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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Elma is a suburb of Buffalo with a population of 11,735. Elma is in Erie County. Living in Elma offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Elma there are a lot of parks. Many retirees live in Elma and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Elma are highly rated.
About Elma...
Population
11,735

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$228,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$932
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    20%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Elma

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$78,180
National
$55,322
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Elma Reviews

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Elma is a beautiful small suburb outside of Buffalo perfect for anyone wanting a quiet place to live. There is not much commotion or heavy traffic. It has a small town feel without being too far away from local conveniences such as grocery stores and gas stations. The Elma Town Grille is great local restaurant to eat at and the Elma Town Park is beautiful. It is connected to the Iroquois School District, which is an excellent place for anyone's children to go. Would recommend to anyone!
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It's a quiet, safe suburban town halfway between shopping plazas and cornfields. The people here are very kind, and the schools are good, with good teachers and students who take care of one another. Small businesses are supported and often thrive, and many people choose Elma as an ideal place to start a family.
Very accepting of new people, a real sense of community and friendship.