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A+ Elmira Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Elmira Cost of Living Cost of living is 29% lower than New York
8416% less expensive than the US average
New York
11919% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Elmira cost of living
C Elmira Crime Total crime is 82% higher than New York
Total crime
3,39923% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3023% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Elmira crime
F Elmira Employment Household income is 51% lower than New York
Median household income
$29,95546% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$16,64544% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%4% lower than the US average
Elmira employment
F Elmira Housing Home value is 75% lower than New York
Median home value
$70,30062% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$67229% lower than the US average
Home ownership
44%31% lower than the US average
Elmira real estate or Elmira rentals
F Elmira Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than New York
High school grad. rates
73%12% lower than the US average
School test scores
16%67% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Elmira K-12 schools or Elmira colleges

Living in Elmira, NY

Elmira, New York is a mid-sized city with a population of 28,583 people. Elmira has a population density of 3,941 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (77% White). Given that fact, Elmira could be considered less diverse than other cities.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Elmira could be a positive experience compared to other cities in New York if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Elmira, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment and more.

With a livability score of 60 out of 100, Elmira is ranked #23,683 in the United States and #971 in New York. This is a lower than the national average livability score as Elmira does not rank well for most categories. If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Elmira ranks well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). On a less positive note, Elmira does not have favorable grades for the following: crime (D), weather (D-), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Elmira 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: Harris Hill Soaring Center, The Christmas House, and Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum.

Elmira real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Elmira. The median home price for Elmira homes is $70,300, which is 75.4% lower than the New York average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Elmira, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 48.9% lower than the New York average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Elmira area were 1.8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 0.4%.

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Elmira is scummy-beware

Elmira, NY used to be a good place to live. Currently, it is full of scummy people and I would not recommend it to anyone. Most residents are drunks or drug addicts. The schools are awful. No shopping at all unless you go to Horseheads. Some good food, but you're surrounded by scummy people and have to worry about drunk drivers at all times of the day. If you go out in the evening you have to again, worry about drunk drivers, as well as stabbings and shootings. Also, most residents are very racist and ignorant.
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