THE 10 BEST Neighborhoods In Buffalo For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Buffalo.
Best Neighborhoods In Buffalo

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. So, if you're thinking of moving to New York and Buffalo is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Buffalo for 2020? According to the most recent census data, South Abbott looks to be the best Buffalo neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Buffalo

Population: 3,622
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $113,920 (11th best)
Median Income: $69,118 (Second best)
More on South Abbott: Homes For Sale | Data

North Park Buffalo, NY

Population: 14,742
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $136,700 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $57,356 (Sixth best)
More on North Park: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 5,695
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $201,957 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $72,981 (First best)
More on Starin Central: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 2,910
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $257,900 (Second best)
Median Income: $64,824 (Fourth best)
More on Albright: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,803
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $160,671 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $47,373 (Ninth best)
More on Delaware-West Ferry: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Parkside Buffalo, NY

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,507
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $194,350 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $67,097 (Third best)
More on Parkside: Homes For Sale | Data

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.

Population: 7,089
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $89,288 (15th best)
Median Income: $54,144 (Eighth best)
More on Abbott Mckinley: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,837
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $98,427 (13th best)
Median Income: $45,625 (12th best)
More on Forest: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,327
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $257,800 (Third best)
Median Income: $62,593 (Fifth best)
More on Park Meadow: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,509
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $88,640 (16th best)
Median Income: $28,684 (30th best)
More on Lakeview: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Buffalo, NY Neighborhoods In 2020

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 then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 50 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, New York has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Buffalo

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

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Buffalo aren't all good. Emerson takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Buffalo.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Buffalo For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 South Abbott 3,622 $113,920 $69,118
2 North Park 14,742 $136,700 $57,356
3 Starin Central 5,695 $201,957 $72,981
4 Albright 2,910 $257,900 $64,824
5 Delaware-West Ferry 5,803 $160,671 $47,373
6 Parkside 2,507 $194,350 $67,097
7 Abbott Mckinley 7,089 $89,288 $54,144
8 Forest 10,837 $98,427 $45,625
9 Park Meadow 3,327 $257,800 $62,593
10 Lakeview 3,509 $88,640 $28,684
11 Allen 3,189 $202,550 $41,194
12 Hamlin Park 7,022 $61,117 $35,402
13 Front Park 11,957 $95,394 $29,248
14 South Park 6,430 $65,414 $46,756
15 University 5,400 $77,950 $47,352
16 Grant Ferry 7,182 $71,821 $37,290
17 Kensington 10,344 $47,975 $37,941
18 Bryant 5,717 $140,862 $37,936
19 Kaisertown 5,166 $66,317 $41,058
20 Waterfront 959 $372,700 $44,795
21 Cazenovia Park 5,471 $71,000 $44,504
22 North Delaware 2,300 $109,950 $56,023
23 Seneca 2,834 $69,450 $31,059
24 Delaware Park 1,815 $186,575 $42,783
25 Triangle 3,876 $60,450 $33,130
26 Willert Park 4,679 $66,783 $25,930
27 Riverside Park 11,574 $49,893 $25,052
28 Columbus 2,597 $87,533 $26,620
29 Kenfield 7,067 $47,029 $30,884
30 Lasalle 8,445 $65,136 $32,803
31 Military 4,259 $64,200 $28,808
32 Tifft 1,327 $46,267 $34,819
33 Medical Park 2,039 $65,050 $28,011
34 Leroy 5,379 $50,517 $22,734
35 Black Rock 6,015 $54,318 $33,108
36 Valley 835 $45,050 $28,588
37 Lovejoy 7,787 $40,582 $28,195
38 Kingsley 3,056 $31,075 $24,422
39 Grider 5,425 $18,575 $28,327
40 Masten Park 2,526 $50,667 $23,080
41 Schiller Park 10,387 $38,950 $23,481
42 Genesee Moselle 4,197 $34,230 $25,572
43 First Ward 1,641 $24,533 $22,075
44 Emslie 1,426 $33,867 $24,727
45 Squaw Island 683 $21,800 $21,396
46 Mlk Park 3,027 $29,600 $22,626
47 South Ellicott 2,485 $37,900 $26,230
48 Babcock 3,160 $23,860 $26,499
49 Broadway-Fillmore 7,184 $21,479 $19,697
50 Emerson 1,980 $22,540 $17,900

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.