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Gainesville is a census-designated place in western Prince William County, Virginia, United States. Gainesville was once a changing point for stagecoach horses on the Fauquier & Alexandria Turnpike. In earlier times, the village that became known as “Gainesville” actually had two other names, if only briefly. In colonial days, the region was known as the “Middle Grounds,” in reference to its location between Broad Run and Bull Run. Gainesville became a shipping point for grain, timber, and cattle and remained a major cattle shipping point into the early 1960s.

Gainesville has a humid subtropical climate, with mild winters with brief cold snaps, and hot and humid summers with frequent thunderstorms. Spring and autumn are pleasantly warm. January is the coldest month with highs around 45 °F and lows around 25 °F. July is the warmest month, with highs around 90 °F and lows around 65 °F. The median household income was $76,300 and the median family income was $82,627. Males had a median income of $46,934 and females $40,385. The per capita income was $35,196.


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Major commercial and residential development has taken place since 2000, resulting in Gainesville having six large shopping centers. The intersection of I-66 and Lee Highway (29 Highway) has the largest shopping center with big box stores, such as Target Supercenter, Lowe's, Best Buy, DSW, Walgreens, and many other stores and restaurants. Somerset Crossing has a Bank Of America, Wells Fargo, and other shops. Close to US-15 are a Staples, Ross, Wegmans Food Markets, Michael's, and Harris Teeter. The Promenade at Virginia Gateway was developed by The Peterson Companies, including BJ's Warehouse, which opened in January 2012, and Regal Theaters which opened in late 2013. A proposed Haymarket / Gainesville railway station extension for the VRE was scheduled to open in 2022, connecting the region via commuter rail to Fairfax County, Manassas, and Washington, D.C. However the project was voted down by the VRE Operations Board, in favor of expanding services to the existing station in Broad Run.

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3 George Tyler Elementary School Preschool - 5th Grade Public
5 Glenkirk Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
5 Buckland Mills Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
3 Bull Run Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
4 Gainesville Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Lake Manassas Academy Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Winwood Children's Center Iv Preschool - 5th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Chesterbrook Academy Preschool - Preschool Private/Charter
N/A Montessori Of Gainesville - Casa Dei Bambini Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
* School data provided by National Center for Education Statistics, Pitney Bowes, and GreatSchools. Intended for reference only. GreatSchools Ratings compare a school’s test performance to statewide results. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school or district directly.