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    A
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
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    C+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Ancient Oaks is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 7,769. Ancient Oaks is in Lehigh County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Ancient Oaks offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ancient Oaks there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Ancient Oaks and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Ancient Oaks are highly rated.
About Ancient Oaks...
Population
7,769

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$281,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,415
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    15%
  • Own
    85%
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Ancient Oaks 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
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    18%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Ancient Oaks

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$99,131
National
$55,322
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A formerly rural area that, developed into a stretch of suburbia where Coal Country meets New Jersey. There's a growing divide between the "locals" and "transplants". "Locals" are generally less sophisticated, less considerate of their surroundings, but feign friendliness. "Transplants" are more well-off and attentive, but don't feign friendliness. "Transplants" are taking-over as younger "locals" move-out and the older ones die-off (literally).

People are the area's biggest flaw. Aside from that, the area is safe, has decent schools, and hardly any pollution (except for litter generated by "local" slobs). However, most establishments are either dilapidated (from the old days), chains (to keep up with development), or pretentious (and overpriced) but unremarkable "high end" places.

All that being said, it can be a good long-term investment. There are lots of poorly maintained fixer-uppers being sold by "locals" that can be a good value; this area is a house-flipper's dream.
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Most restaurants offer cheap, bad food for people who eat-out on a daily basis instead of actually cooking for themselves. The few restaurants that serve decent food are overpriced, because they are "nice" by comparison. Chinese food is the one exception; lots of good places nearby that charge fair prices.

There area few pubs that are good for having a beer, but there are no nearby bars that I would order wine/cocktails at or consider to be trendy.
There are a lot of great food places in my county! It is not comparable to anything in California or New York, but for Pennsylvania I think there are a lot of great options.