These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Buffalo


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:

  1. Delaware-West Ferry
  2. South Abbott
  3. Park Meadow
  4. Starin Central
  5. Albright
  6. North Park
  7. Parkside
  8. Abbott Mckinley
  9. Allen
  10. Bryant

Read on to see how we determined the places around Buffalo that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Buffalo?

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, Delaware-West Ferry.

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.

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1. Delaware-West Ferry

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,808
Median Home Price: $211,914
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,986
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

2. South Abbott

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,547
Median Home Price: $103,120
Crimes Per 100K People: 6,317
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

3. Park Meadow

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,385
Median Home Price: $219,375
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,156
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

4. Starin Central

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,500
Median Home Price: $143,143
Crimes Per 100K People: 6,071
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

5. Albright

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,131
Median Home Price: $228,340
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,122
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%

6. North Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,584
Median Home Price: $127,507
Crimes Per 100K People: 6,140
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

7. Parkside

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,635
Median Home Price: $175,325
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,996
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

8. Abbott Mckinley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,102
Median Home Price: $82,838
Crimes Per 100K People: 7,416
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%

9. Allen

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,681
Median Home Price: $190,150
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,723
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%

10. Bryant

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,611
Median Home Price: $193,471
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,422
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%

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. Emerson
  2. Broadway-Fillmore
  3. Mlk Park

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Buffalo

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Delaware-West Ferry 1 5,808 $211,914 4,986 5.0%
South Abbott 2 3,547 $103,120 6,317 4.5%
Park Meadow 3 3,385 $219,375 3,156 4.2%
Starin Central 4 5,500 $143,143 6,071 2.5%
Albright 5 3,131 $228,340 3,122 1.9%
North Park 6 14,584 $127,507 6,140 6.2%
Parkside 7 2,635 $175,325 4,996 5.3%
Abbott Mckinley 8 7,102 $82,838 7,416 4.5%
Allen 9 3,681 $190,150 5,723 8.1%
Bryant 10 6,611 $193,471 5,422 6.5%
University 11 5,913 $87,271 8,088 3.2%
South Park 12 6,931 $71,900 8,054 7.0%
Forest 13 10,162 $101,540 8,357 7.5%
Delaware Park 14 1,667 $137,250 7,381 3.0%
Kaisertown 15 5,465 $61,283 8,102 5.4%
Hamlin Park 16 6,094 $54,900 8,992 7.3%
Seneca 17 2,885 $63,125 8,396 6.4%
Grant Ferry 18 7,465 $92,647 8,406 8.8%
Triangle 19 3,851 $56,175 8,625 7.5%
Kensington 20 9,672 $59,833 8,873 9.2%
Front Park 21 12,964 $104,100 8,629 11.6%
Lasalle 22 8,813 $57,550 8,689 6.7%
Central Business District 23 1,316 $250,000 6,355 7.1%
Willert Park 24 5,473 $89,900 8,622 9.5%
Cazenovia Park 25 5,064 $57,980 8,822 10.7%
Lakeview 26 3,960 $141,875 8,978 12.4%
North Delaware 27 2,486 $86,050 8,165 10.3%
Riverside Park 28 11,151 $50,379 9,106 8.2%
Military 29 4,020 $57,400 9,122 6.0%
Cold Spring 30 1,093 $58,550 9,014 10.2%
Columbus 31 2,758 $100,200 8,712 14.4%
Kenfield 32 7,285 $54,629 9,180 12.3%
Black Rock 33 6,631 $64,220 8,799 9.8%
Grider 34 5,261 $42,925 8,760 10.7%
First Ward 35 1,577 $39,700 8,401 6.1%
Kingsley 36 3,223 $34,600 9,671 7.4%
South Ellicott 37 2,520 $58,833 9,116 6.1%
Leroy 38 4,744 $50,350 9,252 10.8%
Lovejoy 39 7,617 $43,140 9,349 10.6%
Schiller Park 40 10,917 $42,207 9,673 10.7%
Emslie 41 1,434 $34,533 9,303 8.3%
Masten Park 42 2,684 $37,100 9,526 12.1%
Genesee Moselle 43 4,413 $39,300 9,673 12.9%
Babcock 44 3,688 $28,940 9,277 14.1%
Medical Park 45 1,854 $40,833 9,470 11.6%
Mlk Park 46 2,719 $30,380 9,576 11.2%
Broadway-Fillmore 47 7,712 $29,414 9,673 10.8%
Emerson 48 2,163 $26,950 9,673 12.6%

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