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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    D+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Erie County is located in New York with a population of 923,995. Erie County is one of the best places to live in New York. In Erie County, most residents own their homes. In Erie County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Erie County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Erie County are above average.
Population
923,995

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$139,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$778
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Erie County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    254.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    140.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    458.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,783
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    142.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Erie County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$54,006
National
$55,322

Erie County Reviews

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The downtown area is really nice. Hutch Tech and Emerson high school are there, and the public transportation is pretty efficient. The main pro is that the cost of living in buffalo in general is much cheaper than other areas in the state. On the other hand, the weather is terrible. It's not uncommon to get a day where it's 40 degrees out, and then the next is 70-80. The winds are incredibly strong as well. The snow is kind of bad, but it's something you get used to once you've lived here for a couple years.
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Erie County is a nice place to live, but also very costly. There is lots of things to do in Erie whether it's going to a Buffalo Sabres game, going skating with your friends at Canalside or enjoying the city of Buffalo. The only problem with Erie County is the price. The taxes are among the worst in the country and the price of living here can be very expensive. This region is also known for its snow, so if you're planning to live here, be ready for that. Overall, I believe Erie County would be a very pleasant place to live if not for the taxes.
Erie county is lovely! So many smiling and friendly people. Theres no place like Buffalo. I wish there could be less potholes in the road.