B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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%

St. Joseph 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
    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

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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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!
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Like many other places, St. Joseph has gotten many mixed reviews from its visitors and the locals. Experiences with the locals tend to lean towards the bad, while visitors seem to think it's a cute and quiet place they could get used to. I like to look at it from both point of views to get my most honest opinion. While Saint Joseph isn't the greatest place to live, it's the place I grew up, so I kind of have a heart for it. I could compare living here to buying a new car. This town is a perfect "beginner" place to live (it has everything you need: multiple food options, shopping, a few things to do, etc), but it's not a place I intend to stay in forever. I would consider it average and a little boring, yet it gets the job done. Overall, Saint Joseph is my home and I'll never forget that. As for others, I can't exactly say; that's a an experience you'll have to figure out on your own.
I grew up in St. Joseph. It was a safe place back then. There was never a lot to do as a youth, but plenty of shopping and restaurants. I moved away for a few years and came back to live this year. I cannot believe the increase in violent crimes and thefts. It is out of hand. The police here are not equip to handle these new problems. There are only a few good jobs here and they are factories or plants, unless you are a doctor or a lawyer. The weather during the winter is almost unbearable at times. The fall is beautiful. The people aren't what they used to be here. No waving and smiling. It seems like no one is happy. I do not plan on staying. I pray that things turn around here, but I'm not waiting for that to happen.