Buffalo 63 Below average
Buffalo Livability #929 ranked city in New York#19,683 ranked city in the USARanks better than 32% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Buffalo Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Buffalo Cost of Living Cost of living is 32% lower than New York
8218% less expensive than the US average
New York
11919% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Buffalo cost of living
F Buffalo Crime Total crime is 131% higher than New York
Total crime
4,09975% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2575% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Buffalo crime
F Buffalo Employment Household income is 45% lower than New York
Median household income
$33,11940% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,56628% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%25% higher than the US average
Buffalo employment
C Buffalo Housing Home value is 75% lower than New York
Median home value
$72,60061% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$71025% lower than the US average
Home ownership
41%35% lower than the US average
Buffalo real estate or Buffalo rentals
D- Buffalo Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than New York
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
43%10% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/a100% lower than the US average
Buffalo K-12 schools
F Buffalo User Ratings There are a total of 40 ratings in Buffalo
Overall user rating
42% 40 total ratings
User reviews rating
36% 17 total reviews
User surveys rating
52% 23 total surveys
all Buffalo poll results

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      Living in Buffalo, NY

      Located in the state of New York, Buffalo is a highly populated city with a population of 258,989 people. In Buffalo, there are 6,413 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Individuals of White (48%) and Black or African American (37%) backgrounds make up a significant portion of the population of the city. Buffalo could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 33 years old is below the nation’s average. Buffalo is not known to have a high population (over 15 years old) of married people. At only 47% married, this city falls well below the national average.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Buffalo is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in New York, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Buffalo and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Buffalo to New York and the national average.

      The livability score in Buffalo is 63/100 and the city is ranked in the 29th percentile of all cities across America. If we take a closer look at each of the categories on their own, we see that Buffalo ranks well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). Regrettably for Buffalo, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F) and employment (F).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Buffalo on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, The Buffalo Zoo, and Spirit of Buffalo - Buffalo Sailing Adventures.

      Jobs are always a hot topic for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Your chances of finding new employment in Buffalo is actually far better than most areas. With a low unemployment rate of 0.45%, finding work should be much easier than the average city.

      Assuming that Buffalo meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Buffalo. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Buffalo are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Buffalo come in at $72,600, which is 74.6% lower than the New York average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Buffalo, the home price to income ratio is 2.2, which is 53.2% lower than the New York average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Buffalo were 14%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.2%.

      Buffalo transportation information

      StatisticBuffaloNew YorkNational
      Average one way commute21min33min26min
      Workers who drive to work67.1%53.0%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.9%6.7%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit11.6%28.0%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.1%0.7%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.8%6.3%2.8%
      Working from home2.5%4.0%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Buffalo, NY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).