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Walkerton Rates #132 - Best Places To Live - Compares To Chapel Hill, North Carolina

According to the “Best Places To Live” Survey 2016, Walkerton is rated #132 compared to #131 Chapel Hill. Better than Tulsa, Oklahoma! “Sperling’s” survey (Founder Bert Sterling) is the premier source for survey’s who analyze data about people and places, and rating them for major publications. Their goal is to provide you with a new level of accurate and up-to-date information, in a useful and entertaining format.

Walkerton is 58.8% less expensive than Chapel Hill. Walkerton housing costs are 261.7% less than Chapel Hill housing costs.

Health related expenses are 12.5% more in Chapel Hill.

Walkerton has 2.2% more rainy days and 24.1% less Sunny Days than Chapel Hill.

On the BestPlaces comfort index, Chapel Hill scores 43.2% better than Walkerton.


The unemployment rate in Walkerton is 4.80% (U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Walkerton jobs have increased by 3.31%.


Compared to the rest of the country, Walkerton's cost of living is 17.50% lower than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Walkerton's Cost of Living.


Walkerton's population is 2,264 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.85%.


Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.


The median home cost in Walkerton is $94,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -2.04%.


Walkerton public schools spend $9,857 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 16.3 students per teacher in Walkerton.

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Housing Market in Walkerton

It's a good time to buy in Walkerton. Home Appreciation is up 2.8% in the last 12 months. Browse Walkerton Real Estate. The median home price in Walkerton is $94,100. Browse Homes in this Range.

Mid-sized city complex / College town - Extreme northern Indiana at Michigan border


-Cost of living -College town amenities -Nearby recreation


-Harsh winters -Economic cycles -Crime rates

What Bert Sterling Has To Say About Walkerton/ South Bend-Mishawaka Metro Area

South Bend is located about 30 miles inland from where the Michigan-Indiana border intersects with the lower portion of Lake Michigan. The city has a well-balanced mix of industry, education, and cultural amenities, and has become an economic center for a large portion of northern Indiana and southern Michigan known locally as “Michiana.”

Once an automotive center and home to the Studebaker Motor Company, The South Bend area is still a manufacturing center for automotive and defense products. Much of this manufacturing actually occurs in Mishawaka just east along the St. Joseph River. The 150-year-old Notre Dame University adds variety, college amenities, and a set of nationally followed sports programs.

Aside from the Notre Dame campus, the downtown is fairly nondescript, but good local parks and the Lake Michigan shore provide recreation. Chicago is accessible by rail transit although it is too far for a regular commute. Cost of living is remarkably low for the region and type of area, and housing is a bargain. Problems in the auto industry have hurt employment prospects, and crime has been a problem in the past.

The area climate receives the full brunt of the Lake Michigan lake effect. But the area scores relatively well in all categories with no major negatives, hence the solid ranking.

The area sits on a level, glacial, coastal plain with gently rolling terrain mainly to the south and east. The downwind location from Lake Michigan effects summer and winter weather. The lake moderates temperatures in all seasons but produces periods of high humidity and extended cloudiness year-round and heavy snows in winter. Precipitation is fairly well distributed, with most occurring in the summer as thundershowers. First freeze is early October, last is early May.

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