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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
About Buffalo...
Population
258,989

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$72,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$710
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%

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
    626
    283
  • Murder
    17
    6
  • Rape
    67
    41
  • Robbery
    407
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,022
    500
  • Theft
    2,771
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    324
    284
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  • 24/7 Whole home protection with no contract
  • CNET Editor’s choice winner 2018

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$33,119
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

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Buffalo Reviews

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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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It is so hard to sum up Buffalo, New York into a short paragraph since there are so many great things about this city. For one, the size of the city itself is not too large but also not a dull, boring place. There is always something to do around the city, especially in recent years with new innovations downtown such as Canalside. Another plus to living in Buffalo is the friendly people. I'm not sure what it is about this city, but somehow most people I walk passed on the street will say, "Hello" or "Good morning" and it definitely brightens your day. People will make you feel as if you were in your hometown and it is great, to say the least. Similarly, the food is one of a kind here in Buffalo. There is so much variety and it is all done so well. Overall, there is never a dull moment in Buffalo and it is a great city to live in!
Buffalo, New York is one city to be reckoned with! A lot of residents like love it here and a lot of others say they don't enjoy it here for various reasons. Everyone has a different experience here, but for myself I know there's a lot of opportunities, honorable education like the University at Buffalo, and aid for colleges, as well as beneficial aid for people with low-income in numerous parts of the city. There's a lot to explore and tons of diversity! I love this city because growing up here made me learn to open my eyes to the world! The only thing I might want to see a change in, would be more internship opportunities.