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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
    A-
  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
$182,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$965
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    42
    283
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    12
    41
  • Robbery
    32
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    152
    500
  • Theft
    1,529
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    34
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$71,105
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Growing up in Amherst provided me a good education, stable work opportunities, and a safe environment. Returning here 10 years later, circumstances are a little different for me, I am a single mother, a returning college student, and also a server in the restaurant industry. All of these things are positive in area that is still safe, has growth for opportunities, with the opening of many new restaurants, I am able to continue my education at Erie Community College and then transfer to another school that is close to me. I have also up until recently been a traveler of public transportation. In many suburbs this is hard to come by or there are few and far between, the one thing that has made my transition back here easier is that there is public transportable that is easy and accessible. My son has been able to attend a pre-school program that has suited me financially, and will start to continue his education in the Amherst school district, which I look forward to.
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It was a safe quiet neighborhood, being a student that does not have a car that also lives of campus I had to walk everywhere I went especially to and from the library as late as three o'clock in the morning, multiple times a week. However I never had a bad experience or feared for my safety. I think public transportation needs to be improved and expanded in Amherst especially because I know a lot of college students struggle to commute to class and one of the largest public is located right in its center.
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.