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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Buffalo is a city in New York with a population of 259,574. Buffalo is in Erie County. Living in Buffalo offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Buffalo there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Buffalo and residents tend to be liberal.
About Buffalo...
Population
259,574

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$77,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$735
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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Buffalo Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    613.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    15.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    55.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    334.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    919.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,591.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    325.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

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Buffalo, New York is a city that grows and evolves continuously. The city is easy to navigate, clean, and always has something fun to do. Winters are brutal, which is what lowered my rating of the city. The city knows how to deal with snow, though, so roads are generally cleared early and often and cancellations and shut downs are given in a timely manner. Downtown Buffalo has lots of trendy, fun places for young adults and great night life. The suburbs have generally great school systems. Buffalo really is the city of good neighbors! People are friendly and the atmosphere is positive, even through our terrible sports seasons!
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Buffalo is a city full of possibility and adventure! No matter the weather, you will always be able to find something fun to do. In the winter you will find a number of winter time festivals taking place, as well as the downtown ice skating rink that almost makes you feel as though you're in a hallmark movie. During the fall you can shop around for the perfect pumpkin while sipping on warm apple cider drinks. The food in Buffalo is like no other! It is unique to the area and absolutely to die for! If you're bored in Buffalo, you aren't doing Buffalo right!
I love living in Buffalo as a college student! There is so much to do and so many great restaurants. My favorite places to go are Elmwood, Hertel, and downtown Buffalo. I love that it has a city vibe but is not overpopulated. One thing that I wish to be improved is the conditions the roads are in. They are not always ideal for pedestrians or drivers, especially in the Canisius College area.