B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  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
$240,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,082
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    290
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    14
    41
  • Robbery
    85
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    163
    525
  • Theft
    1,485
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    85
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$65,305
National
$53,889
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Beacon Reviews

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Beacon is a fantastic historical town with an artsy side. There is an art museum and many art shops in town. Beacon is also ideal for people who enjoy being outdoors. There are parks and hiking trails right in Beacon and withing driving distance. Beacon also has a train station that offers access and commuting potential to New York City. I have noticed that Beacon is growing and becoming a more viable option for those who commute to NYC for work, but I would like to keep Beacon a quite place where people can enjoy nature, art, and a good cup of coffee!
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I personally love Beacon. I moved here when I was 6 and I am now 17. All the schools were very good. The teachers were all very into their jobs and did everything they could to help their students. The town itself if very nice as well. We all come together and help each other and keep each other safe. Because it is a smaller city, a lot of people know each other or have family who live here as well, so it makes it seem like we are all connected somehow. One thing I would change would be more spirit in our schools. The schools have bits and pieces of good spirit but as a whole there is not a lot of school spirit running through the halls of our school.
I was born and raised in the area and moved away to attended College. Life, jobs , family and starting a family brought us back. When we first moved back in 2002 there where great hopes that in the future would be bright for Beacon and watched our property value tumble. After a slow and steady start, our city has undergone a huge revitalization and is the place to live along the Hudson River. We benefit form beautiful hiking trails, the majestic hudson river, a thriving main street and environmentally aware citizens. The fact that fining a parking spot on main street is challenging at times is a good problem to have.