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B-
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    C

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$183,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$642
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    11%
  • Own
    89%
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West Penn Township Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    139
    500
  • Theft
    162
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$67,431
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    48%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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West Penn Township Reviews

3 reviews
Growing up here, 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 in. I would not change anything here in west penn township.
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Growing up here, 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. Neighbors in the area may live yards away or even miles away, yet always help out when you are in a pickle. Everyone in the community has a great sense of "giving-back" to the community. Members of the community volunteer their time and money at the school, churches, fundraisers and the park. There are multiple farms, farmer markets, fruit standsLiving in West Penn has taught me the importance of friendships, selflessness, giving back, environmental protection, and many other things. If I had the choice, I would certainly choose to live here for the rest of my future, however as a forensic science major, there is not a high enough crime rate near the area to bring demand for a forensic scientist.
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.