Buffalo’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.
It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Buffalo.
And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Buffalo. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.
So the question arises, which Buffalo neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Buffalo hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Buffalo area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Delaware-West Ferry ranks way above the rest.
We examined 52 of Buffalo’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Buffalo’s reputation.
Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Buffalo according to data:
- First Ward
- Cold Spring
- South Ellicott
- Mlk Park
- Masten Park
Read on to see how we determined the places around Buffalo that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.
Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Buffalo.
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How we determined the worst Buffalo hoods
To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Buffalo:
- High unemployment (Less jobs)
- Low median income (Less pay)
- Low population density (No things to do)
- Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
- High crime (Estimated)
Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Buffalo for each of these criteria from worst to best.
Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a ‘Worst Score’.
The neighborhood with the lowest ‘Worst Score’ ranks as the worst neighborhood of Buffalo.
Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Buffalo to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 52 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.
Median Income: $25,615
Median Home Value: $30,300
Median Income: $18,191
Median Home Value: $25,560
Median Income: $18,161
Median Home Value: $30,171
4. First Ward
Median Income: $28,550
Median Home Value: $25,700
5. Cold Spring
Median Income: $20,836
Median Home Value: $59,850
6. South Ellicott
Median Income: $21,840
Median Home Value: $38,450
7. Mlk Park
Median Income: $18,493
Median Home Value: $28,640
8. Masten Park
Median Income: $21,763
Median Home Value: $42,933
Median Income: $28,279
Median Home Value: $48,500
Median Income: $28,237
Median Home Value: $39,300
The ‘hoods around Buffalo that are really hoods
Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Buffalo with Babcock landing at the bottom of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Buffalo aren’t all bad. Delaware-West Ferry takes the cake as the best place to live in Buffalo.
We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Buffalo Neighborhoods
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