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
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$67,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$608
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%

Lima 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
    561
    273
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    126
    41
  • Robbery
    218
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,580
    525
  • Theft
    3,863
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    233
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$29,922
National
$53,889
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    40%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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I truly love my city of Lima, Ohio. It has a reputation of being a "small town" with a relatively low population of just under 40,000. In the past few years, I have seen new businesses form, new opportunities opened for urban youth, and I have seen a steady increase in cultural events and centers.
One downside to Lima is the increase in crime. Within the last 3-5 years, it seems like crime, and particularly drug use/sale crimes, have dramatically increased. I know it's not possible to change the world, but I do believe it's possible to try. I believe there is more that the community AND local government can be doing to better the lives and safety of its inhabitants. Lima is a strong community with a great history that should be revered, and one way to respect that history would be with a reform of how crime is handled.
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Lima is a great college town filled with plenty of hidden opportunities to better yourself academically especially if you are interested in learning how cars/HVAC work and how to fix them!
I think if there were more craft/art events it would make the culture a bit more diverse.
I have lived in Lima my whole life. I can't say that it has been the worst place to live. It has its good points and its bad points just as many other places across the nation do. There are a variety of good places to eat, such as Kewpee and Happy Daz. The Regal Cinema Theater and the Westgate Lanes Bowling Alley are two of the big hot spots for things to do. I recommend keeping in contact with your neighborhood watch groups and taking all necessary precautions to stay safe as I would no matter where you live.