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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$109,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$806
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%

Lancaster Rankings

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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
    383
    283
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    135
    41
  • Robbery
    276
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    430
    500
  • Theft
    3,081
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    137
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,233
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%
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Lancaster is a quiet, but growing town outside of Philadelphia. I enjoy driving through the gently rolling fields of Amish farms on my way to work every day, and in general the rhythm of life is peaceful.
If I could change one thing, it would be Lancaster City's downtown area. Although there are a few picturesque streets, like many mid-state cities and towns, Lancaster has seen a rise in crime in its downtown area over the last decade. Neglect has plagued many of the once-beautiful townhomes in the downtown area. Hopefully revitalization is on the way!
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Such an amazing place to grow up. Very excited to be home this summer! Downtown Lancaster is buzzing and always growing - schools are fantastic and jobs are always hiring. There is a lot of construction and expansion going on currently, a massive project in the center of the city is guaranteed to bring more people to the city and enforce Lancaster's place on the map.
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.