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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$68,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$670
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    154
    273
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    4
    41
  • Robbery
    133
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    628
    525
  • Theft
    2,369
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    63
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$29,295
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    40%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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Elmira is my hometown; I've lived there my entire life, but there are many changes I'd like to see. It seems like Elmira has become a "prison town." The only thing many people know Elmira for is our prison & therefore it attracts not the most reputable people. It's saddening because there are so many positive qualities about this area, including my soon to be school, Elmira College. Elmira College is a beautiful school that has kept many of their buildings intact & have since been made into historical sites. This beautiful private school attracts people from all over the northeast to Elmira. Another great quality about Elmira is that it's so close to the Finger Lakes region, which attracts people from all over the U.S. We have recently just been informed that downtown Elmira will once again be renovated in order to attract more visitors to stores & the First Arena for hockey games. I would love to see this town get the love it deserves & no longer just be known for it's prison.
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Elmira, New York is is generally small town located in the Southern Tier. Many years ago, Elmira experienced a damaging flood and has struggled in many ways since. An important aspect that was affected by the flood was Elmira's finances; Elmira has experienced serious economic setbacks. For this reason, Elmira has become a poverty stricken city where many people are low income families. Crime is not uncommon and generally, Elmira is a ghetto. My experience has been safe and productive because of my parents. I've been able to thrive in Elmira and I know many great people who've grown up in this city. Elmira isn't an attractive place to travel to or live in. However, my experience has been rather positive.
I've lived in Elmira NY my entire life. Elmira is full of great history, from Mark Twain to Ernie Davis. Elmira and the surrounding areas are rich with with beautiful sites to see. If I had to change anything about Elmira the one thing that I would like to change is the negative stigma that Elmira has due to having two major prisons located here, I would like for people to know that we are much more than just the prisons.