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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$262,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,480
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%

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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
    273
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    525
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$57,824
National
$53,889
Children
7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%
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College Park Reviews

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The student housing is extremely expensive. Any affordable housing is worn down. However, there is an abundance of transportation options and local shops, which is by far the highlight of the area! I also love the walking trails that are available, but be sure to avoid them at night.
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The University of Maryland is the epicenter of College Park. Outside of the university, there's very average entertainment and food. There's about a dozen pizza places (this is not a joke, I'm dead serious) and other mediocre Chinese, bagel places, etc. All of this is on Route 1. Everything else is just out of reach, such as a legitimate grocery store (there's Target Express, which has a limited selection and higher prices), the movie theater, etc.
I am a current student at the University of Maryland and have lived off campus for 3 years now. This review is from a student's perspective. One of the pros of College Park includes the large, beautiful lake Artemesia and the entire park connected to it. It is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the outdoors. The area is also very diverse because of the mix of students and permanent residents and families that live here.

A downside to College Park is the crime rate, especially around campus. It is typically only at night, and only in a certain section of town (Knox Rd area). There are not many places to go out at night, within walking distance of the university or surrounding neighborhoods. And, the housing is expensive for student, who are looking to live close to the university.