About Niche Ink

Niche Ink provides in-depth articles and analysis on colleges, K-12 schools, and places in conjunction with our flagship website, Niche.com.  Since 2002, we’ve gathered millions of surveys and reviews from students, parents, and residents and helped millions of people choose where to live and go to school.

As a result, we have a wealth of unique insights and data that help our users learn from people who’ve been in their shoes. Our goal with Niche Ink is to share those insights and empower our users to make more informed decisions and get the most out of their experiences.

Local articles complement our public beta Niche Local, which displays profiles of locations across 80 metro areas, 55,465 towns, and more than 12,000 neighborhoods. The Local section of Ink offers breakdowns of everything from real estate terminology and industry definitions to rankings of cities based on specific criteria.

K-12 articles accompany our public beta Niche K-12, which displays content on more than 120,000 elementary and secondary schools across the United States. The K-12 section of Ink presents exploration of all aspects of children’s education, from pre-K to pre-college, including the differences between types of schools and commentary on learning movements within the classroom.

College articles add to users’ already expansive Niche Colleges experience. Since the launch of College Prowler in 2002, we’ve helped match millions of students to colleges across the country, with profiles on more than 8,000 institutions. The College section of Ink helps to shed light on college questions, provide rankings based on relevant criteria, and dive into timely trends with data and expertise.

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  1. John Hollingsworth

    I’m interested in how you are defining neighborhoods. Do you have a spatial data layer that defines the boundaries for those? What was the source for those boundaries?

    I see in the 25 Best Citites and Neighborhood article you mentioned that ‘Urban neighborhood data was unavailable or incomplete for Raleigh, Indianapolis, and Phoenix, so the datasets for those metro areas were limited to the Census County Divisions (CCDs) and Census Designated Places (CDPs) located within each metro. The remaining 22 metro area datasets incorporated urban neighborhoods in addition to CCDs and CDPs.’

    Do you have a data source list for the 22 metro area datasets?


    John Hollingsworth
    GIS Manager
    Clear Channel Outdoor

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