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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. 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
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.
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 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.
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".
- 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