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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Tonawanda is a suburb of Buffalo with a population of 14,992. Tonawanda is in Erie County. Living in Tonawanda offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Tonawanda there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Tonawanda and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Tonawanda are above average.
About Tonawanda...
Population
14,992

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$98,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$693
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    87.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    67.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    26.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    235.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,378.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    33.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Tonawanda

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,728
National
$55,322
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Tonawanda Reviews

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I liked that the streets are paved so there are no potholes. I love the variety of shops and malls in the vicinity. I also love my apartment, however maintenance is questionable. It is a slow paced, small town atmosphere here in Tonawanda. I've only one bad experience at a Sunoco gas station, but I won't let one bad apple ruin the bunch. I love the scenery, there's definitely more trees and grass which emits oxygen. Fresh living in Tonawanda.
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Frankly, Tonawanda is quite bland and unimpressionable. If not for its proximity to the city of Buffalo, shopping centers, and universities, etc., etc., I would live elsewhere. Although its inhabitants are, for the most part, friendly and welcoming, Tonawanda is a suburb of Buffalo, which is lacking in diversity (i.e., it is overwhelmingly white) and has a long way to go in matching the level of inclusiveness that makes its peripheral towns/cities/neighborhoods all the more ideal.
The only issue I have living here is that hardly anything is being done about the flooding in our yard. I lived in Tonawanda most of my life and I have fond memories here. I'd hate to have to leave due to something as small as yard flooding. Other than that I like living here, walking by the waterfront on a nice day, then heading over to Mississippi Mudds and getting ice cream or a smoothie. Tonawanda overall is a good living experience.