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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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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 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
259,574

Real Estate

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

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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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
    604.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    22.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    64.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    351.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    879.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,597.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    338.5
    284

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%

Working in Buffalo

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,268
National
$55,322
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Buffalo Reviews

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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.
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Buffalo has grown so much over the past years! What used to be just “the town with all the snow” has grown into the most beautiful city. I am a Buffalonian, born and raised and have a great amount of Buffalove for my city! I work in a local T-shirt store that has allowed me to see how tourism has truly boomed. I have established a lot of beneficial connections within my community through internships and community service such as Habitat for Humanity and Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center. I am excited to watch my city grow into its potential by expanding its work into the developing communities. Thank you for your consideration.
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!