The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Buffalo For 2021


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Buffalo that are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Buffalo.
Worst Neighborhoods In Buffalo

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 South Abbott ranks way above the rest.

We examined 50 of Buffalo's neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don't quite measure up to Buffalo's reputation.

So what's the worst neighborhood to live in Buffalo for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Emerson looks to be the worst neighborhood in Buffalo.

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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The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Buffalo For 2021

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Population: 1,980
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $22,540 (4th worst)
Median Income: $17,900 (worst)
More on Emerson:  Data

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Population: 7,184
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $21,479 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $19,697 (2nd worst)
More on Broadway-Fillmore:  Data

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Population: 3,160
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $23,860 (5th worst)
Median Income: $26,499 (15th worst)
More on Babcock:  Data

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Population: 2,485
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $37,900 (11th worst)
Median Income: $26,230 (14th worst)
More on South Ellicott:  Data

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Population: 3,027
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $29,600 (7th worst)
Median Income: $22,626 (5th worst)
More on Mlk Park:  Data

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Population: 1,426
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $33,867 (9th worst)
Median Income: $24,727 (10th worst)
More on Emslie:  Data

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Population: 683
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $21,800 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $21,396 (3rd worst)
More on Squaw Island:  Data

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Population: 1,641
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $24,533 (6th worst)
Median Income: $22,075 (4th worst)
More on First Ward:  Data

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Population: 4,197
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $34,230 (10th worst)
Median Income: $25,572 (12th worst)
More on Genesee Moselle:  Data

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Population: 5,425
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $18,575 (worst)
Median Income: $28,327 (19th worst)
More on Grider:  Data

How we determined the worst Buffalo hoods in 2021

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, New York 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 50 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.

The 'hoods around Buffalo that are really hoods

Well there you have it -- the worst of the neighborhoods in Buffalo with Emerson landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Buffalo aren't all bad. South Abbott 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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Where Are The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Buffalo For 2021?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Emerson 1,980 $22,540 $17,900
2 Broadway-Fillmore 7,184 $21,479 $19,697
3 Babcock 3,160 $23,860 $26,499
4 South Ellicott 2,485 $37,900 $26,230
5 Mlk Park 3,027 $29,600 $22,626
6 Emslie 1,426 $33,867 $24,727
7 Squaw Island 683 $21,800 $21,396
8 First Ward 1,641 $24,533 $22,075
9 Genesee Moselle 4,197 $34,230 $25,572
10 Grider 5,425 $18,575 $28,327
11 Schiller Park 10,387 $38,950 $23,481
12 Masten Park 2,526 $50,667 $23,080
13 Kingsley 3,056 $31,075 $24,422
14 Lovejoy 7,787 $40,582 $28,195
15 Valley 835 $45,050 $28,588
16 Black Rock 6,015 $54,318 $33,108
17 Leroy 5,379 $50,517 $22,734
18 Medical Park 2,039 $65,050 $28,011
19 Tifft 1,327 $46,267 $34,819
20 Military 4,259 $64,200 $28,808
21 Lasalle 8,445 $65,136 $32,803
22 Kenfield 7,067 $47,029 $30,884
23 Riverside Park 11,574 $49,893 $25,052
24 Columbus 2,597 $87,533 $26,620
25 Willert Park 4,679 $66,783 $25,930
26 North Delaware 2,300 $109,950 $56,023
27 Triangle 3,876 $60,450 $33,130
28 Delaware Park 1,815 $186,575 $42,783
29 Seneca 2,834 $69,450 $31,059
30 Waterfront 959 $372,700 $44,795
31 Cazenovia Park 5,471 $71,000 $44,504
32 Kaisertown 5,166 $66,317 $41,058
33 Bryant 5,717 $140,862 $37,936
34 Kensington 10,344 $47,975 $37,941
35 Grant Ferry 7,182 $71,821 $37,290
36 South Park 6,430 $65,414 $46,756
37 University 5,400 $77,950 $47,352
38 Front Park 11,957 $95,394 $29,248
39 Hamlin Park 7,022 $61,117 $35,402
40 Allen 3,189 $202,550 $41,194
41 Lakeview 3,509 $88,640 $28,684
42 Forest 10,837 $98,427 $45,625
43 Park Meadow 3,327 $257,800 $62,593
44 Abbott Mckinley 7,089 $89,288 $54,144
45 Parkside 2,507 $194,350 $67,097
46 Delaware-West Ferry 5,803 $160,671 $47,373
47 Albright 2,910 $257,900 $64,824
48 North Park 14,742 $136,700 $57,356
49 Starin Central 5,695 $201,957 $72,981
50 South Abbott 3,622 $113,920 $69,118