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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  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
About Smithfield...
Population
11,746

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$123,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$690
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Smithfield 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
    554
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    34
    41
  • Robbery
    193
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    889
    500
  • Theft
    4,864
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    159
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$33,415
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%
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Things that I like about Smithfield, North Carolina are the easy ability to access different resources all in one area. For example, there are many restaurants, whether dine-in, drive-thru, or take out, also there are many stores where I am able to purchase things that help renovate or improve housing, things that I can wear, eat, etc. Having all these things allows people in our city to have a smooth living in life. Also, there are many pharmacies that you are able to quickly access if needed. On the other hand, I believe a way that Smithfield could improve as a city is renovating older buildings and homes. For example, some of the buildings that are located in downtown Smithfield and in the heart of Smithfield are starting to show their age as some of them date back to the finding of the city. Improving these buildings and homes would allow Smithfield to last longer as a city and a place for new and more generations to come.
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I have lived in Smithfield, NC all my life and it can be a very interesting experience. The schools are good as long as you get a teacher that actually want to help students. I wouldn't recommend any parent send their child to Smithfield Middle School. Every one of my family members has had a bad experience with that school in particular. The city itself is slowly becoming a better place for people to visit and live. They are being more entertainment into the city considering that before doing so there was nothing really to do in Smithfield except go to the shopping center or catch a movie. I can truly say it is truly evolving, of course, they are building new restaurants and sources entertainment almost every year.
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.