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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$145,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$922
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%

Philadelphia Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    495
    273
  • Murder
    18
    6
  • Rape
    84
    41
  • Robbery
    431
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    516
    525
  • Theft
    2,311
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    321
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,253
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%
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Really, Really surprised to see such a low ranking for the city (especially with millennials and jobs). For those who have never lived in the city and who view it through the lens of Rocky, let me descrobe the city.

Thriving industry that houses hundreds of thousands of highly educated, productive employees. Companies, like Comcast, AmerisourceBergen, Dupont, Lincoln Financial, Independence Blue Cross, Aramark, Crown Cork, Cambells soup and UGI all have their headquarters within a 10 mile radius. And those are just the fortune 300 companies!

In terms of 'quality of life', public transit is extensive and cheap (i live in center city and commute via train to the suburbs and could take same train the other direction to Atlantic City), restaurants are on par with any city in America (save for Manhattan perhaps), real estate is affordable most places, especially compared to most cities and Philly is home to the greatest sports fans in the country
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Throughout the years Roxborough/Manayunk has transformed into a college town. Students from numerous colleges and universities often rent houses and apartments in the area and hang out locally down on Main Street, which is home to a variety of restaurants, bars, and stores. Parking can be a little tight during the school year due to the heavy population, but it is otherwise enjoyable. There are some nature spots nearby (Wissahickon trail) as well as a variety of supermarkets, awesome local pizza and sandwich spots, and some more well-known places such as Wendy's, and Target express (coming in Spring 2017). Roxborough/Manayunk is also very public-transportation friendly. Some of the local colleges that residents of this area attend are the following: Philadelphia University, St. Joseph's University, Chestnut Hill College, Temple University, Drexel University, and more!
I go to Arcadia University in Glenside, Philadelphia. During the school year there are tons of students around in the neighborhood or they live on campus. The area where I live is a great neighborhood. It's a safe neighborhood, everyone looks out for one another, and everything entertainment wise is within walking distance. I am a commuter, not a residence at my school so, I take the SEPTA bus. I've found this mode of transportation to be safe, haven't had a problem in the last 3 years I've been using. Some areas of Philly are safe at night! You have to just watch your surroundings and just be aware. Overall, it's a good place to live for a college student.