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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Tamaqua is a town in Pennsylvania with a population of 6,841. Tamaqua is in Schuylkill County. Living in Tamaqua offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and retirees live in Tamaqua and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Tamaqua are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$60,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$701
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Tamaqua 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
    281.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    251.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,896.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    163
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    42%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Tamaqua

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$33,545
National
$55,322
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Tamaqua Reviews

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West Penn's neighborhood has very low property crimes and violent crimes. Compared to the rest of Pennsylvania and the country, statistics show West Penn township's crime rate is significantly lower. Although it is good to take proactive steps to reduce one's chance of crime, homeowners and families should not be concerned about crime and safety in this area. In the case of an event, police, ambulance, or firetrucks are on their way immediately. They are located approximately in the middle of West Penn along route 309 for easiest access. With every rare occurrence of a crime, I have seen the police provide the justice needed. If anything, I believe there are greater chances of this neighborhood hit by a natural disaster rather than a violent or property crime.
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I attended West Penn Elementary School which is apart of the Tamaqua Area School District. Every child that attended West Penn appeared to have valuable morals, a healthy home life, good-standing academics, and an outgoing personality. The area has always been flawless, in my opinion. Scenic wise, the area is beautifully staged with trees, mountains, lakes, fields, and waterfalls. It is a blessing to live in an area where people visit on vacation to hike the Appalachian trail and waterfalls, visit the sanctuaries, kayak and fish on the lakes, or even go horseback riding There are multiple farms, farmer markets, fruit stands. I even have my very own garden that I grow certain veggies. I would not change anything here in Tamaqua.
I like how great the education is and opportunities available to get involved in the community. The town is cleaning itself up with organizations like Tamaqua Remembers that honors veterans and those who died in battle. The Tamaqua Community Arts Center holds different artistic and entertainment events. along with that, the school holds events for students including the Drama Club that puts on spectacular plays and musicals that showcase the best student talents.