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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$83,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$619
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    33
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    33
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    133
    1
  • Theft
    2,097
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67
    0

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$32,765
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%
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Many businesses have not succeeded in our small town, rural area. Because of this, it is necessary to travel one to one and a half hours away to have access to more businesses. Our local Walmart is the only surviving department store, with a small,l struggling, family owned grocery store competing with Walmart for business. Walgreen's is the only surviving drug store to also compete with Walmart. We do have many car parts stores, and a new paint store. We have seen three long standing down town businesses recently close, as well as a restaurant change hands four times in the last eight years.
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Our area experiences all of the seasons, the winter being the longest and most severe. Often winters include severe snow storms and ice storms, impacting driving and closures. Due to this, springtime, summer and autumn are especially enjoyed. The most common clothing needed is clothing for warmth.
There are few food and drink opportunities in our small town, although neighboring small towns come to our town for the ones that are available. A favorite is a family owned Chinese restaurant. There is a family diner here and a McDonalds as well as a Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken. There are two local bars also. We have very limited options.