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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$177,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$958
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    49
    0
  • Murder
    1
    0
  • Rape
    12
    41
  • Robbery
    35
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    154
    1
  • Theft
    1,403
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    37
    0

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$68,294
National
$53,889
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Amherst Reviews

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Amherst is a very safe neighbourhood, but extremely isolated. City officials should look towards improving on transportation services provided to residents to improve the walkability levels, especially since Amherst houses the University at Buffalo campus.

The campus is home to a large number of international students, whom may not drive or own a car. By improving on transportation services for both locals and foreigners, it will make the neighborhood more convenient and lower carbon footprints.
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It is an average city that commonly people move into to get out of the city. The real estate market in Amherst is going down and is recommended to move to Williamsville. It can be quiet and is good in pockets but there is no nightlife, the boulevard is starting to become under what it should. I still would recommend moving near Williamsville and avoiding the school district all together as it is not the best high school. My parents said they would rather have financial struggle than let me go to that high school. So I would take that for what it is worth.
I moved to Amherst in 2014 to attend the University at Buffalo. I was extremely nervous, because this as my first time away from home. I was quickly welcomed with warm, opened arms. Everyone here is friendly and helpful. I have met some of my greatest friends here. The school has a great education system with so much diversity. It was a culture shock, but such a learning experience. The downtown area is beautiful too and always full of busy with fun activities that you can enjoy with friends and family. You will never find a boring moment here. I really have fallen in love with the area. I wouldn't change much about it, other than the roads. Some of them are a safety hazard with how badly they have worn out.