These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Buffalo 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
  2. Starin Central
  3. Albright
  4. Park Meadow
  5. Parkside
  6. Bryant
  7. Abbott Mckinley
  8. North Park
  9. Forest
  10. Delaware-West Ferry

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

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in New York check out the best places in New York overall or the worst neighborhoods in Buffalo.

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How do you determine the best 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.

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1. South Abbott

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

2. Starin Central

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

3. Albright

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

4. Park Meadow

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

5. Parkside

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

6. Bryant

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

7. Abbott Mckinley

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

8. North Park

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

9. Forest

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

10. Delaware-West Ferry

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

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

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

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