Phoenix Subdivison is predominantly rental property and housing is much more likely to be rented (97.3%), than it is to be owner occupied (1.0%) - the missing 1.7% of homes are occupied by squatters. Never the less, Phoenix's proportion of rented-to-owner-occupied units is high for Gainesville, which reports 62.0% of its properties to be rented.
Owning a home in the Gainesville area usually cost between $1,000-$1,500 per month. In Phoenix, 67% of home-owners with a mortgage spend between $1,001 and $1,500 on selected home-owner costs per month. This is a higher percentage than Gainesville and Gainesville Metro. The next most common cost range for home-owners with a mortgage is between $1,500 - $2,000. Approximately 33.3% of Phoenix's residents pay between $1,500 - $2,000 on selected home-owner costs every month.
Rent is usually between $500 - $1000 per month. Most rental units cost between $500 and $1,000 every month in Phoenix. The 2013 median rent in Phoenix is $674/month. This proportion of residents paying rent within this range is slightly higher than Gainesville and Gainesville Metro whose median rent is $660/month.
Utility providers in Phoenix include Gainesville Regional Utilities for water and power; Cox cable for internet, television and phone; ATT for internet and phone service. Also, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 allows residents to utilize Dish and DirecTV satellite services.
Demographics of the Phoenix Population
A majority of Phoenix's population is college-aged, meaning they are between 20 and 24 years old. This may be because of the university nearby. This is a high percentage for Gainesville and Gainesville Metro. The second largest age group in Phoenix is the young professionals category with approximately 18.21% of residents between 25 and 34 years old.
In Phoenix, 59% of people are Caucasian. This is a relatively low percentage of Caucasians for Gainesville and Gainesville Metro. Approximately 20% of Phoenix's residents are African American, making it the second most common ethnicity and typical for Gainesville. Compared to other neighborhoods in Gainesville Metro, Phoenix has a relatively high percentage of Hispanic residents at 15%. Phoenix has a lower proportion of Hispanic residents than both Florida which is 22%, and a bit higher than the United States as a whole, by 2.5%.
Men out-populate women in Phoenix by 8.2%. To put this in perspective, Phoenix has a lower percentage of women and a higher percentage of men than the Gainesville Metro area. Compared to Gainesville Metro Phoenix has a low percentage of women and a higher percentage of men for Gainesville Metro.
While most households in Phoenix primarily speak English, 59.1%, this is a low percentage for Gainesville and Gainesville Metro areas. The second most commonly spoken language in Phoenix is Spanish, with 32.9% of households using it as the primary language.
Most families (89.5%) in Phoenix are classified as small, meaning they have two or three members. This is a higher percent of small family units than typical in Gainesville and Gainesville Metro areas. The percentage of married-couple families is a very small 5.5%.
Approximately 59.1% of Phoenix's population has an annual household income below $25,000 which means that most residents live in low income households. The 2013 median income for Phoenix residents was $21,010 compared to Gainesville $31,600. This is a high percentage of low income households for Gainesville and Gainesville Metro. The second most common household income level is lower middle class with approximately 32.9% of Phoenix's residents living in a household earning an annual income between $25,000 and $50,000.
Approximately 35.56% of the Phoenix population has only earned a high school degree. One way to compare education levels is by considering Bachelor's Degree attainment. Phoenix has a lower percentage of people with a Bachelor's Degree than Gainesville and Gainesville Metro, which suggests that this is a poorly educated neighborhood.
Idylwild Elementary School - Ranking Average
Kanapaha Middle School - Ranking Above Average
Eastside High School - Ranking Average
University of Florida - Ranking 4th among AAU publics and 3rd in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges”
Santa Fe College - Ranking #1 community college in the nation.