Ferguson Township ranked 3rd Best Place to Live in Pennsylvania

Date: February 14, 2017

Niche.com has released its 2016 Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania. Ferguson Township ranks 3rd!

Niche gave the Township an overall grade of A+.

Previously, Niche had ranked the Township as the 12th Best Place to Live in America for 2016, and the 5th Best Pennsylvania Suburb for 2015.

Our congratulations to College Township, which was ranked #1, Harris Township, #9, Patton Township, #11, Park Forest Village, #35, and the Borough of State College, #50.

A website that aims to help you find your niche, be it “a neighborhood to call your home, a school where your child will thrive, a college that will change your life,” Niche concluded Ferguson Township is 3rd among the top 100 best places to live based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities.

We earned this score out of more than 10,000 communities. The ranking is based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, and other sources.

Ferguson aces nearly all the Niiche criteria, earning an A+ for the following:
Public Schools
Good for Families
Health & Fitness

The Township earned an A for Outdoor Activities and an A- for the following:

Crime & Safety

Based on violent and property crime rates calculated annually per 100,000 residents.

  • The Township’s crime rates are significantly lower than the national average.
  • The highest number of crimes is theft, followed by burglary and assault.

Based on ethnic and economic diversity

  • 32 percent of our residents have earned a master’s degree or higher, while 29 percent hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • The Township’s residents are 50 percent male, 50 percent female; 78 percent White, 13 percent Asian, 3 percent Hispanic and 3 percent African American.
  • The median household income is $61,096, while the median individual income is $26,312.

We also earned an A- for Jobs.

The Township scored a B for Real Estate.

  • The median home value is $245,700, while the median rent is $910.

We also scored a B for Weather — not too shabby considering our central Pennsylvania winters — while our lowest score was a C for Cost of Living.

Niche also posts reviews of the Township by visitors to the site:

"Very few crimes, quick police response when something does happen."

"I love being so close to so much, and it's a liberal, educated area, which meshes well with my values. However, it is a little isolated — 3 hours from the nearest big city."

"It's a very safe place to live. The people are very friendly compared to other areas, like big cities. It's a little pricey because it's a college town, but that also means there are a lot of things to do which is really nice. There are a lot of parks here for kids to play which is also really nice. Overall it's a good place to live."

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