These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Buffalo, NY For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Buffalo are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Buffalo, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Buffalo neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Buffalo are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Buffalo for 2018:

  1. South Abbott (Homes)
  2. Starin Central (Homes)
  3. Albright (Homes)
  4. Park Meadow (Homes)
  5. Parkside (Homes)
  6. Bryant (Homes)
  7. Abbott McKinley (Homes)
  8. North Park (Homes)
  9. Forest (Homes)
  10. Delaware-West Ferry (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Buffalo that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Buffalo.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Buffalo for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Buffalo, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 48 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Buffalo.’ We’re lookin’ at you, South Abbott.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Buffalo has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. South Abbott

Population: 3,762
Median Income: $68,147
Median Home Value: $104,920

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2. Starin Central

Population: 5,452
Median Income: $61,242
Median Home Value: $152,900

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3. Albright

Population: 2,992
Median Income: $59,719
Median Home Value: $233,300

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4. Park Meadow

Population: 3,468
Median Income: $59,205
Median Home Value: $228,850

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5. Parkside

Population: 2,435
Median Income: $55,414
Median Home Value: $175,875

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6. Bryant

Population: 6,221
Median Income: $36,549
Median Home Value: $170,462

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7. Abbott Mckinley

Population: 7,231
Median Income: $47,132
Median Home Value: $84,788

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8. North Park

Population: 14,717
Median Income: $52,349
Median Home Value: $132,100

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9. Forest

Population: 10,833
Median Income: $42,163
Median Home Value: $101,936

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10. Delaware-West Ferry

Population: 5,940
Median Income: $45,747
Median Home Value: $182,557

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Buffalo

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Buffalo where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Buffalo:

  1. South Ellicott
  2. Lovejoy
  3. Medical Park

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Buffalo

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 South Abbott 3,762 $104,920 5,450 3.8%
2 Starin Central 5,452 $152,900 4,771 2.5%
3 Albright 2,992 $233,300 2,806 2.1%
4 Park Meadow 3,468 $228,850 2,694 4.2%
5 Parkside 2,435 $175,875 4,353 4.5%
6 Bryant 6,221 $170,462 4,641 5.2%
7 Abbott Mckinley 7,231 $84,788 6,588 4.9%
8 North Park 14,717 $132,100 5,268 6.5%
9 Forest 10,833 $101,936 6,987 5.9%
10 Delaware-West Ferry 5,940 $182,557 4,575 3.7%
11 Central Business District 1,527 $300,000 4,122 5.7%
12 Allen 3,383 $230,725 4,335 3.4%
13 Grant Ferry 7,130 $94,747 7,040 5.8%
14 Delaware Park 1,669 $162,750 5,920 3.0%
15 University 5,462 $75,738 7,265 4.7%
16 Cazenovia Park 4,692 $62,880 6,749 7.3%
17 Columbus 2,761 $87,700 7,788 12.3%
18 Kaisertown 5,615 $67,083 7,258 5.5%
19 Front Park 11,766 $105,406 7,339 8.4%
20 Kenfield 7,113 $46,714 7,919 14.3%
21 Seneca 3,030 $66,075 7,136 5.7%
22 Triangle 3,885 $59,650 7,664 5.6%
23 South Park 6,502 $60,571 7,120 5.8%
24 First Ward 1,688 $25,700 8,046 11.5%
25 North Delaware 2,196 $89,125 6,528 9.9%
26 Willert Park 5,169 $76,133 7,288 8.3%
27 Leroy 5,095 $52,533 8,117 10.5%
28 Genesee Moselle 4,171 $41,720 7,980 10.0%
29 Lasalle 8,996 $54,171 7,707 9.0%
30 Kingsley 3,251 $30,275 8,124 10.9%
31 Military 4,588 $58,483 8,027 5.8%
32 Emslie 1,523 $39,300 8,011 13.2%
33 Riverside Park 11,025 $50,586 7,976 8.0%
34 Black Rock 6,208 $58,255 7,578 8.7%
35 Masten Park 3,033 $42,933 8,265 13.3%
36 Mlk Park 2,709 $28,640 7,813 10.1%
37 Lakeview 4,017 $119,900 7,775 7.6%
38 Tifft 1,293 $48,867 8,096 6.4%
39 Kensington 10,051 $53,300 7,521 9.2%
40 Grider 4,982 $36,138 7,532 9.3%
41 Schiller Park 10,330 $38,700 8,172 8.6%
42 Broadway-Fillmore 7,761 $30,171 8,363 10.0%
43 Emerson 2,064 $25,560 8,363 11.3%
44 Babcock 3,614 $30,300 8,363 15.4%
45 Hamlin Park 6,179 $51,633 8,023 9.1%
46 Medical Park 1,588 $39,025 7,668 8.7%
47 Lovejoy 7,540 $37,245 8,269 9.5%
48 South Ellicott 2,647 $38,450 8,278 9.1%

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