CDP's first town home community, Crossroads. Since then development both in residential areas and commercial efforts have thrived.
Today, Gainesville is a thriving community and is home to six large shopping centers and countless residential structures.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Gainesville is the third largest CDP in all of Prince William County and is home to 11,481 people. Residents are spread across 3,959 households throughout the CDP which has a population density of 1,150.2 people per square mile. According to city-data.com in 2012 the estimated medium household income in the community was $121,989 nearly double the state average. The estimated per capita income was $43,951 and the median gross rent was $1,740. The estimated median home value in 2012 was $418,555. These statistics reveal a certain affluence to the area while still maintaining reasonable home prices.
Gainesville is part of the Prince William County School System and there are three public schools in the CDP, Glenkirk Elementary, George G. Tyler Elementary and Bull Run Middle School. A single private school lies within Gainesville, Chesterbrook Academy which teaches PK-5 grade students. For higher education there are 6 universities and one institute within a half an hour of the CDP. Homes for sale in Gainesville range from small starter homes up through larger two and three store homes, however, all the homes predominantly land in the upper middle class category. Rental options include apartments, houses and multi-family structures such as duplexes. Other housing options include town homes and condominiums with a variety of wonderful amenities, these units are primarily for sale or lease. Local real estate agents are best equipped to help you explore all the housing possibilities and find the one that suits your needs and wishes best. Call an agent today for assistance in finding the home of your dreams in beautiful Gainesville, Virginia.