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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Godfrey is a suburb of St. Louis with a population of 17,685. Godfrey is in Madison County. Living in Godfrey offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Godfrey and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Godfrey are above average.
About Godfrey...
Population
17,685

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$142,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$911
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    18%
  • Own
    82%
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Godfrey Rankings

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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
    101.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    5.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    265.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,878.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    33.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    41%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Godfrey

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$69,192
National
$55,322
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Godfrey Reviews

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There are some nice things - it's relatively quiet, low traffic, not too spread out, and there are some fairly nice places to eat and shops. Cost of living is low. However, not much economic growth or job opportunities, not much diversity (overall - including culturally, racially, financially, sexually, etc.). Not very progressive. It's not particularly safe - the crime rate, especially violent crime, is higher than the national average, and has been increasing over the last 10 years. Lack of options when it comes to groceries (no healthy/organic/sustainable stores and very few options at non-organic stores). Have to travel at least 25 minutes to get to more options. Many people commute to neighboring cities (at least 25 minute drive) for work - just not enough jobs in town that can provide a liveable income.
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Godfrey is overall clean and nice from the parts that I have lived in. There are large areas of farmland with nice houses, and areas closer to Alton that are a bit run down. It has some of the older houses like Alton, but Godfrey lacks some of that character of Alton. I live on a quiet street, aside from the occasional person setting off fireworks, with little crime or disruption.
What I liked about this city is that there was diversity. In other words, different colors are mixed in the society. In addition to diversity, I liked the college, Lewis and Clark, because there is history in the college as well as professors who are willing to help you when you need it. There are stores and restaurants everywhere you go. Godfrey is a city worth living in.