A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$834
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%

Aiken Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    349
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    89
    41
  • Robbery
    161
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    654
    1
  • Theft
    4,268
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    306
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,502
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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Aiken Reviews

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I love the fact that there is much culture, history, and engaging activities to immerse yourself into. The educational system here is excellent and there are many employment opportunities for a smaller area. There is a friendly and diverse mix of people here that provides a welcoming environment. This is a very safe area with lots of living options for homebuyers as well. Overall, I feel that Aiken is a wonderful and has something for just about family large or small!
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Aiken is a fun, safe community that offers something for everyone of all ages. It has a very laid back atmosphere and great restaurants! Aiken has one of the top rated colleges as well as a successful collegiate sports program.
I have lived in Aiken for 17 years. It is a somewhat small town with friendly residents. It was considered a "Horse" community but has since diversely developed into a large community.

There is not much to do during the hot weather. This is something that Aiken needs to look into. With many new families moving to this area they need both indoor and outdoor activities for kids.

There are very few sidewalks and even fewer street lights. This might be called the country but again, with new people coming to the area, the safety of all residents should be given a priority consideration by the city and county.

Another negative at the current time in Aiken is that there is only a few main roads through the city. I believe that they are working on this and trying to build new roads so that the residents have alternate access to different parts of Aiken other than Whiskey Road.

Overall it is a very friendly place to live.