Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsB-
- Crime & SafetyNG
- Good for FamiliesB
- Cost of LivingB+
- Health & FitnessB-
- Outdoor ActivitiesB+
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.
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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.
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.