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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  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
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    NG
Population

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$107,184
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$704
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    69%
  • Own
    31%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$33,876
National
$55,322
Children
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
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    • Neighborhood in Buffalo, NY
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West Side Reviews

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I haven't had many experiences with the bars in this area because of my age, but it seems like the nightlife is a lot of fun. I personally love the sunday night bike ride. In a night, the ride would accomplish anywhere between 10-20 miles. It's a great workout and what better way to spend a sunday night in the summer time with a bunch of very good friends, riding bikes all over the city?! As many as 300 people have shown up and ridden all over Buffalo. It's an incredible experience. Restaurants in Buffalo are great. Two blocks from my house is a delicious Vietnamese restaurant that I frequent weekly. Also, the locally owned cafes are amazing. I stop by almost every day for a coffee at my favourite one and also used to work at my other favourite.
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Elmwood Avenue has improved immensely during my time living in this area. Local shops, restaurants , and cafes are beginning to occupy Elmwood Ave near Bryant, which has been an area in need of clean up. Canalside downtown is beautiful and has so much to offer in all months thoughout the year as well and is only minutes away.
There are a lot of abandoned or foreclosed buildings here, but for the most part, there are a lot of beautiful houses and gardens in this city. There is a Garden Walk that occurs over the summer here in which people are invited to walk around and check out peoples' gardens that live in the city. It's a nice event and you can see how people take care of their plants and see the unique beauty of each person's garden and how it correlates with the beauty in the architecture of their home. When driving, I like to look around at the houses ever now and again. There are a myriad of beautiful ones scattered through the city.