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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$102,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$703
National
$928
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    525
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,714
National
$53,889
Children
29%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

    Algoma Reviews

    5 reviews
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    The education system does well for its size and the cut funding that the state controls. I believe the education system would grow tremendously if the superintendent was appointed instead of elected. We have had one new restaurant open in the past year. Our main street is coming back to life as boutiques come into the city. Pontotoc is a good balance of rural life with urban commodities. The cost of living is low, and the people are very friendly. We love hometown athletics and hunting. Much of the community is pious. If you can't find something in Pontotoc, Tupelo is a 25 minute drive away. I see the future of Pontotoc growing if and only if we can get rid of some of the old politicians and bring in some new blood with firm morals and a lack of complacency.
    Review Algoma
    There is a strong sense of community in the area. This is a place where a lot of people like to raise their kids because they know that it is a safe environment. We are actively trying to build a greater community of active residents to push ourselves to become a healthy community. Our biggest example of this is the addition of a biking/walking trail. Longevity is pretty great among the residents, and the community is accepting of most things that are legal and within reason.
    Pontotoc is a great city. Great place to raise a family. It's quiet...most of the time. However, jobs are rare to find. Almost everyone I know works out of the city. The overall atmosphere is great. Everyone is very welcoming. There isn't much go do around here, but we all find ways to have a good time.