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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  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
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Sanford is a town in North Carolina with a population of 29,048. Sanford is in Lee County. Living in Sanford offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Sanford there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Sanford and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Sanford are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$132,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$680
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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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
    124
    283
  • Murder
    20
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    121
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    695
    500
  • Theft
    2,604
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    104
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,070
National
$55,322
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%
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Sanford, NC has been known to be a small town. In the last few years, Sanford has grown in size. From new highways, home developments, shopping centers, and restaurants (Starbucks). Sanford has grown so much in the last years, not just in entertainment, but also in education. In 2005, we had a expansion and a second high school, and a third middle school was built. Sanford has been the home to many families who care about our small town. Extra curriculum activities are created for our community to engage and meet one another. Sanford is a small town that offers the nice, calm living (city like life or country you choose)!
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Sanford is a very well rounded town and is always increasing in size. The people that run this town are people that are friendly and are known to go around town and try to make our town a better place. I've lived in this town for 9 years and I have not had a complaint yet. Also, the schools here are always striving to make everyone have equal education and a bright future. If it wasn't for my school's support, I would not have gotten as far as I have now.
Sanford is expanding rapidly. It was a great place to live while in school but doesn't have a lot of 18-25 year olds. Overall, you can have excellent opportunities with work, it is in the center of the state, the perfect distance to the beach and mountains!