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A+ Niagara Falls Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Niagara Falls Cost of Living Cost of living is 30% lower than New York
Niagara Falls
8416% less expensive than the US average
New York
11919% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Niagara Falls cost of living
F Niagara Falls Crime Total crime is 218% higher than New York
Total crime
5,952116% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17116% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-5%Year over year crime is down
Niagara Falls crime
F Niagara Falls Employment Household income is 47% lower than New York
Median household income
$32,32242% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,58631% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%28% higher than the US average
Niagara Falls employment
D Niagara Falls Housing Home value is 76% lower than New York
Median home value
$69,20063% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$64832% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Niagara Falls real estate or Niagara Falls rentals
F Niagara Falls Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than New York
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
27%45% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Niagara Falls K-12 schools or Niagara Falls colleges

Living in Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls is a mid-sized city located in the state of New York. The city has a population of 49,180 people. In Niagara Falls, there are 3,491 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. According to the most recent Census, 70% of Niagara Falls residents are White, 22% Black and 2% American Indian and Alaskan.

Living in Niagara Falls can be a good experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of New York, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! To help you find the best places to live in and around Niagara Falls, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, employment and more.

The livability score in Niagara Falls is 58/100 and the city is ranked in the 14th percentile of all cities across America. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Niagara Falls may not be a pleasant experience. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Niagara Falls has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Niagara Falls. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Niagara Falls has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Niagara Falls, Cave of the Winds, and Maid of the Mist.

Assuming that Niagara Falls meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Niagara Falls. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Niagara Falls are simply unattainable. The median home price for Niagara Falls homes is $69,200, which is 75.8% lower than the New York average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Niagara Falls, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.1, which is 55.3% lower than the New York average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Niagara Falls area were 12.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Niagara Falls, NY Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Niagara Falls, NY

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
University, Buffalo8113.75,400
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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cold Spring, Buffalo7514.4533
Bryant, Buffalo7514.75,717
Riverside Park, Buffalo7211.211,574
Leroy, Buffalo7114.45,379

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Niagara Falls, NY - One of the Worst in NY

Attractions3/10
Community1/10
Nightlife5/10
Dining4/10
Shopping5/10
Contrary to what some outsiders believe, Niagara Falls is not an beautiful as it once was year ago. The city is mostly slums now, people are disrespectful and rude to strangers at times, the teens here have zero consideration for others and will openly bully your child for no reason. Hate culture is on the rise here which makes it a rather poor place if you wanted to raise kids here.

Our law enforcement is also rather poor and as far as things to do go, there is nothing but bars and restaurants. The city streets fell into disrepair and there is trash on almost every street. Neighbors have no consideration for one another (Other than the older members of the community).

I have lived here with my family for 16 years now and I can say it was once a nice place, but over the years the city has gone to the slums, main street is not even nice anymore and discrimination is also a serious problem here. Homeless populations are a serious concern and job options are limited and disappointing.

If you are looking for a nice community to raise a child in or wanting a fresh start in life, this is NOT the place to go. Do your research and don't believe the tourist ads. Niagara falls I would rank as one of the worst places to live in New York State. If you don't mind a little noise and are okay with city life, I would recommend Buffalo's Elm Wood area or it's closer surrounding areas should you want to move to New York State. My family is currently working on moving further south to escape the long depressing winters than take place in New York. Safe Travels all and hopefully you find the place of your dreams in your search.
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Niagara Falls, NY - The Sights & Sounds

Attractions10/10
Community8/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping6/10
When I lived in Niagara Falls NY city, the sights and sounds of the city is what made me love it so much while I lived there. Although, now I live somewhere else, if I had the opportunity, I would definitely go back. The greatest attraction, which is of course Niagara Falls, is one of the most amazing and wondrous sights to behold. Living close to this amazing phenomenon was always a great advantage for me because I loved visiting this beautiful place.

Along with this wonderful aspect of Niagara Falls, the great people who reside in Niagara Falls is another. The beautiful clean neighborhoods in Niagara Falls is possible because of the great cooperation between all of the residents that live there. Neighborhood watches are also another excellent aspect the city of Niagara Falls takes pride of by making sure the crime rate stays at a low rate. The parks are another great feature the city of Niagara Falls offers to everyone. The parks there are green, beautiful and clean which can be enjoyed with the whole family.

The other entertaining activities in Niagara Falls are also great to enjoy with friends or with family. Things such as concerts, festivals and nature programs in Hyde Park are a great pass time with unforgettable moments. You can also take advantage of the gorgeous golf course in Niagara Falls, if you are an avid golf player. I for one have always loved Niagara Falls as a city to live in or visit. Given the opportunity again, I would definitely move back to Niagara Falls NY.
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Source: The Niagara Falls, NY data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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