Where Our Data Comes From

Niche has the most comprehensive data on U.S. schools and neighborhoods. We rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and over 100 million reviews and survey responses to help you understand what a place is really like.

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Comprehensive Data

We use the most up-to-date data available from dozens of public data sources including the Department of Education, U.S. Census, and FBI  (View all data sources).

Real Reviews and Outcomes

We’ve gathered over 100 million reviews and survey responses from students, parents, and residents to help you better understand what a school or neighborhood is really like.

Rigorous Analysis

Our Data Team uses advanced algorithms and statistical techniques to compare, score, and connect millions of data points to thoroughly analyze U.S. schools and neighborhoods.

Rankings, Grades, and Profiles

From rigorous analysis, we refine and simplify complex data into comparable rankings, grades, and profiles for schools and neighborhoods. See how we calculate our Best Places to Live, K-12, and College rankings.

Data Sources


K-12 Schools and Districts

Places to Live


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