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West Central Germantown is a neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a population of 9,570. West Central Germantown is in Philadelphia County. Living in West Central Germantown offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In West Central Germantown there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in West Central Germantown and residents tend to be liberal.
About West Central Germantown...
Population
9,570

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$203,794
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$906
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    67%
  • Own
    33%
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West Central Germantown Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    122.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    81.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    163.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    929.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    30.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$49,604
National
$55,322
Families with Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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West Central Germantown Reviews

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Germantown is an underrated and often overlooked neighborhood of Philadelphia. While many twenty-somethings are flocking to Fishtown, Graduate Hospital, and parts of South and West Philadelphia, those who seek a slightly longer commute to Center City are rewarded with beautiful architecture and arguably some of the highest levels of greenery in the city. It is also incredibly affordable.

Germantown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Philadelphia and is full of character and charm. My favorite aspect is its proximity to Wissahickon Valley Park which is over 1,800 acres and has 57+ miles of trails. This area is perfect for transplants to the city.

Despite all the good, there is room for improvement. The area is dotted with vacant lots and crumbling homes. The neighborhood borders higher crime-ridden areas (although I've never had any problems). However, its these two things which make West Central Germantown affordable, a good investment, and perfect for new homeowners.
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First, the negatives:

1. The commercial corridor could use an economic shot in the arm. It seems like every storefront has those metal, roll-down walls to prevent break-ins.

2. There is a noticeable amount of litter on the avenue near the Chelten intersection.

3. There seem to be a number of vacant lots or abandoned properties along the Avenue and on Chelten.

Now, the positives:

1. The architecture. There are pockets of Germantown, West Central and beyond, that are absolutely stunning. The homes in West Central in particular are collection of beautiful fortresses.

2. Public transportation. A number of bus lines crisscross the area, on Walnut Lane in particular. And most addresses here are a 10-min or less walk from both Tulpehocken Station and Germantown Station.

3. The greenery. If you are looking a bucolic retreat in the city, you can't beat the Northwest.

4. The scale. It's rare to find lots this large in a community with a Walkscore in the mid to high 80's.
I love the community here. Great neighbors, and beautiful diversity. Lots of trees, flowers and community gardens. I would like a better supermarket.