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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B+
New Castle is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 22,434. New Castle is in Lawrence County. Living in New Castle offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and retirees live in New Castle and residents tend to lean conservative.
About New Castle...
Population
22,434

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$62,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$626
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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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
    186.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    218.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,106.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,080.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    109.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    47%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in New Castle

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$31,044
National
$55,322
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New Castle Reviews

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New Castle has a great "small town" feel. It is unlike an other place I have been. We moved here from another state (VA) recently and are very happy with our decision, especially after looking at houses in several other areas in western PA. Our new neighbors have been so kind, people in our neighborhood (North Hill historic district) really take care of their houses and yards, and have pride in their community. I have been pleasantly surprised with the number of really good restaurants, local markets, and diversity. This area is also so quiet and you can see the stars at night! Close to a few parks, outdoor rec, Amish country, wineries, etc.
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I just moved to New Castle a few weeks ago. Overall since I've been here I am genuinely concerned about my safety. More than once I have been woken up by people screaming and police sirens flying passed my house in the middle of the night. Although our neighbors are nice, there are a lot of questionable people in this city. The roads have so many potholes(I guess not much different than the rest of Pennsylvania) and they always feel the need to do road work at 7am when everyone is trying to get to their jobs. My time so far in New Castle has been short and maybe I just need to wait it out but I have more bad experiences here than I've had good.
New Castle is a small town in Pennsylvania that struggles with a drug problem. There are neighborhoods within New Castle that are more affluent and safe, as well as many farming communities. However, the city center is where most of the crime and drug problems take place.