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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$60,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$704
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
  • Murder
    0
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$33,000
National
$53,889
Children
28%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    1%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    3%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    48%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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Most people say they hate Liberty and want to leave and never come back, but I feel differently. I loved the time I spent there. Moving here i felt like I wouldn't like it, but the high school, mainly the teachers, showed me how this could be a good place. I found my love of Sign Language there, which is what I am pursuing a degree in College, i absolutely feel that Liberty was a big part of why I turned out so successful.
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