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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$206,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$771
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%

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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
    898
    273
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    90
    41
  • Robbery
    266
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    908
    525
  • Theft
    2,362
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    256
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,574
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    28%
    13%
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New Bedford, much like the rest of Massachusetts, has a great historical value. The city of New Bedford is a great place to visit for families, couples or anybody who is a history buff, enjoys historical sightseeing and just enjoys the small town feel. small parks, quiet streets and an almost eerie feel of silence in the evening only to be overcome by the beautiful sensation of spending time in New Bedford. The shopping is limited to small shops and a strip mall mostly with crafts and clothing. Nightlife throughout the city is practically non-existent and the restaurants are wonderful although the local food is usually seafood and most restaurants in the New Bedford area do focus their menu on the seafood. The waterfront provides a great array of historical boats, fishing and other waterfront activities, which can be enjoyed by just about anyone! There is so much culture In this city it is truly amazing
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Growing up in Fall River, we were constantly compared to the neighboring city New Bedford. Each has it's own distinct negative aspects but the year I spent living in New Bedford and 4 years working in the area has shown me otherwise. Compared to Fall River, New Bedford has it's own unique downtown that spans multiple blocks. It is more culturally diverse and offers much history. There is always something happening downtown and there are so many great places to eat!
I have lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts my entire life. This is a large city south of Boston. There is a high crime and drug rate where I live, which is very unfortunate. New Bedford was also voted the most cultural city in Massachusetts. There is a high diversity rate which is a good thing. Art flourishes in New Bedford. There are endless galleries and museums to give tourists a glimpse into the city. In my opinion, the good balances out the bad. I want to help change my community and I have a lot of hope for my hometown in the future!