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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$139,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$742
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

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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
    24
    273
  • Murder
    12
    6
  • Rape
    134
    41
  • Robbery
    49
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    548
    525
  • Theft
    2,264
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    37
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,723
National
$53,889
Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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I love the diversity of the college students in the town. Basically, I found that almost everything I read/heard/experienced about Oberlin was pretty amazing. The quality of academics aside - music pervades the atmosphere there, students love discussing and are very intellectual, and they are politically active. It also seems like a place where you can be whomever you want to be and be perfectly accepted. The atmosphere seems comfortable, intellectually nourishing, and homey (community feel). My interview was by far the most comfortable interview I've had. My interviewers and I had some fun conversations, laughed, and just talked - they didn't try to pry academic information from me or sell Oberlin. They just wanted to find out who I was, put a face to all those stats. They sent ME a thank you card, and then admission sent me a birthday card! More than any other school with the possible exception of Hampshire, I felt that Oberlin really cared about who I was as a person.
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I generally feel very safe here, particularly on the college campus, as do the considerable numbers of students who walk alone or in small groups at night. There are, however, (very) occasional reports of harassment or drug overdoses within the county. Rent is affordable, there are reasonably priced places to eat, and concerts are most often free. The culture of the college and that of the surrounding area, however, are almost entirely different. It makes for some interesting encounters.
Growing up in Oberlin, you're exposed to a lot of different people and ideas. Literally anything can happen. I find that I'm more open minded than others from different cities than mine. I love that I can just walk around feeling completely safe at any time of day and I could go and sit down town in Tappen Square, in the grass. Its a nice safe place to grow up in and I'm happy I got to experience life in a place like Oberlin. But just like every town, it has its cons. I wish everything wasn't for the college students. I hate that they own half of the town and can ban community members from stepping on college grounds. That makes it hard to live here considering how small Oberlin is. This town is built on equality and diversity but the public schools choose the white and "smart" kids to help and leave the rest of us to figure it out. They make it seem like they believe that we're the problem. The principals are twisted. But at least I'm about to graduate.