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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