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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$109,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$783
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%

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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
    374
    273
  • Murder
    12
    6
  • Rape
    135
    41
  • Robbery
    275
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    430
    525
  • Theft
    3,081
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    145
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,313
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%
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I've lived in downtown Lancaster City for about 4 years, and I love it! There's such a renaissance going on with all the music, art, restaurants, and events. It's a great place for a young person to start out because there are tons of opportunities, but it's also great for families. The Central Market is a must-see, as are all the antique shops. If I had to change one thing about Lancaster, it would be the cost of living. It's definitely gone up, and while they're building lots of places for seniors to live, there's not much affordable housing for young people.
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Lancaster County has something for everyone. There is bustling city life as well as quiet suburbs. While you may have to drive to get there, chances are, you'll find what you're looking for. While known for it's Amish population, there's a lot more to Lancaster!
Always something to do here in Lancaster! You get the best of both worlds: town and country. Beautiful lands, fun coffee shops, and easy access to bigger cities such as Philadelphia.