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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 257,518. Buffalo is in Erie County. Living in Buffalo offers residents an urban suburban mix 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
257,518

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$82,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$757
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
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
    611.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    18.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    47.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    313.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    629.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,350.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    265.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 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
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Buffalo

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$35,893
National
$55,322
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I love Buffalo because it truly is the City of Good Neighbors. Rarely do I ever see or experience poor interactions with others around me. This city is rebuilding and becoming a beacon of where to raise a family and grow as an individual. The one thing I would like to see change about Buffalo is the care of the roads. There are potholes everywhere! I have blown a tire more than once, and usually it's in parts that need the love and attention the most. Also I think that there needs to be more care of our veterans and homeless population in regards to housing, food, and mental health needs. There is a opioid epidemic here and I think the city can do more to take care of these people. Otherwise, I love this city and I love living here.
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I love my home! Let's start with our numerous obstacle courses- in NIAGARA FALLS* (we live right next to it ;) Family friendly is the name of our game, but we love our adults and adult time :) We have a wonderful craft beer culture with local breweries all over. The bars, local events at our quirky little shops are always places to hang. We're going through a rejuvenation of sorts- especially with our proximity to Canada and our wonderfully affordable homes. That isn't to say that it couldn't be better.
With our 'boom', we're constantly having to push back against gentrification and the mistreatment of the people who've lived in certain sections of Buffalo their entire lives. *Also have friends working on that one.
Our transportation system needs a lot of work, but* I'm currently serving on a council to get those changes instituted.
Overall, I'd say the atmosphere is the perfect place to settle down or visit- and the problems we have we're actively fixing.
Buffalo is truly the City of Good Neighbors! Everyone in our community is kind and does their best to make a positive environment. Many of the local areas have been on the rise, with new restaurants and activities popping up all over. One area in particular is the water front / Canalside area downtown. Its been redone for summer and winter activities, from concerts and food truck events to iceskating and winter fun.