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
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    12
    41
  • Robbery
    35
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    154
    525
  • Theft
    1,403
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    37
    263

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Amherst Reviews

125 reviews
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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.
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Back in 2008 when I first moved here, there wasn't a lot to see. Then a few years gone by there was construction going on across the street from my house. Buildings were being torn down because they were building a Super Walmart! I knew there was going to be a lot of traffic which was bad for getting out of the driveway. The good thing is I'm now closer to electronics, food, clothes, and gardening supplies. Then there's a Rite Aide just a block away. And the neighbors are very nice and considerate! My next door neighbor always brings us bakery and we appreciate it! Other neighborhoods don't have neighbors that look out for each other like the ones I do. The area is a suburban area, which is better then the ghetto I lived in when I was young, now I'm 19. So yeah, I'm glad I live here and I hope in the future I can give back to the neighborhood.
I could not imagine growing up anywhere besides Buffalo, NY. Buffalo is known as "the city of good neighbors" and that is completely true. I love everything about Buffalo from the food, the sports, the atmosphere, the people, and the opportunities. Everyone is so proud to be from Buffalo, including me and you can see that by how dedicated our fans are to the Bills and Sabres. Buffalo has recently made some major changes to the downtown waterfront and we are really rebuilding our city. Canal side is where I spent a lot of time with my friends last summer enjoying the view and the free concerts every Thursday night and I can guarantee you that I'll be spending more time there this coming summer. I do not live right in the city of Buffalo, I live in a town outside of it called Amherst. I loved growing up in the neighborhood and school district that I did. Growing up I would always be outside riding bikes and playing with my friends. My neighborhood is very safe and filled with so many nice and caring people.