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:
- South Abbott (Homes)
- Starin Central (Homes)
- Albright (Homes)
- Park Meadow (Homes)
- Parkside (Homes)
- Bryant (Homes)
- Abbott McKinley (Homes)
- North Park (Homes)
- Forest (Homes)
- 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
Median Income: $68,147
Median Home Value: $104,920
2. Starin Central
Median Income: $61,242
Median Home Value: $152,900
Median Income: $59,719
Median Home Value: $233,300
4. Park Meadow
Median Income: $59,205
Median Home Value: $228,850
Median Income: $55,414
Median Home Value: $175,875
Parkside East Historic District is a national historic district located at Buffalo in Erie County, New York. The district is architecturally and historically significant for its association with the 1876 Parks and Parkways Plan for the city of Buffalo developed by Frederick Law Olmsted. It consists of 1,769 contributing structures developed from 1876 to 1936, as a middle class residential neighborhood. The district largely contains single-family dwellings, built in a variety of popular architectural styles, and located along the irregular and curvilinear street pattern developed by Olmsted. The district is located to the east of Buffalo’s Delaware Park and includes the Walter V. Davidson House and the separately listed Darwin D. Martin House, both designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
More on Parkside: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $36,549
Median Home Value: $170,462
7. Abbott Mckinley
Median Income: $47,132
Median Home Value: $84,788
8. North Park
Median Income: $52,349
Median Home Value: $132,100
North Park is a neighborhood within the City of Buffalo in New York State. It is one of several neighborhoods that comprise the larger community of North Buffalo. The neighborhood’s borders are roughly Delaware Avenue to the west, Kenmore Avenue to the north, The Beltline Railroad and the Parkside Neighborhood to the South and Starin and the Central Park neighborhood to the East.
More on North Park: Real Estate | Data
Median Income: $42,163
Median Home Value: $101,936
10. Delaware-West Ferry
Median Income: $45,747
Median Home Value: $182,557
The Delaware District neighborhood is in the west central part of Buffalo. The neighborhood is located along Delaware Avenue. The neighborhood is bordered on the south by Allentown. The northern boundary of the neighborhood abuts Forest Lawn Cemetery and Delaware Park. Its eastern boundary is Main Street. To the west is Delaware Avenue and the Elmwood Village.
More on Delaware-West Ferry: Real Estate | Data
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:
- South Ellicott
- Medical Park
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Buffalo
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