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B
Overall Niche Grade
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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
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$103,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$719
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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St. Joseph 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
    350
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    79
    41
  • Robbery
    136
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    978
    500
  • Theft
    4,206
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    752
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,543
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%
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St. Joseph Reviews

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This community has much to offer for its small size. It is filled with history including the starting point of the Pony Express and the ending point of Jesse James. We have an abundance of eating establishments. Our downtown area is going through a revival currently with many local restaurants & entertainment venues being opened. We are currently home to the Kansas City Chiefs football training camp, held at our local university campus (Missouri Western State University). We have many festivals throughout the year as well as parties on the parkway during the summer months.

Our city continues to add to our biking/hiking trails for those looking for a little exercise. We also have the 2017 MINK league championship baseball team the St. Joseph Mustangs.

Lots to do and see in this small town situated on the Mighty Missouri River!
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It's very low on crime rates. For the most part, prices are low in comparison to other nearby towns. Most everyone you meet is friendly and willing to help. If you get in a jam, even if you're not from here, there's always someone or somewhere you can go to for help!
I'd like to see more of a dispersement of restaurants around the town. Their either in one end or another. Also, having more places to go for fun activities--instead of relying on going out of town--would be a great push.
We love this town! My husband grew up here, and we are raising our children here. Lots of opportunities for kids, lots of nature hikes and walking trails, history, museums, churches and beautiful parkways. Don't listen to the nay-sayers!