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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$186,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,051
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    44
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    131
    500
  • Theft
    480
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    44
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$64,453
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    46%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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Alpha Reviews

2 reviews
Alpha has been my home for over 18 years and I have seen it undergo some changes - most of it for the better. This town is quite small, yet it is convenient to major stores and highways. The crime rate is very low, and the residents are friendly. Between the town, the school, our volunteer FD, and our small local library, there are many social opportunities. There are two things that keep me from giving my town 5 stars: our taxes are quite high, and there are members on our town council (who keep getting re-elected because their name goes back generations in town) who refuse to vote to allow us to reopen our community pool, which the people of the town have voted to refurbish and reopen. Truthfully, if we had our community pool (one of the reasons we moved here in the first place) I would probably give Alpha 5 stars, even with the higher taxes.
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It is a small town with limited resources but it is clean, peaceful and a great place to grow up.