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    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Norristown is a suburb of Philadelphia with a population of 34,460. Norristown is in Montgomery County. Living in Norristown offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Norristown there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Norristown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Norristown are above average.
About Norristown...
Population
34,460

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$153,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,018
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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Norristown Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    215
    283
  • Murder
    12
    6
  • Rape
    17
    41
  • Robbery
    300
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    195
    500
  • Theft
    1,347
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    128
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,168
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%
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Norristown has many affordable suburbs that are great for families looking to be involved in their community. Community and neighborhood camaraderie are positive and strong! I can't speak for the more urban parts of Norristown, but the rural areas are very clean and offer beautiful housing. There are a ton of great restaurants and is a great location, as it's close to many local tourists hot spots (Philly, King of Prussia, PA Turnpike, etc.).
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We live on the last block before East Norriton begins but we live within the Norristown Borough. It is a nice neighborhood with houses throughout the area. There are only a few houses up for sale in the near vicinity. I like that Norristown has multiple public transportation options with reasonable expenses (especially into Philadelphia). Norristown also has some unique shops and a large thrift store that is next to the Social Security Administration and also the Pennsylvania DMV. It is very easy to find a grocery store, general shopping, shops and also services for all. Norristown also provides easy access to major routes - the turnpike, Route 202, Route 476, and Route 76 to provide a few. Norristown is about the average as far as renting renting costs. The main thing that I do not like about Norristown is the crime rate. While we are on the border of East Norriton and Norristown, it is a little safer. However, within several blocks there are numerous crimes committed.
I would love to see more recreation centers, and an after school homework place for young children. Let's not forget, they are our future! By reaching out and providing school help, is an investment in our overall community.