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
$100,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$707
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%

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
    315
    273
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    79
    41
  • Robbery
    112
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,100
    525
  • Theft
    4,199
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    587
    263

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,298
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    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.
The city if limited on it's opportunities for high school student and adult unless you prefer a standard low-paying manufacturing and fast food industry employment. The largest employer in this city of 74,000 people is the hospital, the school district, and the fast food industry. There is not much for people with disabilities, and the social support system for those in need is far below national average. That is the reason most larger corporation come and go. it is inexpensive but not way for advancement. That is why those that have the opportunity to receive an education move to other areas where opportunities are plentiful.