B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  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
    B+
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$127,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$714
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%

Smithfield Rankings

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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
    554
    273
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    34
    41
  • Robbery
    193
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    889
    525
  • Theft
    4,864
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    159
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$30,995
National
$53,889
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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Smithfield Reviews

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The buildings have that 1950's era feel. Downtown still has the original cinema, they show, not so new movies, but they only charge two dollars. There is a saddle shop right on main street, where you can buy saddles, clothing, and he can repair anything.
Hot dog shops, the biscuit shops, cozy little privately owned family diners. The pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, made the Central NC way is to die for. It is made with a vinegar base. Small town pharmacies, can still be found here, offering the old-fashioned hand-squeezed soda fountain, lemonade, limeade, or orangeade.
I have met people that have changed my entire life. The rich and the poor sit at the same table in those cozy family diners, and to look at them you couldn't tell the difference. They call that table the b.s. table, a table where one lies and the others swear to it. Smithfield has the friendliest people, everyone is there to help you.
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Smithfield, NC is a wonderful place to live! The country, relaxed atmosphere is great for relaxation and family life.
Smithfield is a small rural town that is full of very nice people. It has pretty much what you need in town, between medical needs to retail needs. While you may not find everything (like a bookstore) Within a 45-minute drive you can reach the Raleigh area, or even go to Goldsboro or Clayton for other shopping needs that may be available closer. I have always felt safe here. I personally live outside of Smithfield city limits in the country..but even going into town, I have never had any problems in the 5 years I have lived here. Even being a bit of a black sheep in a small southern country town, people are always very nice as long as you are nice first.