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:
- Delaware-West Ferry
- South Abbott
- Park Meadow
- Starin Central
- North Park
- Abbott Mckinley
Read on to see how we determined the places around Buffalo that deserve a little bragging rights.
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.
1. Delaware-West Ferry
Population: 5,808Median Home Price: $211,914
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,986
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
2. South Abbott
Population: 3,547Median Home Price: $103,120
Crimes Per 100K People: 6,317
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
3. Park Meadow
Population: 3,385Median Home Price: $219,375
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,156
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
4. Starin Central
Population: 5,500Median Home Price: $143,143
Crimes Per 100K People: 6,071
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Population: 3,131Median Home Price: $228,340
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,122
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
6. North Park
Population: 14,584Median Home Price: $127,507
Crimes Per 100K People: 6,140
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Population: 2,635Median Home Price: $175,325
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,996
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
8. Abbott Mckinley
Population: 7,102Median Home Price: $82,838
Crimes Per 100K People: 7,416
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Population: 3,681Median Home Price: $190,150
Crimes Per 100K People: 5,723
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Population: 6,611Median 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:
- Mlk Park
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