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
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$86,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$644
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%

Bedford Rankings

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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
    22
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    22
    41
  • Robbery
    22
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    232
    1
  • Theft
    2,166
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    75
    0

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,706
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    40%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%
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Bedford Reviews

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I was not born in Bedford, but I did grow up there. The people are very cordial and friendly. Many small businesses riddle the town and keep the economy healthy. Bedford recently underwent a project entitled "beautifying Bedford" which helped to put in elegant lamp posts along a particularly dark street, traveled by many commuters. Although Bedford is a small town, they are only about 15 minutes from Bloomington where you can find anything you can't find in Bedford, making the traffic in Bedford very light, while big enough to get frozen yogurt, a trip to the grocery store, or your favorite cup of coffee.
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The methamphetamine use is rampant. Not enough is being done to prosecute the people doing the manufacturing. The number of people released and re-released is extremely high. Meanwhile, they have every street in the city torn to pieces from construction everywhere. Our shopping options are limited, requiring travel to Bloomington, Indiana. The job market consists of minimum wage, part-time jobs, while the rental market is unreasonably inflated.
The city of Bedford, Indiana, is in Lawrence County, located roughly 1 hour south of the state of Indiana's capital, Indianapolis. This city is definitely interesting that's for sure. Simply put, you have no idea how this town is exactly until you visit or live within the confines of the city limits. If you ever visit this area of northern Lawrence County, you will be in for a surprise.